“The films are explicit but also very artful and real. The ‘porn’ label is there due to the sexual nature of the shorts, but it’s not really porn.”
The Hump! Tour, a festival of independently made dirty movies curated by sex columnist Dan Savage, has been touring cities in the U.S. and Canada. But the festival will not be appearing at Dormont’s Hollywood Theater, as originally planned, because of objections raised by borough officials last week.
Organizers have found a new venue for the June 13-15 event — Lawrenceville‘s newly opened Row House Cinema — but say the local controversy was unexpected. Since the festival’s founding in 2005, “We have never had a complaint from a city in nine years,” says Robert Crocker, executive producer of the Hump! Tour.
Hump! consists of five-minute films that feature an array of naked bodies and un-simulated sex acts — performed by pairs, groups and soloists and representing a broad spectrum of gay, straight and transgender performers. Taken together, says Savage, the films “combine erotica with humor and compassion in a way that’s oddly absent from commercial porn.” (Read the article here.)
And the festival has attracted indie filmmakers, some of whose work boasts impressive cinematography and clever scripts. The program even features a stop-animation segment.
Fri., June 13-Sun., June 15.
Row House Cinema,
4115 Butler St.,