Jan 292009

>Or where’s your nomination, rather, which we’re currently accepting for the CineKink Tribute, an annual award that honors outstanding depictions of kink and sex-positivity in mainstream film and television.

Last year’s CineKink Tribute was presented to the film Shortbus— which was directed by our long-time nemesis, John Cameron Mitchell, and distributed by ThinkFilm–for its “frank, funny and human look at the inextricable role sexuality plays in our day-to-day lives and the many flavors it can exhibit.”

Meanwhile, honorable mentions (aka the CineKink Nod) went to Focus Feature’s Lust, Caution, to ThinkFilm’s documentary release Zoo and to the syndicated series, The Oprah Winfrey Show. (Yes, that Oprah…for the episode “237 Reasons to Have Sex”!) (You thought there were only 236?)

A wide range of works–will it be Tyra?–are eligible for consideration, as long as they were released for US distribution (theatrical, broadcast and/or cable) at any time in 2008. Winners will be announced in conjunction with CineKink NYC, which is coming up February 24-March 1, 2009.

So, who’s gonna take it home this year? Let us know!

Mar 072008

>As promised – though slightly delayed by the lingering and distracting effects of our Afterglow – a variety of CineKink NYC awards were announced at our awards celebration on Sunday night!

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 2008 award winners are:

CineKink Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature:
“Call Me Troy” (Scott Bloom, 2007, USA, 100 minutes)

CineKink Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature:
“Viva” (Anna Biller, 2006, USA, 120 minutes)

CineKink Choice Award for Best Experimental Feature:
“Silken Sleeves” (Maria Beatty, 2006, USA, 50 minutes)

CineKink Choice Award – Honorable Mention:
“Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezsploitation”
(Michelle Johnson, 2007, USA, 48 minutes)

CineKink Best awards, which go to short works in competition during the festival, were determined by jury deliberation and ranking. The 2008 award winners are:

CineKink Best Narrative Short:
“Who’s the Top?” (Jennie Livingston, 2005, USA, 22 minutes)

CineKink Best Documentary Short:
“Coming Out Spanko” (Tanya Bezreh, 2008, USA, 15 minutes)

CineKink Best Animated Short:
“Teat Beat of Sex” (Signe Baumane, 2007, USA, 4 minutes)

CineKink Best Experimental Short:
“Closer” (Aitor Echeverria, 2007, Spain, 7 minutes)
“Salt” (Campbell Farquhar, 2006, New Zealand, 3 minutes)

Honorable Mention/Best Experimental Short:
“Crossing” (HP Comings, 2007, USA, 19 minutes)

CineKink Honorable Best Mentions:
“Office Mobius” (Seung Hyung Lee & Seungil Hwang, 2007, USA, 5 minutes)
“Something About Nadia” (Erika Lust, 2007, Spain, 21 minutes)
“Wash Me Clean” (Michael Immerman, 2008, USA, 30 minutes)

This year’s jury included Thor Stockman, creator and presenter of the popular film clip program “S/M at the Movies,” 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.

“Schwarzwald” (Richard Kimmel, 2007, USA, 59 minutes)

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

“Shortbus” (2006, USA, 106 minutes)
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Screenwriter: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish, PJ DeBoy, Raphael Barker, Jay Brannan, Peter Stickles and Justin Bond.
Producers: Howard Gertler, John Cameron Mitchell and Tim Perell
Executive Producer: Wouter Barendrecht and Alexis Fish
Distributor: ThinkFilm

CineKink Tribute Honorable Mentions (aka The CineKink Nod):
Lust, Caution” (Focus Features)
The Oprah Winfrey Show – 237 Reasons to Have Sex
Zoo” (ThinkFilm)

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

Sep 272007

>The talk show maven who regularly bashed the viewing of pornography and seemed perplexed by the purpose of various sex toys seems to be turning over a new, er, leaf. Last year she welcomed swingers into her midst. Lately she’s been sporting a whole new cheerful moniker for referrring to her genitalia. And this week’s show, Let’s Talk About Sex, did just that, opening the gates to the consideration of sex for older women, the possible enjoyment of pornography erotica by women in general and, truly mixing it up, a look at committed, open relationships.

A computer programmer and a stay-at-home mother, the couple profiled for the show, Greg and Hollie, appear to be – bless the producers! – aggressively “normal:”

Hollie enjoys reading, playing violin and knitting. Gregg’s hobbies include reading, hiking, camping and fencing. They love their two children, and their marriage, they say, has never been better. But there’s one thing about Hollie and Gregg’s life together that’s a little more unconventional.

Like 7 percent of women and 14 percent of men who answered a poll on Oprah.com, Hollie and Gregg say they have an open marriage.

Starting with lots of talking and a bit of outside dating, the discussion of how their particular arrangement transpired is continued on the show’s website. Along with pages and pages of viewer comments – many of them, presumably, from the percentile of Oprah’s audience not in an open relationship. Not yet, anyway.