CineKink NYC: International Mr. Leather contest & erotic/bondage 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' reboot
The 8th annual CineKink NYC, a “specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality,” will take place March 1-6. In addition to film presentations, CineKink NYC 2011 will feature a short film competition, panel discussions, audience choice awards, a fund-raising kick-off gala, and an “afterglow party.”
The mini-festival kicks off at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, with a fundraising party at Taj Lounge (48 W. 21st St.), described as “a pansexual celebration” featuring movies, music, and “sexy performances.”
'Kink Crusaders,' 'Indietro'
On Wed., March 2, the festival moves to the Anthology Film Archives at 32 Second Avenue, where several film and video programs are scheduled daily until March 5. Among these are:
- Michael Skiff's Kink Crusaders, a documentary about the International Mr. Leather contest. (It's unclear whether Batman has a cameo in the film.)
- Vivian Darkbloom's Indietro, which sounds like an erotic, bondage-filled version of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The film “unravels the late-night visit of Honey and Nick – two suburban 'vanillas' – to the mysterious and sprawling home of George and Martha, the king and
queen of kink, and their 'maid,' Camille.” According to the filmmaker, Anaïs Nin and The Story of O were other sources of inspiration.
- Luca Martera's comedy Sexual Radar, about a detective who suddenly gains the ability to listen into people's sex fantasies.
- Pearl Tan's short Baby Cake, in which, for some mysterious reason, a gay couple (Adam J. Yeend, Dave Halalilo) and a lesbian couple (Claire van der Boom, Lee-Anne Garland) try to conceive a baby “naturally.”
Below is a full list of the scheduled films.
CineKink NYC 2011 schedule
Among the headliners, first up on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM, is the festival's CineKink Season Opener screening of KINK CRUSADERS, a documentary look at the International Mr. Leather contest, an annual event that draws thousands of men from around the world to compete for a title and a sash. Then, at 9:15 PM, SEXUAL RADAR posits the comedic possibilities of a misanthropic detective suddenly able to “hear” the sexual fantasies and musings of those around him.
On Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 PM, it's CRAVE, a colorful collection of shorts that look longingly at a wide range of desires and fixations. Then, at 9:00 PM, AN OPEN INVITATION: A REAL SWINGERS PARTY IN SAN FRANCISCO follows a happily-married couple as their rather staid relationship is elevated and erotically-charged by a chance introduction to the swing lifestyle – all culminating in their appearance at a “real life” sex party extravaganza.
On Friday, March 4 at 6:45 PM, the shorts program ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE looks at various nuances when sex, work and money intersect. At 9:00 PM, LUST, LOVE, LIFE is a sexy collection of shorts that celebrate those all-crucial four-letter words. And in CAGED, at 10:40 PM, a woman admits to her true sexual desires after years of marriage – and finds herself forced to fight for both her freedom and her life.
Kicking off Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 PM, an autobiographical documentary, RUN, RUN, IT'S HIM, explores in intimate detail how one man's relationship to porn has warped his understanding of women and dominated his personal interactions.
At 3:15 PM a panel discussion, PORN AGAIN, moves beyond polarizing debate to consider porn-making that is grounded in pleasure and ethics. At 5:30 PM a special industry 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 creative endeavors. At 8:00 PM, PRIDE & PREDILECTIONS is a fun and festive assortment of shorts about sexual orientation, identity and one's place in the world. And, closing out the festival's regular screening schedule at 10:10 PM, INDIETRO unravels the late-night visit of Honey and Nick – two suburban “vanillas” – to the mysterious and sprawling home of George and Martha, the king and queen of kink, and their “maid,” Camille.
CineKink NYC concludes the evening of Sunday, March 6 at 6 PM, with an Awards Celebration, including encore screenings of jury-selected best shorts from the week and presentation of the annual festival awards, to be followed at 9:00 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 locations for both events will be announced at a later date.
Screening details are from the CineKink press release. Many of the screenings are for adults only. For more information and advance tickets, visit the CineKink website.
Images of Madison Young in Indietro, and Adam J. Yeend, Dave Halalilo, and Claire van der Boom in Baby Cake via CineKink.