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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dan Savage's Hump! Film Fest is Nov. 9-11 at The Broad Theater

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 12:26 PM

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Advice columnist Dan Savage's Hump! Film Festival runs tonight through Saturday at The Broad Theater. The 12th edition of the festival includes 22 short (less than four minutes) mostly home-made, amateur porn films, and they feature a wide array of sexual practices and kinks (trailer below).

There's sex between straight, gay and transgender participants, as well as films with no sex or nudity. There are several comedies as well as an animated film. But there's also great diversity in what filmmakers wanted to do. Some couples are just showing off (climbing mountains and jumping out of a plane). One film has a touching confession of how someone reclaimed her sexuality after overcoming abuse. There's all sorts of exotic fetishes. A couple films with dominance themes are not easy to watch. There's a Tom of Finland-inspired version of The Little Mermaid. One film is less than 10 seconds long. A couple are mostly people singing songs.

Savage spoke to Gambit last year about the project. The original idea was to solicit short films from amateurs about whatever they liked to do or wanted to put in a movie. It is a project for exhibitionists and the libertine as well as anonymous kinksters, and it's meant to be as guilt- and exploitation-free as possible. Participants identities are not meant to be disclosed and the films are screened in a tour of theaters across the nation. They're not posted by the festival on the internet.

When Savage posts the solicitation for each season, he lists a couple of props that filmmakers can include to show that they made the film just for Hump. There are two obvious props in the 12th edition.

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