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Good Vibrations’ Sixth Annual Independent Erotic Film Festival Successfully Celebrated Sex Positivity on the Silver Screen
Pioneering Adult Retailer Championed Sexy Cinema with Five Nights of Diverse Screenings, Panels and Parties
San Francisco, CA -- (September 28th, 2011): Good Vibrations, the trusted Bay Area retailer that takes pride in providing accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups, presented a huge range of erotic cinema in their sixth annual Indie Erotic Film Festival (IXFF). From September 17th – 22nd the presented an alternative to mainstream porn with diverse offerings of erotic cinema that was funny, romantic, hardcore, no sex, gay, straight, lesbian, queer, and kinky. With incredible turnout and community support, it is clear that people appreciate sex-positive cinema.
With an all-star lineup of thematic screenings, panels, and features leading up to the shorts competition at the Castro Theatre, IXFF celebrated the spectrum of sexuality in this uniquely San Francisco tradition. IXFF kicked off on September 17th with the legendary Susie Bright presenting her retro clip show “How to Read a Dirty Movie” at the Victoria Theatre. The first serious erotic film industry critic, Susie regaled the audience with fascinating anecdotes and comic quips in between obscure clips that illustrated the evolution of the porn industry.
Other events included the Night of Lust: Explicit Erotic Shorts by Erika Lust (Spain) at Roxie Cinema, featuring beautifully shot porn with an artistic and heterosexual focus; A Celebration of Sleaze! Gay porn panel, clip show, and screening of “Smut Capital of America” examining 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; and “Pink & White Delight:” an Evening with Shine Louise Houston celebrating queer pornographer Shine Louise Houston with a clip show and Q&A.
On Thursday, September 22nd saucy Indie film queen and drag celebrity extraordinaire, Peaches Christ and Good Vibration’s own staff sexologist Dr. Carol Queen presented the international short film competition featuring films from New Zealand, Mexico, France, North America and beyond, all in 7 minutes or less. In between the films the panel of drag queens Hugz Bunny and Lady Bear are brought comic relief to the unusual experience of watching sex on screen with strangers, and Dr. Carol Queen called out the short films' sexological significance. Event photos can be seen on the IXFF photo gallery page.
The finale began upstairs at the Barbary Coast themed pre-party in the Castro Theatre mezzanine where cocktails, corseted women and sultry songs from a swinging jazz band set the mood, and sexy prizes from various industry partners built excitement.
IXFF Producer Camilla Lombard says, “Good Vibrations is proud to present the spectrum of sexuality in a fun and sex positive way that really connects us with our community. We are grateful to our co-presenters, Toyfriend and Fun Factory, and all of our sponsors and partners for making it possible to create a forum to celebrate and explore the significance of erotic cinema today.” Good Vibrations Independent Erotic Film Festival was awarded SF Weekly’s "Best Place to see your (Talented and Attractive) Neighbors Naked."
Sponsors for IXFF included: 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, Evolution Fresh Juice, Hot Cookie, Del Arco Tequila, Dark Garden, and Good Vibrations' sister company, the award-winning video producers Good Releasing.
"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."
For tickets and details, visit: www.GV-IXFF.org.
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@example.com.
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