The 2006 CineKink Film Festival wrapped up this weekend, handing out a number of awards, none of which have been confirmed as a leather strap-on, though we can hope:
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS – “CineKink Choice”
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 2006 award winners are:
CineKink Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature:
“Vice & Consent”
(Howard Scott Warshaw, 2006, USA, 56 minutes)
The candor, wit and wisdom of such prominent, long-standing members of the BDSM community as Midori, Jay Wiseman, Janet Hardy, Race Bannon, Cleo Dubois and Michael Blue, help shatter some popular myths about BDSM practice and its practitioners, looking instead at the gifts of intimacy that lie within.
CineKink Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature:
“O – The Power of Submission”
(Ernest Greene, 2006, USA, 160 minutes)
The 1954 S/M literary classic, “The Story of O,” is updated to contemporary Los Angeles and given the hardcore treatment in this loving adaptation. Here, O is a tough and self-determined fetish photographer who is delivered by her boyfriend, Ray, to his brother Stephen’s ultra posh mansion in the hills. (Featuring Carmen Luvana, Kiley Ireland, Shayla Laveaux, Justine Joli, Adrianna Nicole, Evan Stone and Tommy Gun, with a special guest appearance by Nina Hartley.)
CineKink Choice Award – Honorable Mention:
(Aerlyn Weissman, 2004, Canada, 52 minutes)
A funny and engaging visit with four outspoken pioneers of the girlcam frontier. Ducky Doolittle seduces her cyber-fans with a heady mix of fun and sexuality. Ana Voog uses her cam as a 24/7 performance art vehicle. Dionne Lowen quit her job selling cars to open an ethical adult site. And Teresa Senft, adding her notions of biography, privacy and micro-celebrity, declares in the future “everyone will be famous to 15 people.”
JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORTS – “CineKink Best”
CineKink Best awards, which go to short works in competition during the festival, were determined by jury deliberation and ranking. The 2006 award winners are:
*CineKink Best Narrative Short (tie):
(Ian Gouldstone, 2005, UK, 8 minutes)
A man hears a story about a hitchhiker from the other side of the Internet.
(David Young, 2006, USA, 8 minutes)
A hot, casual encounter stirs up some surprising truths about love, life, online-dating…and danger.
**CineKink Best Experimental Short:
(T. Arthur Cottam, 2006, USA, 5 minutes)
Eat it. Lick it. Suck it. Swallow it. Relax, it’s just food.
**CineKink Best Documentary Short:
(Loree Erickson, 2006, Canada, 9 minutes)
Explicit images merge with everyday moments for a different – and sexy – view of disability.
**CineKink Honorable Best Mentions:
“Do You Take It?”
(Kirby Ferguson, 2006 Canada, 3 minutes)
The kinky cabaret duo, The Wet Spots, asks a crucial, musical question.
“Honey and Bunny”
(Eva Midgley, 2004, UK, 10 minutes)
One lovely afternoon, in a place not far away, Honey and Bunny embark on an exciting adventure.
“Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography”
(Becky Goldberg, 2003, USA, 37 minutes)
A look at some of the women committed to making and supporting pornography that includes their feminist values, including Greta Christina, Nina Hartley, Sharon Mitchell and Tristan Taormino.
This year’s CineKink jurors included filmmaker Francesca Rizzo, winner of a CineKink Best Award last year for her short “Sullivan’s Last Call;” Thor Stockman, creator and presenter of the popular film clip program “S/M at the Movies: The Good, The Bad and The Ridiculous;” and Bill Woods, a film festival programmer and curator of the New Filmmakers series at Anthology Film Archives.
FESTIVAL AWARD FOR EXTRAORDINARY MAINSTREAM DEPICTION OF KINK – “CineKink Tribute”
Recognizing extraordinary depiction of kink in mainstream film and television, the annual CineKink Tribute was presented to the film “Notorious Bettie Page,” for its tender portrait of the infamous pin-up icon, Bettie Page, and the people who both created and consumed the fetish imagery for which she’s best known.
Released by Picturehouse in 2006, “Notorious Bettie Page” was directed by Mary Harron from a screenplay she wrote with Guinevere Turner, and stars Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Lili Taylor and David Strathairn. Producers for the film were Pamela Koffler, Katie Roumel and Christine Vachon, along with executive producer John Wells.
Honorable mentions for the CineKink Tribute went to the television series “What About Brian?” (ABC) and “The Montel Williams Show” (CBS Paramount Domestic Television), and to the documentary “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” (IFC).
Making its fourth annual run October 17-22, 2006, CineKink NYC featured a specially selected program of films and videos that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality. Billing itself as “the really alternative film festival,” the event was presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of kink-positive depictions in film and television. With offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, works presented at CineKink NYC ranged from documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot pornography – and everything in between.
Selections from CineKink NYC will be featured in a traveling version of the festival, slated to appear in various cities throughout the coming year.
For more information, visit www.cinekink.com