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CineKink NYC: Unusual Sex in 'Shortbus' & Annie Sprinkle Documentary

Buck Angel - Schwarzwald - Richard Kimmel

CineKink – the name says it all – has announced the opening night selections of its fifth annual film festival, CineKink NYC. The event, scheduled for Feb. 26–March 2, 2008, is described as “a pansexual celebration that will also feature music, live performances and a fundraising silent auction.”

The selections are:

  • Richard Kimmel's Schwarzwald, which was screened at Outfest in Los Angeles last fall. The film, starring female-to-male transsexual sex star Buck Angel, “combines elements of Druidic ritual with the passionate, leather-clad goings-on of NYC's annual Black Party.”
  • Leah Meyerhoff's Team Queen, a music video “that features some of the best in New York burlesque in a gender-bending, fire-breathing, tassel-twirling, post-punk rock 'n roll extravaganza.” (Meyerhoff, a former Student Academy Awards finalist – for the short Twitch – served as a jury member at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival.)
  • Photographer Steven Speliotis' film debut, A Dog's Tale, described as “a sensuous and layered reverie on control and submission, longing and desire.”

CineKink NYC's program – approximately 70 films and videos – “cuts across orientations to celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, the event will also feature a short film competition, audience choice awards, presentations, parties and a closing afterglow celebration.”

The full line-up for CineKink NYC, as well as additional details on the kick-off gala and advance tickets for the festival, will be available online beginning Monday, February 4.

For more information, visit the CineKink website.

Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell

From the CineKink press release:

Among the headliners, first up, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 PM, is the festival's CineKink Tribute screening of SHORTBUS [above], honoring the ground-breaking film for its “extraordinary depiction of kink in mainstream film and television.” Then, at 9:30 PM, a program titled “New York Stories,” surveys adult entertainment offerings from New York-based directors Tony DiMarco, Venus Hottentot, Michael Lucas, Radley Metzger, Porno Jim, Audacia Ray and Candida Royalle.

Anna Biller in Viva

On Thursday, February 28 at 7 PM is TRIPLE X SELECTS: THE BEST OF LEZSPLOITATION, an international feast of lesbian-exploitation highlights from the 1960s and '70s, presented in all of their notoriously twisted glory, followed at 9 PM by VIVA [above], the sordid tale of a bored housewife who gets swept up in the sexual revolution, a highly stylized film that draws on classic exploitation cinema for its look, characters and story-line.


On Friday, February 29 at 7 PM, it's CALL ME TROY, an inspirational and moving tribute to gay activist and spiritual leader, Reverend Troy Perry. At 9 PM, SUSAN FOR NOW is a first-person account of a woman reclaiming her sexual freedom after a ten-year period of self-imposed celibacy. And at 11 PM, it's SEX MANNEQUIN and SUPERFREAK [above], a shape-shifting, body-swapping double-header of girl-girl adventures.

Kicking off Saturday, March 1 at 1 PM, “Lust, Animation!” is a colorful collection of naughty bits – some animated, all with lust burning hot in their hearts. At 3 PM, “Chick Flicks” presents works by women directors that incorporate explicit sex into their stories of hook-ups and romance. At 5 PM, during “Women Behind the Lens,” a panel of female directors will discuss their roles within the adult entertainment industry and the individual approach each takes in depicting sexuality on screen. At 7 PM, it's “Mix, Match & Mingle,” [above, the short Wildest Dreams] a round-up of shorts that look at the delights – and some dilemmas – of moving beyond monogamy, followed by “Give & Take” at 9 PM, a kinky collection of works that probe, prod and play with the dynamics of sexual power and release, control and submission. And, rounding out the day's screening schedule at 11 PM, THE THREE TRIALS is a dark, fairy-tale fantasy set against a backdrop of sexual fetishes.


Festival screenings move to Pioneer Theater on Sunday, March 2 at 1 PM with the New York premiere of ANNIE SPRINKLE'S HERSTORY OF PORN, featuring the best (and worst) clips from dozens of the 150+ films that Annie Sprinkle [right] made from 1973 onwards. At 3 PM, “Sunday How-To Sex-O-Rama” is a selection of excerpts taken from top-notch educational and how-to offerings. Concluding the festival's regular screenings at 5 PM, the US premiere of SILKEN SLEEVES sensuously presents four seasons of domination and submission as rendered by bondage expert and artisan, Midori.


Come out and drink a toast to this year's fantastic crop of CineKink filmmakers! Featuring encore screenings of jury-selected best shorts from the festival, along with presentations of the annual CineKink Awards. (FREE admission; location tba)


CINEKINK AFTERGLOW – Sunday @ 8:30 pm
But wait, there's more! Be sure to come out for our popular Afterglow Party, one last chance to meet, mix and mingle with your fellow CineKinksters and enjoy a few more select screenings, this time in a relaxed play party setting. Lounge on the sofas, find yourself a private nook or recline across a spanking bench and settle in for one final evening of CineKinky goodness unfolding all around you. Not to be missed! (More info to come, but please note that a very limited number of $25 advance purchase admission will be released; priority VIP admission will be given to CineKink NYC All-Access Pass holders.)


Advance tickets and passes are already on sale. Ticket prices for each regular screening are $10/$8 advance; $6 for seniors and students. Special event/party admissions are as noted above.

Discounted CineKink NYC All-Access Pass, including admission to all 16 regular film programs, plus the Kick-Off Gala & Opening Night Screening, party, the Awards Celebration and priority VIP entrance to the AfterGlow Party. Representing a 50 percent discount over individual ticket purchase, supplies will be restricted.

CineKink is also looking for volunteers. “We've got a variety of volunteer shifts and positions available – and can offer you comp tickets and our eternal thanks and admiration in return! Just email volunteers at cinekink dot com to sign-up! (Though, er, please watch for a return verification email from us if this is your first time corresponding with us. We really do want to hear from you.)"

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