As you all may know I’m not afraid to post about controversial things especially if it is an art form. When I heard about this, I had to fill you all in on this local event in case it interested anyone….
The ShowRoom Cinema and Parlor Gallery are producing the first Asbury Park Erotic Film Festival to unspool August 5-7 2016 in downtown Asbury Park. A film festival provides the opportunity to feature films under a thematic umbrella the film-going public doesn’t get to see. “Asbury Park is known for its love of freedom, hedonistic recreation and eclectic artistic spirit so it seems like a fertile environment for a collection of films, art and events that focus on erotica”, said Mike Sodano, co-founder of The ShowRoom Cinema. Festival Programmer Alex Chionettiwill help to create the film lineup. “I have an international pool of filmmakers who have produced erotic features seldom seen in this country.” Chionetti says.
Jenn Hampton, Co-Director and Curator of Parlor Gallery, will partner with The ShowRoom bringing in a talent pool complimenting the festival’s theme – A CELEBRATION OF THE SENSES. “Having curated many thematic art shows at the gallery, I know there is an audience in the greater Asbury Park area for visual erotic art. ”
A component of the festival will be a 3 minute erotic film challenge requesting submitted films shot over a 3 day period the week before. Dubbed the Eros-in-3 Film Challenge, this competition will allow for audience participation creating films and a final screening of the top 8 winners on Sunday, August 7th.
Sodano and Hampton plan on expanding this festival into a downtown-wide event. Many merchants will support the festival over the weekend with their own take on the sensual. “We are always trying to come up with new and innovative ways to bring people to the Art Block of Asbury Park.” Sodano said. “Along with the films, we’ve had interest in adding a lingerie fashion show, lectures, readings, demonstrations and sensual food tastings.”
Presently the schedule of films and events is being formalized. To find the latest information, go to APEroticfilmfestival.com or call 732-502-0472. All films will be shown at Asbury Park’s Art House, The Showroom Cinema 707 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, 07712.