By: Rob Perez –
We made our way to the Anthology Theater in New York City a few weeks back when the CineKink Film Festival was in town, and as much as we love film festivals we had to check out the one that bills itself as “the kinky festival.” This year’s offering were definitely kinky but in keeping with the goals of the festival, the films pushed the boundaries of sex on film in the hopes of developing a dialogue among the masses, especially those who appreciate its honest representation. Films such as the documentary The Sarnos: A Life In Dirty Movies about sexploitation director Joe Sarno, whose films were known for capturing sex on film from a woman’s perspective. The original German experimental film Häppchenweise brings together six strangers to talk about sex and, as they become more comfortable with the topic and each other, act on it. Mr. Angel is a documentary on transgender advocate and porn performer Buck Angel who, despite his many struggles throughout the years, lives his life with no apologies. Then there were the many short films and documentaries that explored a whole mix of sexual topics, including submission and pornography such as the AVN Award-winning The Submission of Emma Marx (what’s an erotic film festival without some good XXX smut?)
Below is an overview and trailers of some of the many films presented at CineKink 2014. All film profiles courtesy of CineKink. For more information and for a complete listing of CineKink 2014 Award-winning films visit CineKink.com.
The Sarnos: A Life In Dirty Movies
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.
Directed by Wiktor Ericsson, 2013, Sweden, 80 minutes.
Oft-nude Tumblr star Elenore is wending her way through the dynamics of a relationship with a powerful business woman when she meets Eugene, a happily-married office drone. The two begin a liaison that is heavy on roleplay and cloaked in the semi-anonymity that can only come from digitally-born casual relationships.
As Elenore slowly peels back Eugene’s shell, she gets a glimpse of his motivations for finding her, and what was once an attempt at a strictly sexual exchange becomes a meaningful connection of intimacy both hilarious and absurd, sincere and complex.
Directed by Ryan Balas, 2013, USA, 69 minutes. Starring Richard Buonagurio, Audrey Kovar and Deirdre Herlihy.
Chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender advocate, educator, porn pioneer (and beloved CineKink alumnus filmmaker) Buck Angel. Buck has survived addiction, homelessness, suicide, and relentless opposition to his gender expression, yet he still lives his truth without compromise or apology.
Features interviews with talk show host Tyra Banks, author and columnist Dan Savage, sexologists Lux Alptraum and Tristan Taormino, porn mogul Michael Lucas, and actress/AVN winner Sasha Grey.
Directed by Dan Hunt, 2013, USA, 69 minutes.
One night, six bodies – and much to discover. Somewhere between aesthetic statement and a reality show, this fascinating experiment brings together six protagonists – mostly unknown to each other – to talk about their sexuality and, as they become more comfortable, to act upon it.
Real sex between real people, this is a film that shows how bodies and minds might meet when given opportunity and permission.
Directed by Maike Brochhaus, Germany, 2013, 72 minutes.
Broken Side of Time
Over a million women have modeling portfolios online, and Dolce is one of the few who have made a career of it, earning a steady living off of nude and fetish shoots.
But now 30, and tired of competing with 18-year-olds, Dolce realizes what once made her feel most alive is now bringing her down. Before starting a new career behind the camera, Dolce embarks on a long road trip home, shooting with her favorite photographers one last time, and shedding some old lifestyle vices along the way.
Combining real photo shoots using actual photographers, and a narrative based on some of their real-life adventures in front of the lens, this is a uniquely creative behind-the-scenes glimpse at a little-known world.
Directed by Gorman Bechard, 2013, USA, 126 minutes. Starring Lynn Mancinell.
In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Francisco – home to many low-income tenants and the heart of the gay male leather scene – faced destruction from the bulldozers of redevelopment and the AIDS crisis. The Folsom Street Fair was started to call attention to the ravages of gentrification and raise money for AIDS charities.
Including interviews with such leather luminaries as Race Bannon, Cleo Dubois, Gayle Rubin, and Jack Fritscher, this is the story of how a small street fair grew into the biggest outdoor kink and fetish event in the world, and managed to do a lot of good along the way.
Directed by Mike Skiff, 2014, USA, 72 minutes.