Film

Hump!

Let’s get it on

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bellingham is, by and large, known as a pretty liberal place. Indeed, our liberal nature is referenced often when it comes to the political climate here, our building practices, our fashion sense and pretty much all aspects of what is often perceived as our free-and-easy lifestyle.

But for a supposedly liberal bastion, we aren’t exactly all that liberated.

For instance, while you’ll soon be able to buy marijuana in any number of locales around town and you can already purchase a stunning variety of things out of which to smoke it at several longstanding and respectable local businesses, if you’re looking to buy yourself a lap dance, you’re going to have to travel at least an hour either north or south to find a place to do so legally.

Not that I’m advocating for a strip club on every corner, mind you.

But strip away the flannel and the Carhartts and you’ll find not just a bleeding heart, but also a surprisingly spicy side to this City of So-Called Subdued Excitement. This racier element sneaks out at various burlesque shows, the monthly installments of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and assorted other sexy events, but it will be on loud and proud display Sat., Nov. 9 at the Pickford Film Center, courtesy of Seattle’s most irreverently outspoken alternative newsweekly, the Stranger.

Since 2005, the Stranger and its sister publication the Portland Mercury have put on a yearly film festival in which amateur porn makes its way to the big screen—in a big way. Dubbed, appropriately, Hump!, the festival is a largely unvarnished and wholly enthusiastic look at how average people interpret sex in all its many cinematic forms.

Dreamed up by the fertile mind of Stranger Editor and all-around force of nature Dan Savage, the festival began as an offhand idea during a brainstorming session among Stranger staffers. Savage floated the notion of putting all Seattle’s kinks on display on the big screen, someone else on the staff mentioned Boston’s amateur erotic video contest You Oughta Be in Pictures, Savage issued a challenge to all of Seattle via the Stranger’s blog the Slog in which he referred to Boston as a “dull chowder town,” and Hump! was born.

With Savage as its founding father and the Stranger’s knack for all-out, in-your-face promotion behind it—not to mention the public’s inherent, insatiable curiosity concerning sex in all its many forms—the success of the fledgling festival was all but assured.

To be sure, since that auspicious beginning, which featured two showings at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, Savage’s big, sexy baby has grown into a multi-city film festival, one that, for the first time ever, will feature a showing at Bellingham’s Pickford Film Center.

While Hump! seems like little more than an onscreen lark (a lark that comes complete with hefty cash prizes for its winners, mind you), as with everything the outspoken Stranger editor does, there’s a method to Savage’s sexy madness. A tireless, incredibly effective advocate for creating a more sex-positive world, Savage, via the creation of Hump!, has engineered an event that not only entertains, but also helps celebrate sexuality in all its many types and forms. And if it happens to spur conversation—and spur audience members to create Hump! entries of their own—so much the better.

As for what you’ll find at this year’s incarnation of Hump!, here are just a few of the short film titles and descriptions provided courtesy of the Stranger (warning: explicit content ahead): “’Mouthpiece:’ A real-life marching band gets figuratively sexy;” “’Art Primo:’ Gorgeously stylized (plus hot and sweaty) sex between women;” “’Planet Girth:’ An animated short about horny rabbits;” “’Raiders of the Lost Arse:’ Sexy animated Disney Parody;” “’Japanese Catholic Lesbian School Girls in Love:’ Just what it says, and animated”—and those are just the ones tame enough to make it into print here.

At press time, it was unclear whether Savage himself will make his way to Bellingham to host our first foray into the world of Hump!, but if he’s not there in person, he’ll certainly be all over Pickford Film Center’s big screens—in spirit, anyway. And much like losing your actual virginity, when it comes to Hump!, you’ll never forget your first time.

3 Oms 8th Anniversary (Spotlight)
More Film...
Citizen Jane
Battle for the City

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, directed by the gifted journalist and documentarian Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor), tells the story of a David-and-Goliath fight over urban planning that took place more than 50 years ago. Yet the movie just about pulses with contemporary…

more »
Mysterious Sci-Fi Cinema
A Film Is Truth fundraiser

Because I was raised by fascists who lived to persecute me (Hi, mom and dad!), I didn’t (read: wasn’t allowed) to watch much television when I was growing up. For years, the only thing I knew of popular programs came from the chatter of my friends—chatter I was sadly excluded from.…

more »
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Long live Baby Groot!

The word “Marvel,” as in comic books or movie studios, has become a foundational term of our culture. Yet you could sit through almost every one of today’s comic-book movies and not find a whole lot to marvel at. That’s where Guardians of the Galaxy came in. In an era of…

more »
Events
Today
Nutrition for Fertility

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Swing Dance

8:00pm|Eagles Hall

Poetrynight

8:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Guffawingham

9:30pm|Green Frog

Lester and Hyldahl
Tomorrow
All-Paces Run

6:00pm|Fairhaven Runners

Downtown Walk with WNPS

6:00pm|Maritime Heritage Park

Bellingham Reads

6:30pm|Bellingham Public Library

Audubon Talk

7:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

MVHS Jazz

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

University Choir

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Books on Tap

7:00pm|Maggie's Pub

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Bayview Civic Hall

Village Books Lester and Hyldahl
Wednesday
Ski to Sea Book Sale

10:00am|Bellingham Public Library

Spring Tea

2:00pm|Lynden Community Center

Blaine Marina Tour

2:00pm|Blaine Marina

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market Opening

3:00pm|Hammer Heritage Square

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Brewers Cruise Kickoff

6:30pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Just Halibut

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Thomas Marriott Quartet

7:00pm|Unity Spiritual Center

Panty Hoes

9:00pm|Rumors Cabaret

see our complete calendar »

Northwood Steak and Crab Trove Village Books Bellingham Farmer’s Market Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Lester and Hyldahl