Feb 242017


Karen, a 50-year-old former teacher and father of a daughter, is currently training with an American cowboy for her transformation into a horse. In this form of role-play, known as “pony-play,” Karen dresses up as a “horse-being,” and as she undergoes physical training for dressage and pulling a cart, the boundary between reality and fantasy begins to blur.

A poetic reflection on humanity, gender, life, love and nature.

Directed by Jérôme Clément-Wilz, 2015, France, 63 minutes. US premiere.

Mar 092016

Rounding out multiple days of screenings and parties in its thirteenth annual appearance, organizers for CineKink NYC/2016 announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival’s closing celebrations held on Sunday, March 6, 2016

“The overall quality of the films was consistently high this year,” noted Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director, as she presented the awards. “Congratulations not just to the winners tonight, but to all of the works for being part of such a stellar line-up!”

Audience Choice Awards for CineKink 2016 were given to “The Red Umbrella Diaries” (David Kornfield) for Best Documentary Feature, with “Schnick Schnack Schnuck” (Maike Brochhaus) winning for Best Narrative Feature, and an Honorable Mention award going to “Sector King Zulu King” (Maria Beatty and Nickel Dakota).

The Red Umbrella Diaries David Kornfield and Chris Fiore accept an award from CineKink's Lisa Vandever

David Kornfield and Chris Fiore of “The Red Umbrella Diaries” accept the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary from CineKink’s Lisa Vandever (photo by Stacie Joy)

In the shorts competition, juried festival awards went to “Feminist Porn Filmmakers” (Lora Hristova) for Best Documentary Short, “An Appointment with My Master” (Erika Lust) for Best Narrative Short, “Pepper” (Patrick Aubert) for Best Dramatic Short, “Dad in Mum” (Fabrice Bracq) for Best Comedy Short, “Locked” (René de Sans and Mamana) for Best Experimental Short, and “RITES” (Bunnyz) for Best Musical Short. Honorable Best Mention awards were presented to “Everybody Does It” (Meg Brotherton), “I Am a Tourist I Would Like to See Him Naked” (Margie Schnibbe aka Vena Virago) and “Wild Lovers” (Isabel Dresler). A special CineKink Festival Award for Outstanding Creative Vision was announced for “Clitorissima” (Giovanna Carla Gia Balestra AKA Vulvah van Klitt, with animation by Sarah Koppel)

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 Charles Lum, an alumnni CineKink filmmaker.

The annual CineKink “Bring It!” award, determined by audience ballot during a presentation of excerpts showcasing current adult cinema, went to “Houseboy” (Pandora Blake).

The CineKink Tribute, recognizing extraordinary depictions of kink and sex-positivity in mainstream film and television, was presented to the series “Broad City” (Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson/Comedy Central), for its “affirmation that women have raging libidos equivalent to that of any guy.” Honorable mentions for the CineKink Tribute went to the television series “Inside Amy Schumer” (Amy Schumer and Andy Powell/Comedy Central) and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna/The CW), and to the feature film “Magic Mike XXL” (Reid Carolin/Warner Bros. Pictures). Works eligible for consideration this year were those released or aired in the United States from January 1 until December 31, 2015.

Making its 13th annual run March 1-6, 2016, 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/2016 included PURE, along with Bowery Bliss, KinkyMedical.net and njoy, plus Leather Archives & Museum, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Purple Passion, Pleasure Salon and Conduit.

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

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

Feb 222016

CineKink NYC returns for its 13th annual appearance on March 1-6, 2016, bringing with it a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the festival also include a short film competition, presentations, audience choice awards, a fund-raising kick-off gala and a concluding afterglow party.

“It’s stunning how sex-positive filmmaking has evolved in the years we’ve been presenting the festival, just in terms of range and quality,” said Lisa Vandever, co-founder and director of CineKink. “I know our audience will be particularly delighted this year. We’ve managed to book-end our competition screenings with two sexy, light-hearted comedies, S&M Sally and Schnick Schnack Schnuck. And then present a stellar round-up of kinky offerings in between.”

The CineKink NYC festivities begin Tuesday, March 1, at 8 PM, with a fundraising KICK-OFF GALA extravaganza to be held at Taj (48 W. 21st Street, NYC), a pansexual celebration that, in addition to music and sexy performances, offers several cinematic gems up on the screen.

The festival then moves to Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC) from Wednesday, March 2 through Saturday, March 5, with several different film and video programs scheduled for each day.

An awards celebration and an AfterGlow play party complete the festival’s run on Sunday, March 6.

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Among the headliners, first up on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM, is the festival’s CineKink Season Opener screening of S&M SALLY, a comedy that follows a lesbian couple as they explore the underground world of BDSM, while their friends compete to see who’s cool enough to go through with a polyamorous, bisexual threesome.

Then, at 9:15 PM, THE PLEASURE OF ROPE is a documentary look at the Japanese art of rope bondage and the people who practice it, sometimes obsessively.

On Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 PM, the shorts program MIX & MINGLE offers up a range of libidinous pursuits, from solo act to group expression.

Then, at 9:15 PM, the Swedish feature KIM follows a young artist as she struggles to come to terms with whether she’s dominant, submissive…or both.

On Friday, March 4 at 7:00 PM, a documentary, THE RED UMBRELLA DIARIES, digs deep into the personal experiences of people who trade sex for a living, illuminating the complexities and contradictions that sex workers face.

And at 9:30 PM, COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: SEX WORKERS’ WORDS AND WISDOM, is a special event bringing together the likes of Jiz Lee, Stoya, Chelsea Poe, Colin and Angie Rowntree, and Morgana Muses to share their personal experiences around coming out – or not – about their involvement in the porn industry.

Jiz Lee, Coming Out Like a Porn Star



Kicking off Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 PM, the shorts program SCARLET WOMEN takes a direct gaze back at societal norms, staking a claim for female agency and all desires fulfilled.

At 3:00 PM, CineKink’s annual porn showcase, BRING IT!, features a dazzling array of talent from today’s adult cinema, each representing a wide range of genres and visual styles, all stepping up with a hot sampling of their recent endeavors.

At 5:40 PM, a double-feature, SECTOR KING ZULU KING and GONE, explores the mixed emotions of lust, longing, love…and loss.

At 7:50 PM, a collection of shorts, RITES & ROLES, focuses on the rituals we practice and the roles we play, touching upon a range of kinky connections.

And at 10:00 PM, the festival’s closing competition film, SCHNICK SCHNACK SCHNUCK, a refreshingly up-to-date and sun-dappled homage to 1970s porn, combines explicit sex with a playful take on relationships, love, sex and jealousy.

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CineKink NYC concludes the evening of Sunday, March 6 at 7:00 PM, with a CINEKINK AWARDS CELEBRATION, including presentation of the annual festival awards, to be followed at 8:30 PM by the CINEKINK AFTERGLOW party, one last chance to mingle with like-minded festival-goers and enjoy a few additional screenings, this time in a relaxed, play party setting.

The location for both Sunday events is Bowery Bliss, a club located on the Lower East Side; exact address will be provided to all ticket holders.

For more information, check out the CineKink line-up.

Tickets and passes may be purchased via Eventbrite.



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.”

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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.