Local Dan Savage fans were happy to hear that the HUMP! Film Festival, an annual showcase of short films curated by the famed Savage Love columnist, would stop in Pittsburgh during its 2014 tour. Unfortunately, the Hollywood Theater had to cancel the event under pressure from Dormont borough officials, who took issue with the festival’s sexually explicit material. Just when it seemed as though HUMP! would pass over the Steel City, Row House Cinema swooped in to host, guaranteeing that no one would miss out on all the steamy fun.
Since 2005, the HUMP! Film Festival has challenged ordinary, “sex-positive” people from all over the Pacific Northwest to make their own amateur erotic movies for a chance to win big cash prizes. After eight years on the West Coast, the “most creative dirty movie fest in the world” decided to pull up stakes in 2013 and take the show on the road by traveling to a number of cities across the US. Now in its second year, the tour features 20 selections that explore the fascinating and complex subject of human sexuality. The five-minute short films run the gamut of sexual orientation, including straight, gay, lesbian, and transgender, and are notable for being “funny, thought-provoking, sad, artistic, outrageous, and almost overwhelmingly sexy–because they’re real.”
The HUMP! Film Festival will screen at Row House Cinema on June 13th at 9 p.m., and on June 14th and June 15th at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. Tickets cost $18 and are available for purchase at the HUMP! Tour website.