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Good Vibrations' Sixth Annual Independent Erotic Film Festival Celebrates Smut and Sex-Positivity on the Big Screen
Pioneering Adult Retailer Explores Sexy Cinema with Five Nights of Diverse Screenings, Panels and Parties in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA -- (August 11th, 2011): What gets you hot and bothered? What makes you laugh? What makes you say “WHAAA?!?” Independent filmmakers from around the world are ready to show you in 7 minutes or less as part of Good Vibrations Sixth Annual Indie Erotic Film Festival (IXFF) from September 17th – 22nd at various venues in San Francisco. With an all-star lineup of thematic screenings, panels, and features leading up to the shorts competition at the Castro Theatre, IXFF celebrates the spectrum of sexuality in this uniquely San Francisco tradition.
Good Vibrations, the trusted Bay Area retailer that takes pride in providing accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups, presents erotic cinema that goes far beyond the standard erotic fare offered by mainstream media, be they funny, romantic, hardcore, no sex, gay, straight, lesbian, queer, or kinky.
On September 22nd saucy Indie film queen and drag celebrity extraordinaire, Peaches Christ and Good Vibration’s own staff sexologist Dr. Carol Queen welcome you to the international short film competition where you can see what’s hot in New Zealand, Mexico, France, Israel, North America and beyond, all in 7 minutes or less. For those envisioning an awkward night of TMI, rest assured that the films go far beyond amateur porn, and while Peaches Christ and her veteran drag queen friends Hugz Bunny and Lady Bear are on hand to bring comic relief to the unusual experience of watching sex on screen with strangers, Dr. Carol Queen calls out the short films' sexological significance.
Lube up for a night of sex and laughs upstairs at the Barbary Coast themed pre-party in the Castro Theatre mezzanine where whiskey, women and song welcome you to a night of decadence with sexy prize, live music, ye olde mustache booth and bawdy burlesque by Twilight Vixen Revue.
IXFF Producer Camilla Lombard says, “Good Vibrations loves bringing people together to celebrate life, love, art, and sexual education and liberation- and what better reason than a week-long erotic film festival in our gorgeous city by the Bay? A recent study indicated that San Franciscans have the most sex partners in America, so it’s only fitting that we should celebrate it with our very own festival!” Good Vibrations Independent Erotic Film Festival was awarded SF Weekly’s "Best Place to see your (Talented and Attractive) Neighbors Naked."
The festivities kick off on Saturday, September 17th at the Victoria Theatre with best-selling author and sex-positive feminist Susie Bright’s “How to Read a Dirty Movie”. The first serious erotic film industry critic, Susie will bring us through the annals of porn history and illustrate how outspoken women and erotic outliers transformed and revolutionized both Hollywood and porn. Prepare to be amused, aroused, entertained and educated at this one-of-a-kind event!
Sunday, September 18th IXFF presents a Night of Lust: Explicit Erotic Shorts by Erika Lust (Spain) at Roxie Cinema. Mark the calendar for a very special date night featuring an evening of artistic porn and erotica from one of Europe’s hottest filmmakers. Enjoy a collection of lush, sensual and artistic erotic shorts portraying authentic female pleasure in a variety of sexy scenarios. Heterosexual focus.
Tuesday, September 20th IXFF exalts gay porn with A Celebration of Sleaze! Gay porn panel, clip show, and screening of “Smut Capital of America” at the SF LGBT Center. Spend an evening with the kings of gay porn and enjoy a collection of their favorite scenes followed by a panel discussion exploring the cinematic, aesthetic, and erotic visions of the top gay porn producers in the world from porn powerhouses Naked Sword, Titan, Treasure Island, Falcon, and Raging Stallion. Last year’s event was such a success that we had to move to a larger space!
Wednesday, September 21st IXFF celebrates lesbian and queer filmmaking with “Pink & White Delight:” an Evening with Shine Louise Houston featuring a Special Clip Show Screening and Director Q&A at the SF LGBT Center. Join Shine Louise Houston, founder of Pink & White Productions as she journeys through some of her favorite selections and speaks about creating a sustainable adult entertainment company that exposes the complexities of queer sexual desire.
Straight, gay, queer, or kinky, you will find it at the festival finale at Good Vibrations’ short film competition at the Castro Theatre on September 22nd. Look forward to Mexican wrestling with superheroes, see what happens in a sexy hotel when you put the “please disturb” sign on the door in “Room 33,” see how one man answers the ultimate ultimatum in “Me or the Porn”, and embrace your lusty carnivore in “Burger Time,” among others. Audience choice winner receives $1,500!
"People who send us films have a chance to really mate their own creative impulses with their erotic fascinations and social messages," says Carol Queen, Good Vibrations' Staff Sexologist. "The results are always interesting and frequently very sexy and moving indeed. These short films represent sexual cinema with the artistry and diversity put back in that so frequently is absent from both porn and mainstream movies."
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Sponsors for IXFF include: Toyfriend, Fun Factory, LELO, XBIZ, Jimmyjane, Vixen Creations, Doc Johnson, SF Bay Guardian, East Bay Express, Bay Area Reporter, Curve Magazine, Me Bath & Body, Leather etc., Eros, Twin Peaks Tavern, Lexington Club, SF Mix Bar, The Sausage Factory, Sliquid, Sir Richards, Digital Playground, Evolution Fresh Juice, Hot Cookie, Del Arco Tequila, Dark Garden, and Good Vibrations' sister company, the award-winning video producers Good Releasing.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Images and interviews with filmmakers available. Contact Camilla Lombard at 415.974.8985 x201 or [email protected].
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