Film Preview: HUMP! FILM FESTIVAL (National Tour curated by Dan Savage)

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by Tony Frankel on January 22, 2020

in Film,Tours


Attending Dan Savage’s awesome HUMP! Film Festival is easy enough, but now you can take a stand against corporate fascism just by getting the word out. Then get yourself to a theater near you for the 15th annual Festival, which is on tour beginning January 30 and running through October of 2020 in dozens of cities across the United States and Canada.* (I advise you check the calendar now.) Savage is, among other things, a sex advice columnist and gay activist (the It Gets Better Project he founded helps to prevent suicide among LGBT youth).

For those who don’t know, HUMP! features a showcase of twenty sex-positive, five-minute films, all curated by Savage. These dirty movies are made by ordinary folk who want to be porn stars just for this festival. You’ll get a rip-roaring range of body sizes, shapes, ages, ethnicities, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes. Just like the 1970s, it’s about celebrating the freedom of creative sexual expression. Some may turn you on while others can be hysterical or even make you think. Or you could be like my mom watching Jaws — though her fingers!

But it seems that Facebook (and Facebook-owned company, Instagram) deactivated HUMP!’s business page for “explicit content,” significantly challenging the festival’s ability to promote this awesome event. Well, even though fake news is fine if they get paid, Facebook also did the same thing to Stage and Cinema, removing reviews from our Facebook page because they didn’t approve of the content (they ain’t alone — Google did the same thing, removing ads from pages of reviews with production photos of which they disapproved; below are two examples of just such filth:

“With our government and major corporations like Facebook waging war on so many of our sexual freedoms, just being at HUMP! is a modest act of resistance,” Savage explains. (But I wouldn’t expect too much modesty on screen.) So, Dan and his peeps asked if we would help spread … the word. Post, tweet, mount, roar, squish … whatever it takes. (I suppose you can do all that in the theater, too, but be discreet, wouldja?)

Here’s the line-up. I’ll be HUMP!ing at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, where HUMP! runs February 20th through February 29th, 2020.

15th Annual HUMP! Film Festival Films!

  • WILDFIRE Inhibitions are burned to dust while this hedonistic group lusts around the fire.

  • WHAT YOU WISH FOR A hypnotizing peek into the intimate boudoir of two lovers in the throes of a skilled and sensuous rope scene.

  • THE PIZZA TOPPING Horny Pizza orders Hungry Boy. In an alternate reality where the pizzas order delivery, we find out what their favorite pies are and how they like them topped.

  • PHOTURIS In the midst of darkness, this couple finds illumination by embracing their neon fantasies.

  • RUBBER WORLD A lonely traveler takes us to a rubber convention, where we see the wildest and most creative toys that will make you want to slap and tickle.

  • COCK TALES Gimps, piss, and boots, oh my! This animated tale illustrates the sights, sounds, and… smells of a leather bar.

  • GOOD KITTY (Runner Up, Best Sex) When the kitten collar comes out, so do the sacred oils and earthly delights in this cunnilingual ceremony.

  • DOPPELBANGER Reality is blurred in this surreal tryst between two eerily similar guys.

  • BEST IN SHOW (Best in Show & Best Humor) Mountains! Bondage! Flash paper! Puppets! Paint! A couple attempts to reproduce every HUMP! trope in five minutes.

  • BUTT BANGO A deranged and macabre circus duo contort themselves into bizarre positions in this vaudevillian stop-motion short.

  • ADÉ IN BED Treat yourself to this luxurious bedtime interview about sexual and gender identity. Oh, and the thrills of men in nothing but boots.

  • UNDRESSED Get the squeegee, because things are about to get wet in this steamy shower threesome.

  • TELL ME WHAT YOU LIKE (Best Kink) One woman’s answer to this inquiry leads to an extreme kink scene involving a masked dom equipped with chains and a whip. *This film contains graphic violence.

  • ORALLY FIXATED An amuse-bouche of all things creamy, sticky, and sweet.

  • FUCK FIRST Put your keys in the bowl, because this group of friends has the best appetizer on the menu at their swinging dinner party.

  • LOST + FOUND (Jury Award) After making it through the pain of infertility and miscarriage and finally becoming a parent, a woman goes on a mission of exploration and discovery to recover what she has lost.

  • BRUNCH ON BIKES (Runner UP, Best Kink) Freshly-fucked foodies get a Special Pancake Delivery. A new recipe that will make you look at pancakes… differently.

  • WHITE RABBIT When a debaucherous basement party becomes a bore, a man is ready to try something different upstairs. Will you find what you’re looking for down the rabbit hole?

  • JUST FOUR FANS ONLY (Runner Up, Best Humor) When a group of friends decides to film an orgy in a Vegas hotel room, an unexpected participant slips into the mix.

  • ROLL PLAY A fellowship of friends learns what it takes to seduce a witch in their D&D party. Perfect for every bard, wizard, and paladin.

Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival
15th Annual Touring Festival 2020
for dates and cities, visit HUMP!
*due to COVID-19, HUMP! is streaming through June 12, 2020
for tickets and dates, visit HUMP!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mira January 23, 2020 at 10:16 pm

And Wildfire won Best Sex but it isn’t listed as a winner! It was sexy.


sunSprout May 16, 2020 at 11:15 pm

Does anyone know the name of the producers of Orally Fixated? I would be interested in supporting the artists. The video gave me major Janelle Monae Pynk vibes and it was AMAZING!



Editor-in-Chief Tony Frankel May 29, 2020 at 7:56 pm

Hey sunSprout! Well, I’ve been trying to get intouch with HUMP’s press rep with no luck. You may want to try asking the Arts Editor at The Stranger, Mr. Savage’s periodical: [email protected]


Lux May 22, 2020 at 12:36 pm

Hi, I loved watching Tell Me What You Like. Is possible to purchase it somewhere? I would love to add it to my collection.

Thanks ~


Editor-in-Chief Tony Frankel May 29, 2020 at 7:39 pm

Hey Lux! Well, apparently this is not easy to discover. As I mentioned on another comment, ou may want to try asking the Arts Editor at The Stranger, Mr. Savage’s periodical: [email protected]


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