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Thursday, October 25, 2012

HUMP! 2012 Update

Posted by on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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FILMMAKERS: We know you're anxious to find out if your film made it into HUMP! The jury met this weekend... and it's meeting again today at noon. We got more submissions this year than we've ever had before and we need a little more time to review the films, watch some a second time, and talk about what's in and what's out. We're sorry about the delay but it's because we want every film to get a fair hearing, viewing, and shot. We will make the announcement today at 3 PM. Hold tight!

PORN FANS AND CINEASTES: You are not gonna wanna miss this year's HUMP! Get your tickets now!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Most Submission EVER

Posted by on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:24 AM

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We're a little overwhelmed by the number of submissions for this year's HUMP! (Maybe it's the new $5000 cash prize for "Best In Show"?) The HUMP! Jury meets this weekend to watch the films and select the best for the fest, and HUMP! jurists are preparing for a long weekend. (We've cleared our schedules and stocked up on paper towels, Xanax, and Dramamine.) This is a HUMP! you're not going to want to miss! We've scheduled more shows than ever in Seattle and Portland and we're having a screening in Olympia this year. Tickets are on sale now and screenings are already selling out. Get your tickets to HUMP! while you still can!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

HUMP! More Film Submissions Than Ever Before!

Posted by on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It's official! We have the most submissions *EVER* which means (probably!) the best program ever. Thanks (and good luck!) to all the horny-porny filmmakers! To everyone else who wants to go and see HUMP!—here's an update on tickets.
I have to say, the midnight Saturday show sure is a fun one. Who doesn't want to drink tequila at HUMP!? Nobody, that's who!

Tickets to the following Seattle shows are SOLD OUT:

Friday, 11/9 9:30 pm
(but there are 60 tickets left to the 7 pm show - get them now!)
Saturday, 11/10 7 pm; 9:30 pm
(Why would you NOT see the midnight show on Saturday? Midnight shows are THE MOST FUN of all the shows)

Friday, 11/16 8 pm & 10 pm
Saturday, 11/17 8 pm & 10 pm
(This midnight Saturday show is the guaranteed best because it is the LAST HUMP of 2012. Watch us destroy the submissions live on stage and drink some tequila about it.)

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  • Jake clifford, 2010 HUMP!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Be The First to Get HUMP!-ed!

Posted by on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM

You can be the first of your friends to see HUMP! in Seattle. Thursday, November 8th, is the first of the Seattle screenings, and they're selling out quickly. Get your tickets online at www.strangertickets.com.

Come early or stay after to enjoy drinks and fun company in SIFF's temporary HUMP! Lounge. Ooh, and as with every screening, don't forget to vote for those winners! Who will take home the cash and the glory this year?

Hmm, this ballot box looks like something, but Im not sure what?
  • Kelly O
  • Hmm, this ballot box looks like something, but I'm not sure what?

Monday, October 8, 2012

HUMP! Tickets Available Now (but Not for Long!)

Posted by on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Tickets to HUMP! are nearly sold out for the Saturday night shows. Don't be left out in the cold, harsh, amateur-pornless void. Buy your tickets here!

Kelly O
  • Kelly O

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

HUMP! 2012 Deadline Extension

Posted by on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

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The announced deadline for HUMP! submission was this Friday, October 5. But the HUMP! jury can't convene—we can't hold our porny conclave—until October 15. (My crazy travel schedule is to blame.) So we're pushing the deadline back a week to give HUMP!ers a little extra time to tweak their videos. The deadline for submissions is now Friday, October 12. And if you haven't started your HUMP! film yet... it's not too late. One of last year's winning films was shot the day before the deadline. Get HUMPing! All submission details are here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

HUMP! Takes Over Our State Capitol

Posted by on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Did you know that HUMP!, The Stranger's one and only porn film festival, will screen in Olympia this year at the Capitol Theater? It's true! On November 14th, we'll take HUMP! to this fair city for the very first time. HUMP! also screens in Portland, Oregon 11/8—11/11, and of course, here in Seattle on 11/8—11/11 at Uptown Cinema, and 11/15—11/17 at On the Boards. Tickets for all of the screenings go on sale Tuesday October 2nd at 6 am.

It should also be said that this is the final weekend to finish your film. Entries for HUMP! are due next Friday October 5th. Who doesn't want to take home the $5,000 Best In Show Grand Prize? Nobody, that's who!

All the info and forms that you need at thestranger.com/hump.

Ricki, aka Lou Henry Hoover, and Susanna, aka Kitten LaRue, doin it for Olympia!
  • Kelly O
  • Ricki, aka Lou Henry Hoover, and Susanna, aka Kitten LaRue, doin it for Olympia!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's Hump Day! Have You Started Your HUMP! Film Yet?

Posted by on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Only 15 more days to finishing HUMP-ing! The deadline to enter The Stranger's Annual Porn Film Festival is October 5th. All the information you need is right here at thestranger.com/hump (including entry and release forms, hoo wee, don't forget to turn in those with your film!)

**DO IT FOR YOUR COUNTRY, DO IT FOR FREEDOM**

**Extra credit points for Clint Eastwood, and/or Mitt Romney cameos. Oh okay, not really, but those would be popular, and I would vote for them to win...

Susanna, aka Kitten LaRue, and Ricki, aka Lou Henry Hoover, doin it for their country!
  • Kelly O
  • Susanna, aka Kitten LaRue, and Ricki, aka Lou Henry Hoover, doin' it for their country!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Extra Credit Points For... LESBIAN SEX!

Posted by on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Now that I've got your attention... Did you know there's only 19 days left to make your film for HUMP! 2012? It's true. I hope you've started your entry?
Don't forget, extra credit points this year go to:

Sweater Vests
Lesbian Sex

and... Packing Peanuts!

All the info you need is right here: thestranger.com/hump. It's time to get HUMP-ing! Remember too, that every film submission receives two free tickets to the festival. And it's totally free to enter. Get busy, now!

Susanna, aka Kitten LaRue, and Ricki, aka Lou Henry Hoover, gettin' humpy!
  • Kelly O
  • Susanna, aka Kitten LaRue, and Ricki, aka Lou Henry Hoover, gettin' humpy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It's Hump Day! Have You Started Your HUMP! Film Yet?

Posted by on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

You gotta hurry! The deadline for entries is October 5th. Did you know that, unlike most film festivals, there are ZERO entry fees? Did you also know that anyone and everyone who submits a film gets TWO FREE TICKETS even if their film isn't chosen? It's true! It's win-win, baby!

To get you inspired, check out the 2011 winner of the $1,000 Grand Prize, in the Humor Category. Please note: The filmmakers themselves uploaded this winning film to YouTube after the HUMP! screenings were over. We destroy all copies of every film after HUMP!. More details, including all the categories, and all the cash prizes at thestranger.com/hump.

And now, (drum roll, please) here's Mythical Proportions:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tonight! Porn Making Workshop @ Babeland

Posted by on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

It's not too late to register for the FREE FREE FREE workshop tonight at Babeland. It starts at 7 pm. The smarty pants Babeland sexperts, and yours truly, will help you with ideas and techniques to make your film a reality.

Register here! And read more about HUMP! 2012 (including this year's extra credit props) right here at thestranger.com/hump.

You can't win if you don't enter! This year's cash prizes are:

Best Humor: $1,000 First Prize, $250 First Runner-Up
Best Sex: $1,000 First Prize, $250 First Runner-Up
Best Kink: $1,000 First Prize, $250 First Runner-Up
Best in Show: $5,000 Grand Prize

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  • Jake clifford

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Friday, June 8, 2012

HUMP! 2012 Call for Submissions!

Posted by on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

HUMP! 2012 Call for Submissions!

Posted by on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 9:28 AM

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

HUMP! 2012 Call for Submissions!

Posted by on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Writing Up HUMP! 2012 Announcement...

Posted by on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM

...and wanted to ask any HUMP! fans lurking on Slog if there's anything in particular they'd like to see this year. Last year's "EXTRA CREDIT" props included duct tape, Super Soakers, and the number 7. Anything you wanna see this year, HUMPers? Writing this thing up now, so... need to hear from you ASAP.

EDS. UPDATE: Dates, submission guidelines, and all that for HUMP! 2012 are now over here!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Would You Like to Watch the Animated Centaur Porno That Won the Humor Category at Hump Last Year?

Posted by on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

The funniest movie at last year's Hump! is now enjoying its YouTube premiere. For a good time, go watch it again—or for the first time! It's NSFACPW (Not Safe for Anti-Centaur Porn Workplaces).

Related: The categories, deadline, and extra-credit details about the 2012 Hump will be announced in the next issue of The Stranger. If you want to win thousands of dollars this year at Seattle's only Pulitzer Prize-winning porn festival, you need to get cracking.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

And the HUMP! Award Goes To...

Posted by on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

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We announced the winners of this year's HUMP! Awards last night. Find out who won here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

HUMP! 7 Winners!

Posted by on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 7:22 PM

HUMP! by the numbers: two cities, 23 films, 29 packed screenings, 12,000 happy, horny audience members, and 12,000 ballots to sort and count. The Pacific Northwest’s biggest, best, and only amateur porn festival has come and gone. Ask anyone who was lucky enough to get a ticket: HUMP! is a truly magical event, a joyful celebration of sexual diversity. But HUMP! couldn’t happen without the performers and directors who make the films! And so, without further ado, it is our pleasure to announce this winners of this year's HUMP! Awards.

BEST HUMOR
Runner-Up ($500 prize): "Go Fuck Yourself"
First Place ($1000 prize): "Mythical Proportions"

BEST KINK
Runner-Up ($500 prize): "Don’t Call Me Missy"
First Place ($1000 prize): "Knife"

BEST SEX
Runner-Up ($500 prize): "The One Where the Girl is Pushed Against the Door"
First Place ($1000 prize): "Music for 2 Humans"

And...

BEST IN SHOW
The coveted Palme d'HUMP!—and the $4000 Grand Prize—goes to...
"Teenage Dream"

Congratulations to everyone who participated in HUMP! 2011. You're all winners in our book. We hope you had as much fun making your entries as we had watching them. And if you think you can do better... start working now on your five-minute flick for HUMP! 2012. Details coming this Spring!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Secular Orientation

Posted by on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Greta Christina posts a thoughtful review/reflection on HUMP!:

I loved the polymorphously perverse variety of it: the mix of straight and gay and lesbian and bi and “who the fuck knows what that was”; the mix of kink and vanilla and many flavors in between; the mix of fucked-up and hilarious and touchingly sweet. I loved that some of the most kinky and fucked-up stuff was also some of the sweetest. And even though it makes me a little sad that most of these films are shown only for the HUMP festival and will never be seen again (all copies of the films are returned to the filmmakers or destroyed after the festival—one of their mottos is “porn star for a weekend—not for life”), there’s also something about this that I liked. It made me feel more present, more in the moment, made me pay closer attention and really be here now. (Be there then. Whatever.)

But I think the thing I liked best about the HUMP! festival was… well, the very fact that it was happening. The fact that several hundred people were willing—not just willing but happy, not just happy but excited and delighted and eager—to sit in a public space with several hundred strangers, and watch explicit, often wildly freaky sex videos. (At multiple shows per night. Most of which sold out almost immediately.)

There was a shameless quality to the event. And I don’t mean “shameless” as in “brazen” or “audacious” or “in-your-face.” I mean, quite literally, without shame. The audience was excited, delighted, surprised, shocked, turned on, grossed out, touched, laughing uproariously, on the edge of their seats, and more. But I was in that theater for an hour and a half—longer, if you count hanging out in the lobby waiting to get in—and I didn’t get a single whiff of shame. A little giggly nervous excitement was the closest I saw to anything even resembling shame. And it was a privilege and a delight to see, and to be part of. Like Lily Tomlin said in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: “The play was soup—the audience was art.”

Go read the whole thing. (Thanks for the heads up, Blaghag.)

Friday, November 11, 2011

HUMP-ing This Weekend at Uptown Theater

Posted by on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Hey, did you know there's still tickets for the last two midnight shows... and also, rush tickets have been available at ALL shows. You can still get HUMP!-ed! Like these people. I think they were having fun...

On The Boards, Thurs Nov. 3rd
  • Kelly O
  • On The Boards, Thurs Nov. 3rd

Monday, November 7, 2011

There Was No Girl-on-Girl(-on-Donut) Action at This Year's Festival

Posted by on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 8:29 AM

An important correction to this weekend's Slog post about HUMP!:

I'm Mateo Valentino, the director and one of the actors in the film Donut! I'm writing in regards to your recent write-up of HUMP! I wanted to let you know that both of the main actors in the film are trans, one is a trans guy and the other is genderqueer, and so actually the film is the only trans porn in the festival and not the only dyke porn. Oliver and Randy are pretty big fags, and it's really important to the actors to have their identities recognized. :) (Nothing against lesbians of course.)

I left a similar note on my submission form because we were all scared the actors would get misgendered, but I know there's a lot going on and I don't know who saw it. Could I ask you to make a correction to your article and let anyone else that might write about the festival from the Stranger to know to refer to it properly in the future?

I appreciate your time and I'm here if you have any questions,

Mateo

I wrote to Mateo to apologize for the misidentification. Mateo wrote back:

While i have your attention, I'd just like to say that the actors use he pronouns. Also, your question about the lack of dyke porn [in your post] is interesting, but i think a more interesting one is why there was so little porn with trans actors this year, and why the word trans/gender is lacking in a lot of the publications from HUMP!

Is there a strong precedent for trans people in HUMP!? I've been thinking about this, and how we can foster an environment in which trans people feel comfortable and good about being on the screen—especially those who don't always pass, and who haven't had modifications like top surgery that would help them do so.

I do understand that the eye sees what the eye sees. I think, however, that we need to try to look for clues more, ask more questions, resist the temptation to assign gender to people that we don't know, and continue to divide our attachment to male/female assigned body = male/female.

Thanks again for reading and listening to my 2¢,

Mateo

There have been films at past HUMP!s that featured trans performers (all trans men, I believe) and last year we had a film that featured a trans performer and an intersex performer. But Donut was this year's only film with trans actors, as it turns out. All are welcome and have always been welcome to contribute to HUMP! Looking ahead, this line has appeared unchanged on the HUMP! info page for a few years:

Entries can be erotica, hardcore, softcore, live-action, BDSM, animation, gay, straight, bi—whatever lifts your luggage! We draw the line at animals, kids and poop. Entries with any of those items will not be considered for HUMP!

We'll add "trans" and "genderqueer" to the boilerplate when we update the site for HUMP! 2012.

Anything else the boilerplate lacks? Let us know in comments.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

This Is What Democracy Looks Like (Well, This Is What Democracy Looks Like at a Porn Festival)

Posted by on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM

At HUMP! even the ballot boxes get in on the action...

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Audience members at HUMP! get to vote for Best Sex, Best Kink, Best Humor, and Best In Show, and they get to stuff their ballots into one of two boxes: Boyhole Starfruit Ballot Box or Girlhole Twatsnatch Ballot Box. (The ballot boxes were named by HUMP!'s majority-female door staff.) And which voterifice do HUMPers prefer? By a two-to-one margin, HUMP!ers prefer Boyhole Starfruit to Girlhole Twatsnatch. We dump out both ballot boxes at the end of every show and there are always twice as many ballots in Boyhole Starfruit as there are in Girlhole Twatsnatch. And it's not just gay dudes who are stuffing it in Boyhole. While gay dudes are responsible some of this year's best films—the fags really brought it—they don't make up 2/3 of the HUMP! audience. Straight girls, straight guys, gay guys, bisexuals: everybody loves Boyhole Starfruit.

In other HUMP! news...

All of today's shows—4, 6, 8, 10, and Midnight—are sold out, but there are rush tickets available before each show. Last night we were able to get almost all rushers in. So if you don't have a ticket and you want to get HUMP!ed, get down to On the Boards 45 minutes before a screening and line up. (If you bought more tickets to a screening than you wound up needing, let us know at the door and we'll sell your ticket to a rusher and give you the money.) Please note: there's a lot of construction on Mercer and traffic is a nightmare. Budget extra time, if you're driving, so you don't miss any of the films.

Also... for folks who've already seen HUMP!, this is your open thread to discuss this year's entries. Did you catch the duct tape in Mythical Proportions? Freaked out by Don't Call Me Missy? Gutted by Knife? Was your mind blown by Go Fuck Yourself? Were carbphobes freaked out by Donut? Creamed by Teenage Dream?

Discuss!

UPDATE: A HUMP!er who stuffed his/her ballot in Girlhole Twatsnatch asks...

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Good question! We only got one submission with girl-on-girl-on(-donut) action this year, and it's in the festival. We've certainly had more dyke porn in the past and we would've loved to have had more this year. We've noticed that in the years when we get lots of gay porn, we don't get as much dyke porn and vice-versa. This year the gay boys brought it. Hopefully next year the dykes will bring it. Consider this a challenge, lady-lovin' ladies.

UPDATE 2: More HUMP! Questions!

Some folks leave notes on the backs of their ballots—penetrating questions for the curators and organizers of Seattle's biggest, best, and only amateur and locally-produced porn festival—and I'm going to reproduce some of them here and answer 'em to the best of my ability. Some people just leave boob doodles on the backs of their ballots. We'll reproduce those here too. (Spoilers ahead, click carefully.)

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

HUMP! Kicks Off In Three Hours!

Posted by on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM

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HUMP!—still Seattle's biggest, best, and only amateur and locally-produced porn festival—kicks off today at 4 PM at On the Boards. There are still a few tickets available for today and tomorrow's 4 PM screenings—and a handful tickets are still available for the midnight screenings this weekend (order tickets here)—but all other HUMP! screenings are sold out. BUT! If you can't make a 4 PM screening, or you're not the midnight-amateur-porn-festival-show type, you can still get into HUMP! We sell rush seats on a first-come, first-serve basis before every screening, and we can usually manage to squeeze in most rushers. So if you want to come to a Friday or Saturday show at 6, 8, 0r 10, come down early and line up before the show and we'll see what we can do for you. (Rush ticket sales are cash only.)

And this is one HUMP! that you're not going to want to miss. I think it may be the hottest, funniest, scariest HUMP! ever. Tons of hot bodies, lots of amazingly-hot, never-seen-before-at-HUMP! sex acts, shit that will have you laughing your ass off and shit that will have you covering your eyes. And remember... if you miss HUMP!, you miss HUMP! These films will not be released online or anywhere else. (Well, they won't be released by us. Some filmmakers do release their films on their own, but most don't—most folks who participate in HUMP! to be porn stars for the weekend, not the rest of their lives.)

See you at HUMP!

Happy HUMP! Day!

Posted by on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM

It's opening day of HUMP! Seattle. Did you know rush tickets will be available for all sold-out screenings? A handful of tickets will be released 15 minutes before each show time, on a first come first serve basis. $25 per ticket at the door.

If you're trying to go with a group of friends, but didn't have a ticket—this is your chance. RUSH!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lunchtime Quickie: The Dry Hump Versus Stranger HUMP!

Posted by on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

There's still HUMP! tickets available! Do you have yours? GET IN THERE!

Showtimes with tickets available:
Thursday, 11/3, 4 pm
Friday, 11/4, 4 pm
Friday, 11/11, midnight
Saturday, 11/12, midnight

Friday, October 21, 2011

Get Your HUMP! Tickets!

Posted by on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Did you get your tickets to HUMP! yet? C'mon, buy two, 'cause you know you wanna bring a date. There's midnight shows available at the Capitol Hill and Fremont Rudy's Barbershop locations, and also online: strangertickets.com. The Festival is right around the corner, 11/4 and 11/5 at On The Boards, then at the Uptown Theater on 11/11 and 11/12.

Don't miss it! Zoinks, Shaggy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Zombie on Zombie?

Posted by on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Saturday's Wall Street Journal asks...

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Where are you going to find zombie-on-zombie sex scenes? At HUMP! We've had zombie porn at previous HUMP!s but this year we have the single best five minutes of zombie porn that I've ever seen. And that's saying something. Get your HUMP tickets here!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy HUMP!

Posted by on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Do you have your HUMP! tickets yet? There's still tickets available, but they're going FAST. Don't snooze and lose! Tickets, here at stranger.com/hump, and tickets for the midnight screenings are available at Rudy's Barbershops. God bless America triple-X!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

HUMP! Submission Deadline This Friday!

Posted by on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM

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You know what this is? Besides being the longest line of urinals that I've ever seen, of course? (Greetings from Cornell University!) it's also an awesome location for a HUMP! video. Think of the porn plots that could begin... and end... and begin all over again... in a space like this...

The deadline for HUMP! submission is this Friday, October 7, but it's not too late to make a video. One of last year's HUMP! winners—determined, as always, by audience ballot—was shot the night before the deadline. Details on submitting a video here! Tickets for sale here!

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