Mar 052009

>Slightly delayed by the lingering effect of–and subsequent recovery from– our ever-popular AfterGlow Party, here at long last are the CineKink awards for 2009!

CineKink Choice awards, which go to feature-length works in competition during the festival, were determined by audience balloting at the close of each eligible work’s screening. The 2009 award winners are:

CineKink Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature:
The Auteur” (James Westby)

CineKink Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature:
Graphic Sexual Horror” (Barbara Bell & Anna Lorentzon)
Kinky” (A. Benjamin)

CineKink Choice Award – Honorable Mentions:
Happy Endings?” (Tara Hurley)
Sex Positive” (Daryl Wein)

CineKink Best awards, which go to short works in competition during the festival, were determined by jury deliberation and ranking. The 2009 award winners are:

CineKink Best Narrative Short
Kink, Inc.” (Casey Clark)
Matinee” (Jennifer Lyon Bell)

CineKink Best Documentary Short:
Serving Madame Gina” (Gabriele Hoff, PsyD)

CineKink Best Experimental Short:
Erotic Moments” (Eva Midgley)
Un Piede di Roman Polanski” (Lauren Wissot & Rosanne Kapitoa)

CineKink Best Animated Short:
Teat Beat of Sex: 8-11” (Signe Baumane)

CineKink Best Musical Short:
At the Porno Shop” (Michael Mehfield)

CineKink Honorable Best Mentions:
BDSM: It’s Not What You Think” (Erin Palmquist)
Belle de Nature” (Maria Beatty)
Rubberheart” (Brian Crano)

This year’s jury included Steven Speliotis, a photographer and CineKink alumni director, Viviane, ring-leader of the sex blog, “Viviane’s Sex Carnival, and Bill Woods, a film festival programmer and curator of the New Filmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives.

Recognizing extraordinary depiction of kink and sex in mainstream film and television, the annual CineKink Tribute was presented to two works this year:

Swingtown” (CBS)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (CBS)

Honorable Mentions (aka the CineKink Nod)
Burn After Reading” (Focus Features)
How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)

Many thanks and congratulations to this year’s CineKink award winners – and to all of our ultra-talented filmmakers!

For more details on all of the award winning works…

Nov 212008

>With news that Basil Tsiokos, long-time artistic director of NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, had recently stepped down from his post, we had more of that earth-shifting-beneath-us sense that the film festival world is truly changing.

But even as he underscores the pressing festival financial realities that are only worsening in today’s economic climate, writing in an indieWIRE piece, FIRST PERSON | Basil Tsiokos: The Challenging State of Film Fests Today, he also offers some profound reminders of what draws many of us to this endeavor in the first place:

…the suggestion has grown that LGBT festivals have become increasingly irrelevant, especially in major metropolitan centers with large LGBT communities. What this ignores is that identity based niche fests serve a need beyond simply showcasing what used to be called “positive images.” Certainly, there are more LGBT images readily available in 2008 than there were when NewFest was founded in 1988 – but even then, when audiences were starved for representation, NewFest served another, more critical function: providing a communal public social setting where LGBT individuals could celebrate or debate LGBT films together with other LGBT audience members.

Substitute “kink” or “sex-positive” for LGBT and you not only get to the core of CineKink but, moving beyond mission statements, you land upon the aspect that energizes and inspires us to keep it growing. It’s an amazing thrill to bring CineKink’s films and filmmakers together with our audiences, to feel the buzz of “like-mindedness” as they experience a work together–or to speak with a director right after she’s had her work screened to a crowd that so apparently gets it.

We’ll keep those moments in mind over the next several months of preparing for the next CineKink NYC, most especially while keeping an eye on the budget and taking on the anxious task of drumming up financial wherewithals.

And we’ll wish Basil the very best of luck in his next adventures.

(via Film Festival Secrets)

Aug 112008

>Amazing but true, but give the Midwest Teen Sex Show a few key concepts, some colorful props and several feet of rope and they manage to convey in the space of several minutes what it takes many a fetish-friendly documentarian – self included – a good half hour to express.

Herewith MTSS Episode #18 (Fetishes)

(Though we know they’re kidding, our internal safety nazi wishes they’d spent a wee bit of that time literally underscoring the unwisdom of leaving anyone in bondage unattended. Probably the kids just get it?)