SECS FEST 2021: Chemistry Eases the Pain

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 5pm

  • 18+, Masks Required, Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required
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SECS Fest 2021 will showcase 30 short films and 4 feature films from around the globe, plus an archival double-feature from American gay porn director, Fred Halsted. The festival will be both in-person at the Grand Illusion Cinema and live-streamed on September 10 -12. 

SECS Fest aims to bring world-class erotic cinema to Seattle audiences with their annual international film festival by selecting films inclusive of authentic adult sexual expression. Films selected will show a diversity of representations: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, kink, and body-type; with a strong sex-positive core that has been the mission of SECS Fest since its inception .Attendees can expect to experience a range of film genres, sexual orientations, and sexual activities. Both narrative and documentary films will showcase a variety of interests – fetishes, BDSM, sex work, and more.   



  • All patrons are required to show proof of vaccination (card or photo of card) or proof of a negative COVID test from the last 48 hours.
  • Masks required for all regardless of vaccination status.
  • Concessions will not be available. Please feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage and keep your mask on when not drinking. No outside food allowed.

*Content warnings are included to warn of potentially triggering content, but it should be noted that all film programs contain sexually explicit content.

*No one under 18 admitted*

This ticket is for admission to the in-person screening of Chemistry Eases the Pain Feature program only. 


CHEMISTRY EASES THE PAIN Feature Program (90 min)

Chemistry Eases the Pain

d. Shine Louise Houston / United States / 2020 / 41 min

Frankie is set on her college path with a supportive Mom and tight-knit circle of queer friends. But the laws of attraction have other plans when she catches feelings for her Chemistry study-partner, Matt. Internalized bi-phobia runs deep, and soon Frankie must confront her ambivalence about her desires and fears of being rejected by her community. Which will she choose: Love or her pride?

Starring – Lotus Lain, Logan Pierce, Mona Wales, Nina Hartley

Chemistry Eases the Pain is preceded by two short films, The Receiver and Trinity.

CONTENT WARNING: contains scenes of uncomfortable sexual pressure and bi-phobia

SECS Fest is powered by Shunpike


About Shunpike:

Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.


Grand Illusion Cinema

1403 NE 50TH ST.

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