Feb 112016

CineKink has announced that S&M Sally will be the “CineKink Season Opener” selection for its thirteenth annual film festival, CineKink NYC, running March 1-6, 2016.

The comedy, which has had a hugely popular run on the film festival circuit, follows a lesbian couple as they explore the underground world of BDSM. Identifying as the butch one in a traditional butch/femme couple, Jamie, aka the pseudonymous “Sally,” assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own. Meanwhile, friends David and Lola compete to see who’s cool enough to go through with a polyamorous, bisexual threesome.

S&M Sally's Michelle Ehlen and  Shaela Cook

S&M Sally’s Michelle Ehlen and Shaela Cook

“I’m thrilled for S&M Sally‘s NYC premiere to be at CineKink,” said director Michelle Ehlen, who also stars in the film. “In setting out to do a character-driven comedy about BDSM, I wanted to make the film both authentic and realistic to those a part of the kink community, as well as accessible and relatable to those outside of it.”

S&M Sally – Trailer from Ballet Diesel Films on Vimeo.

S&M SALLY will screen on Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 PM at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), where the majority of the festival’s screenings are also unfolding. The program will also include Technical Difficulties of Intimacy, from director Joel Moffett, starring Buck Angel and Marianna Marroquin as a trans-man and a trans-woman trying to salvage their romantic relationship via new sexual horizons.

CineKink NYC kicks off the previous evening, Tuesday, March 1, with a gala fundraising kick-off party at Taj Lounge (48 W. 21st St., NYC), and runs through Sunday, March 6, concluding with an awards ceremony and an AfterGlow closing party.

Known as the “kinky film festival,” CineKink NYC (http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/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.

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.cinekink.com

Oct 092015

Call for Entries – CineKink 2016

CineKink –”the kinky film festival”–is seeking films, videos and, for the first time, original digital series that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality.

Dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, we’re looking to blur some boundaries and will be considering offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, with works ranging from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit–and everything in between.

Cutting across orientations, topics covered at CineKink have included–but are by no means limited to–BDSM, leather and fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, roleplay and gender bending, sex work and sex geekery. Basically, as long as it involves consenting adults, just about anything celebrating sex as a right of self expression is fair game. (Far be it from us to define “kink” – if you think your work might make sense in this context, please send it along!)

Scheduled for its 13th annual appearance in February/March 2016, the specially-curated CineKink NYC will also feature a short film competition, audience choice awards, a special “Bring It!” adult entertainment showcase/contest, a gala kick-off event and a sexy closing-night party. A national tour will follow, showcasing favorites from the NYC festival selections.

Silver Shoes team at CineKink

“Silver Shoes” actress AnnaBelle Lee and filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell at CineKink NYC 2015. (Photo by Stacie Joy.)

“It’s rare to visit a festival where sexually-themed documentary, racy art film, and adult cinema can share a program together,” says CineKink alumni filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell. “As an independent adult cinema director, I enjoy hanging out with filmmakers from other genres and cross-pollinating ideas about sexuality.”

“Screening at CineKink is like being part of an amazing, warm and kinky family,” observes Morgana Muses, another festival alumnus. “Being part of CineKink has helped us find audiences who trust the curated tastes of the festival will excite and expand their own viewing habits.”

it's my birthday and i'll fly if i want to

Morgana Muse’s “It’s My Birthday And I’ll Fly If I Want To” was named Best Documentary Short at CineKink NYC 2015.

The deadline for discounted, early-bird entries has been extended to October 16th, while the regular deadline is November 13th and the final deadline is December 4th.

Entry fees are waived for CineKink-alumni directors submitting by the “regular” deadline.

To submit directly with PDF entry form.

To submit via FilmFreeway.

To submit via Withoutabox.

For more information and complete guidelines: please visit the CineKink website.

Apr 272015

Some sad news on the CineKink front. After several years battling Alzheimer’s, then a sudden stroke in February, my father quickly declined and passed away last month. Very glad, though, that I was home at the end, and able to spend some extra time with him, along with my mom and sister.

William Vandever

Bill Vandever, 1971

In addition to being, inarguably, the best dad ever, William Mathewson Vandever was also my favorite CineKink alumni filmmaker. (I know I’m not supposed to have favorites, but hey…) Emblematic of the wit and sly humor he brought to everything, his 1964 short film, Media Dreams, screened with us in 2006 and, featuring a sexy Barbie doll come to life, was likely an early influencer in my compulsion to create CineKink in the first place. (Making it a real family production, my mother was a body-double for some of the more risqué shots, and the two of us had cameos as roughly ourselves at the film’s end. Watching it now, how could I not have created CineKink?)

CineKink PDX: 2--6

CineKink PDX: 2006

Though it was expected, my dad’s passing was a difficult time. Even more heartbreaking, however, was the loss of his lifetime of memories, and watching as he lost his brilliant way with words and, increasingly, his ability to communicate with us.

If you’’d like to support an amazing organization, one which offered at least a small way to connect with him in the end, or if you have a loved one who’s struggling with dementia, please take a moment to check out Music & Memory.

And to learn more about the great work they do, here’s a trailer for the incredible documentary Alive Inside.

Thanks so very much for your good thoughts!

Lisa Vandever
Co-Founder & Director, CineKink

Mar 052015

Rounding out multiple days of screenings and parties in its twelfth anniversary appearance, organizers for CineKink NYC/2015 announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival’s closing celebrations held on Sunday, March 1, 2015

“It was an especially tight competition this year,” noted Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director, as she presented the awards. “It’s an indication of the overall quality of the works showcased this festival, that our jurors and audience had such a hard time choosing between them. And what we’re honoring tonight is the absolute best of the best.”

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CineKink’s Lisa Vandever with award winners Andre Shakti (Marriage 2.0), Michael Nirenberg (Back Issues), Christina Court (High Shine) and Morgana Muses (It’s My Birthday…). photo by Stacie Joy

Audience Choice Awards for CineKink 2015 were given to Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story (Michael Lee Nirenberg) for Best Documentary Feature, with Marriage 2.0 (Paul Deeb) winning for Best Narrative Feature, and an Honorable Mention award going to the documentary Inside Her Sex (Sheona McDonald). A special festival prize, a CineKink Community Visionary Award, went to High Shine: 15 Years of International Ms Bootblack (Christina Court). 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 It’s My Birthday and I”ll Fly If I Want To (Morgana Muses) for Best Documentary Short, The Gordon Game (Jared Robbins) and Kimi Kabuki (Yoko Okumura) tied for Best Comedy Short, Rubber Romance (Sophie Dros) and The Table (Izabel Grondin) tied for Best Dramatic Short, and Zolushka (Wes Hurley) for Best Musical Short. Honorable Best Mention awards were presented to No Artificial Sweeteners (The Madame), Tease (Ms. Naughty) and The Art of Spanking (Erika Lust).

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 Cheyenne Picardo, an alumnni CineKink filmmaker.

The sixth annual CineKink Bring It! award, determined by audience ballot during a presentation of excerpts showcasing current adult cinema, went to “(S)he Comes” (Petra Joy).

(s)he comes

(S)he Comes

The CineKink Tribute, recognizing extraordinary depictions of kink and sex-positivity in mainstream film and television, was presented to the series Transparent (Jill Soloway/Amazon), for its “wry, yet tender look at the ripples created when one individual finally comes to terms with their true identity.” Honorable mentions for the CineKink Tribute went to several television series: Bob’s Burgers (Fox), The Mindy Project (Fox) and Outlander (Starz!). Works eligible for consideration this year were those released or aired in the United States from January 1 until December 31, 2015.

Making its 12th annual run February 24-March 1, 2015, and enjoying record-breaking attendance, with several sold-out programs, 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/2015 included Bowery Bliss, KinkyMedical.net and njoy, along with Conduit Enterprises, Dom Sub Friends, Leather Archives & Museum, Leather Pride Night NYC, Lyft, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Open Love NY, Pandora’s Box, Pleasure Salon, Poly Cocktails, 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 232015

CineKink has announced that the US premiere of Inside Her Sex will be the “Season Opener” selection for its twelfth annual film festival, CineKink NYC, running February 24-March 1, 2015.

Directed by Sheona McDonald, the documentary explores female sexuality, and its intersection with shame, through the eyes and experiences of three women – Candice, Elle and Samantha – each brave enough to chart her own course of sexual discovery. While the women have little in common, each have faced their sexual selves head on, choosing to step outside the bounds of what society has dictated and find their own way forward.

Inside Her Sex is a fascinating look at the many ways in which we’re told and taught to view ourselves sexually, and how we might move beyond that,” said Lisa Vandever, co-founder and director of CineKink. “It’s also a perfect film to launch this year’s festival, one in which female sexual expression, and female creativity, are especially prominent.”

Along with a short documentary, It’s My Birthday And I’ll Fly If I Want To, from director Morgana Muses, Inside Her Sex will screen on Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 PM at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), where the majority of CineKink NYC’s screenings are also unfolding.

Several other programs in the festival line-up will continue CineKink’s focus on female pleasure and self-expression:

  • Lust Stories is a collection of lust-filled, female-centric shorts from women directors (Friday, 2/27, 7:15 PM).
  • A Tribute to Club 90 brings together four denizens of NYC’s “Golden Era of Porn” – Veronica Hart, Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle and Veronica Vera – for a rare public appearance and some frank reminiscing (Friday, 2/27, 9:30 PM).
  • High Shine: 15 years of International Ms Bootblack pays tribute to the many woman-identified bootblacks of the leather community, and the traditions and practices that sustain them (Saturday, 2/28, 1:00 PM).
  • A feminist porn edition of Bring It!, CineKink’s annual porn showdown, features an array of talent from today’s adult cinema (Saturday, 2/28, 5:00 PM).
  • And award-winning filmmaker, Jennifer Lyon Bell, will present a workshop, From Fantasy To Film: Intro to Making Your Own Porn, for those inspired to create their own erotic cinema (Sunday, 3/1, 2:00 PM).
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    Jennifer Lyon Bell

    Filmmaker Jennifer Lyon Bell

    CineKink NYC kicks off Tuesday, February 24, with a gala fundraising party at Taj Lounge (48 W. 21st, NYC), and runs through Sunday, March 1, concluding with an awards ceremony and an AfterGlow closing party.

    For more information, visit http://www.cinekink.com

    Tickets and passes may be purchased via http://cinekinknyc2015.eventbrite.com