Dirty Looks returns with our annual Los Angeles event – Sesión Continua! Part marathon screening, part installation, our 24-hour porn theatre works to recall the queer porn palaces that proliferated our city before the advent of home video. From midnight Friday through midnight Saturday, Dirty Looks will screen classic works of gay and lesbian erotica in “sesión continua”-style: no schedules, no set attendance times. Slip in and out or stay a while, come together to witness a public approach towards explicit cinema that blended avant-garde film forms with another industry’s titillating requirements.
Sesión Continua will take place at Son of Semele, a 36-seat theater in Historic Filipinotown that has been operating since 2003. We want to convey the intimacy and appetites that animated original porn theaters like the Park or the Coronet Theater, with a limited seating that calls for closeness and an extended program that lubricates the flow of audiences into the theater.
Assembling an array of largely-preVHS pornographic titles, from Gay Hardcore to Lezspoitation, Dirty Looks will work with the Tom of Finland Foundation and Curse of Cherifa in selecting titles that queer and diversify gay pornography’s oft-limited lens of focus. Keeping true to originary programming models of sex cinemas of the late 1960s, the programming will promiscuously alternate between XXX works and avant-garde fair, once considered too individual or tempestuous for standard cinema screens. The project was originally devised by DL creative director, Bradford Nordeen, with Clara Lopez Menendez in 2015 and was previously staged at Machine Projects (2015, 2016).
Join us for this very special Dirty Looks screening. Come early, come late, come and leave or come and stay.
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