HUMP!: The Story of HUMP!

Dan Savage's amateur porn festival returns to the Victoria Theatre with 11 screenings of 22 homemade films.

Courtesy of HUMP!

The 12 days of Christmas end on Friday, so now it’s time for 12 year of amateur porn. Whether you want to see 11 gender-nonconforming pipers piping or not, the 12th HUMP! Film Festival returns to the Victoria Theatre next week with 11 orgasm-affirming screenings over four gloriously raunchy days (Jan. 11-14).

Savage, whose 20-year-old, sex-positive column Savage Love originated in Seattle’s badass alt-weekly The Stranger — and runs in the print version of this l’il alt-weekly every Thursday as well — has been a staunch proponent of all manner of consensual lovemaking for years, and HUMP! started with a 2005 call for readers to mail in homemade dirty movies. After 12 years, and four international tours, it’s bound to make you squirm with discomfort even as you get seriously turned on.

2016-2017 HUMP! Teaser from HUMP! Film Festival on Vimeo.

“We bill HUMP! as an amateur porn festival,” Savage says. “But it’s more than that. It’s rare for people to watch porn that takes them outside their comfort zones— it’s rare for people to watch porn that, if they were home alone in front of the computer, they wouldn’t choose to click on and watch.”

“At HUMP! straight people watch gay porn, vanilla people watch kinky porn, gay people watch lesbian porn,” he adds. “And people laugh, they gasp, sometimes they cover their eyes. But at the end of every film people clap and cheer. It’s moving and wonderful and newcomers don’t expect it. The whole festival is a celebration of sexual diversity.”

If you’re not the biggest porn watcher, and you still think of that bow-chicka-wow-wow shit, you may be in for a real treat with these 22 shorts — including “Sock Puppet” (which includes exactly what you think it does, along with fisting, and xylophones), “Playing Scrabble” (which also includes what you think it does, although the triple-letter score turns into an orgy in which a triple scores), and the Best Sex winner “Fuck on the Mount,” in which a couple performs yoga-related acts on one in another in front of some beautiful vistas.

Plus there’s 19 more! Let’s restore porn to its proper place: a movie theater on a dingy block of the Mission. Let’s HUMP!

2017 HUMP! Tour, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 11-12, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., and 11:30 p.m..; and Saturday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m., and 11:30 p.m., at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., humpfilmfest.com

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