Mar 192014
 

Rounding out multiple days of screenings and parties in its eleventh anniversary appearance, organizers for CineKink NYC/2014 announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival’s closing celebrations held on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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CineKink award winners Paul Deeb and Creamy Coconut.

“It’s so exciting to be stepping into the next decade of CineKink,” noted Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director, as she presented the awards. “If the quality of the works we’re honoring tonight are an indication, we’ve got great things ahead.”

Audience Choice Awards for CineKink 2014 were given to “Broken Side of Time” (Gorman Bechard) for Best Narrative Feature, with “The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies” (Wiktor Ericsson) winning for Best Documentary Feature. The CineKink Choice awards were determined by audience ballot just following each eligible film’s screening during the festival.

In the shorts competition, juried festival awards went to “Humain Chaleur” (Christophe Predari) for Best Dramatic Short, “Another Happy Anniversary” (Miranda Bailey) for Best Comedy Short, “Dear Jiz” (Ms. Naughty) and “Trains” (Paul Deeb) tied for Best Experimental Short, and “Black Folk Don’t: Do BDSM” (Angela Tucker) for Best Documentary Short. Honorable Best Mention awards were presented to “Music Box” (Anna Brownfield), “Tom’s Gift” (Todd Verow & Charles Lum) and “Un Bisous Americain” (JM Darling).

Determining the shorts awards, CineKink jurors this year included Viviane Tang, ring-leader of the sex blog “Viviane’s Sex Carnival,” Bill Woods, a film festival programmer and curator of the New Filmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives, and Miss Alyx, an alumnni CineKink filmmaker.

The fifth annual CineKink “Bring It!” award, determined by audience ballot during a presentation of excerpts showcasing current adult cinema, went to “de-railed” (Quinn Cassidy and Creamy Coconut), with a first-runner up slot going to “The Submission of Emma Marx (Eddie Powell and Jacky St. James).

The CineKink Tribute, recognizing extraordinary depictions of kink and sex-positivity in mainstream film and television, was presented to the film “Don Jon” (Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Relativity Media), for its “sly look at the myth-building realms of both porn and romance.” Honorable mentions for the CineKink Tribute went to the series “Masters of Sex” (Showtime), the television program “The Real 50 Shades of Grey” (E!), and to the film “Afternoon Delight” (Jill Soloway/Film Arcade). Works eligible for consideration this year were those released or aired in the United States from January 1 until December 31, 2014.

Making its 11th annual run February 25-March 1, 2014, CineKink NYC featured a specially selected program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. Billing itself as “the kinky film festival,” the event is dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television. With offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, works presented at CineKink NYC ranged from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.

Sponsors of CineKink NYC/2014 included Bowery Bliss, Crystal Delights, KinkyMedical.net and Takedown Piracy, along with DistribPix, Leather Archives & Museum, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Purple Passion and The Eulenspiegel Society.

Selections from CineKink NYC will be featured in a traveling version of the festival, slated to appear in various cities throughout the coming year.

Feb 122014
 

THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES will be the “CineKink Season Opener” selection for the eleventh annual film festival, CineKink NYC, running February 25-March 2, 2014.

The documentary is a love story about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, “the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street,” and his wife and collaborator Peggy. Following the couple for a year, as 88-year old Joe struggles to get a new project off the ground, the film’s intimate perspective reveals a filmmaker’s golden years and a quest for significance, while providing a look back at the evolution of softcore films into the hardcore porn that all but put the Sarnos out of business.

“I always knew that Joe and Peggy, and their relationship, would be a big part of the film,” said director Wiktor Ericsson, describing how he became involved with the project. “I fell in love with them before I knew anything about Joe’s filmmaking: ‘Imagine your favorite grandparents, only they make sex movies!’”

“I’ve been a long-time fan of Joe Sarno’s films, and the way they capture the abandon and hedonism of a particular time and place,” said Lisa Vandever, co-founder and director of CineKink. “What struck me here was the poignancy of a man looking back at his life, and working to revive what had once given him a sense of purpose and relevance.”

The Sarnos / Trailer from DIVISN on Vimeo.

THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES will screen on Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 PM at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), where the majority of the festival’s screenings are also unfolding. Immediately following, at 9:00 PM, CineKink will present THE BED AND HOW TO MAKE IT, a black-and-white classic from Sarno’s early, New York-centered prime, which follows the sordid goings-on that transpire when a young woman goes to work as a chambermaid in her aunt’s motel.

CineKink NYC kicks off the previous evening, Tuesday, February 25, with a gala fundraising kick-off party at Taj Lounge (48 W. 21st St., NYC), and runs through Sunday, March 2, concluding with an awards ceremony and an AfterGlow closing party.

Known as the “kinky film festival,” CineKink NYC will again feature films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. With offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at the festival will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.

The screening of THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES is made possible by Film Movement, which will be distributing the documentary sometime next summer. THE BED AND HOW TO MAKE IT is courtesy of DistribPix.

Dec 102013
 

CineKink reminds adult industry filmmakers of the deadline for entries for its 2014 Bring It! adult cinema showcase, to be held in February during the annual “kinky film festival” in New York.
 
CineKink is seeking short films and videos for Bring It! that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality, with specific emphasis on and from the adult film industry. Submissions may also be excerpts from longer works. The offerings are intended to serve as a sampler of what styles of works are being created by current filmmakers in the adult industry. A winner will be selected from the Bring It! showcase, determined by audience vote of those present for the screening.

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Petra Joy’s JOY CLUB/Bring It! 2013 winner

“Since modern-day porn wasn’t created with a theatrical audience in mind, we began excerpting adult works as a way to share those films with our audience in a way they would more easily–and comfortably– appreciate.” says Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director. “We’ve started to review some great submissions from the adult industry; we’d like to remind those who have yet to submit that the final deadline is Friday!”

In addition to the “Bring It!” screenings, CineKink’s “Pornapalooza” programming sidebar, traditionally scheduled during the Saturday afternoon of the festival, will also include works about porn and porn-making, as well as a panel discussion. Past panels have included topics such as “Feminist Porn,” a discussion on ethical porn-making, and “The State of Smut: NYC.”

Bring It! screenings, which became competitive in 2010, have featured works by such directors as multiple Bring It!-award-winning Tristan Taormino, as well as additional winners Petra Joy and Courtney Trouble, along with Buck Angel, Eli Cross, Dominick Ford, Ernest Greene, Nenna Joiner, Kimberly Kane, Eddie Powell, Candida Royalle, Madison Young, and more.

There is no restriction on production completion dates, as long as the work is completed at the time of submission. International submissions in most overseas formats are also accepted. The final postmark deadline for submissions is December 13th.

For more information and details on entry submissions, check out the CineKink call for entries or submit directly via Withoutabox.
 

Apr 112013
 

Featured at the premiere CineKink in 2003, and winner of one of our first-ever audience choice awards, Preaching to the Perverted is due for a revivial — and a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its restoration is currently underway.

‘Preaching to the Perverted’ on Kickstarter

Written and directed by Stuart Urban, the British romp was inspired by actual UK trials of people practicing consensual BDSM. It stars Christien Anholt as a fetish scene infiltrator, gathering evidence for a conservative MP keen to crack the whip on smut, who falls in love with the domme played by lesbian icon Guinevere Turner, leader of the colorful ‘House of Thwax.’ Filmed in a high camp style with a cast and crew often drawn from the UK scene, the film is a joyful–and funny–portrayal of kinky sexuality, one that is all too unique in its presentation of kinksters in a sympathetic, human light.

Interest in kinky topics has found Preaching to the Perverted a new audience, but the technology used to make it has meant that a revival on Blu-ray and HD digital download requires extensive restoration work. In order to fund this, the production company has launched a crowd-funding campaign to restore and remaster the 35mm original.

The cast and director are reuniting for this appeal and are offering a slew of rewards to encourage donations… among them, tickets to a planned NYC premiere of the restored version, which will be hosted by CineKink.

Get in on the fun and help restore a kinky, cult classic!