CineKink NYC returns March 1-6, 2011 for the film festival’s 8th annual event, showcasing films like Kink Crusaders and An Open Invitation: A Real Swingers Party in San Francisco. From the official press release:

CineKink NYC returns for its eighth annual appearance on Tuesday, March 1st, bringing with it a specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the festival also include a short film competition, presentations, audience choice awards, a fund-raising kick-off gala and a concluding afterglow party.

Billing itself as “the kinky film festival,” the event will run March 1-6, 2011. Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, works presented at CineKink NYC will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit – and everything in between.

The kink-filled festivities begin Tuesday, March 1st, at 8 PM, with a fundraising kick-off extravaganza to be held at Taj Lounge (48 W. 21st St., NYC), a pansexual celebration that, in addition to music and sexy performances, offers several cinematic gems up on the screen.

The festival then moves to Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), Wednesday, March 1 through Saturday, March 5, with several different film and video programs scheduled for each day. An awards celebration and an AfterGlow play party complete the festivities on Sunday, March 6.

Among the headliners, first up on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM, is the festival’s CineKink Season Opener screening of KINK CRUSADERS, a documentary look at the International Mr. Leather contest, an annual event that draws thousands of men from around the world to compete for a title and a sash. Then, at 9:15 PM, SEXUAL RADAR posits the comedic possibilities of a misanthropic detective suddenly able to “hear” the sexual fantasies and musings of those around him.

On Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 PM, it’s CRAVE, a colorful collection of shorts that look longingly at a wide range of desires and fixations. Then, at 9:00 PM, AN OPEN INVITATION: A REAL SWINGERS PARTY IN SAN FRANCISCO follows a happily-married couple as their rather staid relationship is elevated and erotically-charged by a chance introduction to the swing lifestyle—all culminating in their appearance at a “real life” sex party extravaganza.

On Friday, March 4 at 6:45 PM, the shorts program ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE looks at various nuances when sex, work and money intersect. At 9:00 PM, LUST, LOVE, LIFE is a sexy collection of shorts that celebrate those all-crucial four-letter words. And in CAGED, at 10:40 PM, a woman admits to her true sexual desires after years of marriage–and finds herself forced to fight for both her freedom and her life.

Kicking off Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 PM, an autobiographical documentary, RUN, RUN, IT’S HIM, explores in intimate detail how one man’s relationship to porn has warped his understanding of women and dominated his personal interactions. At 3:15 PM a panel discussion, PORN AGAIN, moves beyond polarizing debate to consider porn-making that is grounded in pleasure and ethics. At 5:30 PM a special industry showcase, BRING IT!, features a dazzling array of talent from today’s adult cinema, each representing a wide range of genres and visual styles, all stepping up with a hot sampling of their recent creative endeavors. At 8:00 PM, PRIDE & PREDILECTIONS is a fun and festive assortment of shorts about sexual orientation, identity and one’s place in the world. And, closing out the festival’s regular screening schedule at 10:10 PM, INDIETRO unravels the late-night visit of Honey and Nick–two suburban “vanillas”–to the mysterious and sprawling home of George and Martha, the king and queen of kink, and their “maid,” Camille.

CineKink NYC concludes the evening of Sunday, March 6 at 6 PM, with an Awards Celebration, including encore screenings of jury-selected best shorts from the week and presentation of the annual festival awards, to be followed at 9:0O PM by the CineKink Afterglow Party, one last chance to mingle with like-minded festival-goers and enjoy a few additional screenings, this time in a relaxed play party setting. The locations for both events will be announced at a later date.

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