HUMP!, Dan Savage's Homemade Porn Festival, Returns to S.F. Next Week

Can you believe that Savage Love has been running — in SF Weekly and many other places — for 20 years now? It seems like only yesterday the world was asking such sweetly naive questions about human sexuality, like “While going down on my girlfriend, should I pleasure her by reciting the alphabet?” and “What do I do about my friend who always leaves a pubic hair on my toilet seat every time he comes over?”

While Dan Savage has done the Lord's work at helping our puritannical society overcome its shame and embarrassment over how good sex feels, Savage Love is far from his only endeavor. The 11th Annual HUMP! Film Festival, consisting of a curated, diverse assemblage of homemade porn, will return to the Victoria Theater for three days beginning on Friday, Jan. 28.

[jump] Savage's love of pushing boundaries extends even to veteran kinksters. So you're a queer-identified agender individual who's into piss and singletails? Great! Now watch some vanilla porn between two people, in a theater full of total strangeers, and gauge your reactions. By returning porn to its roots — as something people did while simultaneously alone and in groups, usually in run-down places in liminal neighborhoods — Savage is glorifying the raunch that has largely disappeared from home porn consumption and putting things back in the hands of the people, who may be tired of porn's recycled archetypes. 

And it is a diverse lot. The 22 films at 2016's HUMP! cover a lot of ground, from I Fist a Grrrl to Cuckold (about a straight couple acting out an “emotionally charged fantasy” to Film Bonoir — which seems to play on the dual meanings of “dick,” private eye versus phallus — by way of a lot of lube, a lot of rope, the odd hotel haircut, and some orgies. It wraps up with DICK, which apparently got tacked on to the end because someone thought the overall programming lacked sufficient cock shots. Audience members get to vote on the entries in four categories: humor, kink, sex, and best in show, and Savage himself introduces the films. Sex-positivity is a muscle that needs constant workouts to stay in shape, lest you approach middle age and beyond with a narrowing of your erotic horizons. Go out there and see some homemade porn!

HUMP! Film Festival, Thursday, Jan. 28, 7 and 9:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 29, 7, 9:15, and 11:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan 30, 6:30, 8:45, and 11 p.m. At the Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St., humpfilmfest.com.

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