One might ask what is the purpose of an anthology? According to Webster’s Dictionary, the purpose of an anthology is to provide the potential reader with easy access to a wide range of literary works on a given theme. Well, that is definitely true with Dan Savage’s 2022 Hump! Film Festival. With 22 visual and explicit short films that are both provocative and a sexually arousing Smörgåsbord of straight, gay, bi, tri, pan, and anything in between, It’s an all-around celebration of the human body, spirit, and bodily fluids.
Initiated in 2005, The HUMP! might be considered by some to be pornographic. But what is porn, but in the eye of the beholder. Rather, it showcases locally produced home-movie erotica, amateur sex cinema. Yearly submissions are sent to Dan Savage himself in which only the best films are selected from thousands of artists and filmmakers.
This year, standouts from 22 selections include 1000 Years, which is part performance art piece and part ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response); French Press, about two lover’s attempt to making brunch (I can tell you that you’ll never look at breakfast the same way again); Blood Love, is about two sex workers who try to satisfy their personal desires outside of work; Sex On the Beach is a beach boy’s fantasy, where imagination becomes reality when the boy he fantasizes about materializes; Animal Style involves two boys tapping into their primal instincts in sex therapy; and the animated Pussy Mask, is a singing vagina with lyrics, “My pussy wears a mask. Drippin’ droplets all day…” which frankly, I think should be released as a song of the summer.
Dan Savage is a sex-advice columnist, a podcaster, an author, and has appeared on numerous television shows. His sex advice column “Savage Love,” first appeared in the The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly, in 1991. The column is now syndicated across the United States and Canada. Dan has published six books. In 2006, he launched the Savage Lovecast, a weekly, call-in advice podcast with over 600,000 monthly downloads. In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
The 2022 Hump! Film Festival is available to stream on several dates starting on March 31-April 3, through May 31. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by visiting https://btt.boldtypetickets.com/events/121742503/the-2022-hump-film-festival.
Anyone can submit a film entry. For details, visit humpfilmfest.com.