If you’ve got the next couple of nights free, live in the New York area, and are a dominatrix with sub tendancies whose fetishes include whip play and lunch meat, then the newly-un-handcuffed New York S/M Film Festival may be just the ticket. Actually, the Festival, which boasts an amazing array of both modern classics and S/M-themed films, is an ample cinematic opportunity for both seasoned scene veterans and the flat-out curious.
The S/M roster includes “Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist,” one of the best-reviewed films of 1997 (it even took home honors from Sundance) which opens the festivities, and other spankin’ good treats include “Betty Page and Friends,” Irving Klaw’s series of films featuring the legendary pinup, and the infamous “9 1/2 Weeks” — a chronicle of obsessive love, pain, and risk. Oh, and Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger looking really sweaty.
The S/M Film Festival began on [ October 3rd, ] but you can still catch screenings on [ October 6th and 7th ] at the Anthology Film Archives in New York, located at 32 2nd Avenue (at 2nd Street). For program details and film synopses, see the [ the S&M Festival website. ]