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SEXY WHEEL: Anti-Valentine’s Erotica Show

Each year, Squeaky Wheel makes sure that everyone gets their Valentine’s wish, especially those who are hoping to get one that is a bit on the kinkier side of the fence. They do this by introducing heart-felt cinema shorts to an audience that is eager to lap them up.

“Not only are we thrilled to present this incredible lineup of short films, but proceeds from the event will help us fund another season of programming!” said Caitlin Coder at the film and media center.

From a new Polish animation about an independent and powerful pussy, to a sex-ed approved bit of 70s inclusive psychedelia, the lineup is flirty, hilarious, scandalous, gnarly (with consent). Featuring a special Super 8mm performance by visiting artist Tara Merenda Nelson (Rochester, NY) that the audience is welcome to participate in. Why be basic when you can be SEXY.

This is the perfect left of center Valentine’s event that is perfect for just the right person – you know, the person that’s not as straight and narrow as Cupid’s little arrow?

Don’t have a date? Bring two and get a discount!

A special afterparty will happen at Dreamland just down the street following our show, featuring DJ Shit Wedding!*

*Quite possibly the best name for a DJ in the history of spinning.

With work by Lisa Crafts, Nazlı Dinçel, Cheryl Dunye, Renata Gasiorowska, Kelly Gallagher, Katiuska Herrand, Vika Kirchenbauer, Marlon Riggs, along with a special interactive Super 8mm film performance by Tara Merenda Nelson. Special thanks to First Run Features, Frameline, the Krakow Film Foundation, Tiona McClodden, Herb Shellenberger, and all the artists.

If this all sounds like too much fun, then get ready to indulge in:

SEXY WHEEL: Anti-Valentine’s Erotica Show

Screening / Party

When: Friday, February 17, 2017, 7pm | See Facebook event

Where: Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center | 617 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Admissions: $10 General | $25 for Three Tickets (Advance Online Only)

Click here to visit the Facebook event page for the Dreamland Afterparty – Danceparty for Sexy Wheel


Marlon Riggs

8min / digital / USA / 1993

Marlon Riggs’ experimental music video politicizes the homoeroticism of African-American men. With images (sensual, sexual and defiant) and words intended to provoke, Anthem reasserts the “self-evident right” to life and liberty in an era of pervasive anti-gay, anti-Black backlash and hysterical cultural repression.

Cipka (Pussy) – lead image

Renata Gąsiorowska

8min / digital / Poland / 2015

A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have some sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.


Katiuska Herrand

1min / digital / USA / 2013

Produced by: Ladi’Sasha Jones

Directed by: Tiona McClodden for Harriet’s Gun Media

how to love a woman, incorrectly

There is nothing casual about love, nothing casual about women, or breaking hearts. Every relationship we find ourselves in, the situations and the circumstances, for the effect we have on them this book is written. For the long nights and manic thoughts, unsteady behavior, bad habits, this book is written. For the men, and women, and whoever says there’s something in between, that have ever loved a woman, this book is written.

Desire Pie

Lisa Crafts

5min / digital / USA / 1976

Explicitly and unabashedly erotic, this humorous, fantasy-filled animation is a celebration of the joys of sex, set to a magnetic jazz score. Just under 5 minutes in length, this jubilant artifact from the sexually liberated 70’s portrays a couple aided by additional lips, tongues, imaginings, and positions, featuring points of view rarely seen. In addition to all the fun, Desire Pie is also utilized as a teaching aid for women’s studies, history of erotic art, sexuality studies and sex therapy.

Desire Pie has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Tribeca Film Festival, Annecy International Film Festival, Light Industry, Yerba Buena Art Center, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Boston Independent Film Festival. It is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Vanilla Sex

Cheryl Dunye

3min / digital / USA / 1992

Is it who you do, or what you do?


Vika Kirchenbauer

3 min / digital / Germany / 2016

Made for the performance project Cool For You, this video follows an artist’s research on thermal vision and the enhanced gazes of modern warfare. She uses these technical means to discuss intimacy and the body.

Do You Want to Go For a Drive?

Kelly Gallagher

5min / digital / USA / 2016

Do You Want to Go for a Drive? is an experimental essay film by Kelly Gallagher, illustrating the importance of consent. The film also explores sexual agency, love, pleasure, mutual desire, violence, vengeance, the moon and the sky. The title, a call and response with the final line of the film (“It’s you I really want to drive”), more importantly serves to commence the entire viewing experience with the asking of a question- which is how all sexual encounters should begin, with the asking for consent. – Kelly Gallagher

Solitary Acts #6

Nazlı Dinçel

11min / 16mm / USA / 2015

This is a feminist critique of the Oedipal complex. The filmmaker recounts an abortion she had in 2009. The aborted child survives and becomes her lover. Her subject is filmed in a private act, complicating what could be an act of the solitary. -Nazlı Dinçel

Sense Her

Tara Merenda Nelson

Live Performance / Super 8mm with Live Sound on Record Player / USA / 2011

Sense Her is a 1970’s stag film (Super 8 color) showing a naked woman performing a ‘bellydance’ with a plastic statue of a man. Before I show the film, I distribute “censor bars” to the audience; these are made of cardboard rectangles and squares attached to long pieces of wire. I ask the audience to help me ‘censor’ the film as it plays by blocking out the ‘naughty bits’. I also play a record of bellydance music on a record player during the performance.

The result is very entertaining, as the individual members of the audience reach to “censor” the dancers’ naked body while she jiggles and gyrates on the screen. As the shots change from wide angle to close up, the censor bars are caught in a dance of their own, as they attempt to anticipate the dancers’ next move. The audience becomes engaged not only in a dialog with the image on screen, but in a broader contextualization of the expectations of censorship in our society. – Tara Nelson

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