Jan 272010
 

>The CineKink “Season Opener” selection for our seventh annual film festival, CineKink NYC, running February 16-21, 2010, will be the US premiere of the award-winning drama, S&M Judge.

Directed by Flemish filmmaker Erik Lamens and based on a celebrated Belgian incident, the film tells of a respected judge who, desperate to save his marriage, reluctantly gives in to fulfilling the masochistic desires his wife has been hiding from him for decades. Initially shocked at her revelation, his love helps him overcome his inhibitions, and they begin to enjoy a secret life in the city’s underground S/M scene.
But when the two are caught up in a police sting, his arrest and trial cause a national scandal. While their activities have been purely consensual, the court views his participation as criminal, putting his job, reputation and family life in jeopardy.

S&M Judge is a beautiful and moving account of the conflict many face in balancing their sexual desires with societal views of what is ‘normal’—and with outmoded legal restrictions that are still on the books in many communities,” said Lisa Vandever, co-founder and director of CineKink. “We’re very proud to give the film its US premiere and present it to our audiences.”

S&M Judge will screen on Wednesday, February 17, 6:45 pm at Anthology Film Archives, where the majority of the festival screenings are also unfolding.
CineKink NYC kicks off the previous evening, Tuesday, February 16, with a gala fundraising party, and runs through Sunday, February 21, concluding with an awards ceremony and an AfterGlow closing party.
More info on all that–and advance tickets–coming soon!
Update: Tickets are available here! A donation of 25% from all advance ticket sales will go to support NCSF.

Nov 062008
 

>Tonight’s episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will reprise one of our favorite prime-time characters, Lady Heather, the mysterious sometimes love interest of the tortured Gil Grishom.

Are they meant to be? You can weigh in on the program’s message-board–but first, check out this CBS-compiled retrospective:

Oh, yeah–and tune in tonight. Soon, even! (Though you can probably also find the episode here…)

Oct 172008
 

>Just as with dating, it might be too much to expect both qualities in one package. And the not-so-mixed reviews don’t exactly make a compelling argument for a dash to the cineplex. (Though largely affectionate–”I sort of liked it”–critic Andrew O’Hehir’s review also includes the observation that it “…seems like a movie Jim Jarmusch might have started in 1991 and then abandoned because it wasn’t going anywhere.” Yikes! That’s the very fear that has kept us unproductively lodged in our creativity burrow all these many decades.)

But Madonna’s directorial debut, Filth and Wisdom, would seem to have enough CineKink-relevant themes to warrant at least a quick go-over–and, who knows, quite possibly a Tribute? We’re ever-eager to be happily surprised.

Oct 102008
 

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CineKink @ New York Leather Weekend – TONIGHT!
As part of NYLW, a weekend-long celebration of NYC’s almost-back-to-burgeoning leather scene, we’re presenting ‘Give and Take,’ a kinky collection of shorts that probe, prod and play with the dynamics of sexual control and submission. Assume the position!

Date/Time:
Friday, October 10 – 8 pm

Location:
LGBT Community Center
208 W. 13th Street (bet. 7/8th), NYC

More info and full program line-up is here!

Oct 102008
 

>Mazel tov to one of our favorite CineKinksters, Lolita Wolf, for her prize-winning suggestion in Violet Blue‘s recent competition to determine the best sex-related ad campaign. Lolita’s entry, last year’s “Dominate Winter” interactive campaign for the Cooper Mini, which featured a cat-suit clad dominatrix encouraging the user to put the car through its paces.

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Violet’s criteria for the competition were pretty inclusive – by “sex-related I mean just downright sexy and hot, or incredibly clever, controversial, or just plain fun” – and a slew of tasty examples can be found in both the comments to that post and in her follow-up announcing the winners. (Both of which we’ve bookmarked and will be pillaging far into the future.)

And this week, Violet moves on to the question of whether sex can actually sell a product, bringing in AdRant‘s Scott Hall to ruminate with her on how much of it’s a help and how much of it is just hype and sizzle.

Well, we’re not sure how many Aspvik units it helped move. And we’re way late for Violet’s deadline. But for our money, our all-time favorite sex-related – and sex-positive! – ad continues to be Ikea’s Neighbors.

Scratch that. We totally want an Aspvik, now!