CineKink Selects "The Artist and The Pervert" to Open Annual Kinky Film Festival
NEW YORK, NY; February 28, 2019 - CineKink has announced that The Artist and the Pervert will be the "CineKink Season Opener" selection for its 16th annual film festival, CineKink NYC, running April 3-7, 2019.
The documentary is an intimate look at Georg Friedrich Haas, a famous Austrian composer and child of Nazi parents, and his wife, Mollena Williams-Haas, a renowned American kink educator and descendant of African slaves. Together they live in a public, kinky relationship. She is his “slave” and muse, he is her “master” – a combination that pushes many people’s buttons and touches on matters of race, sexuality, politics and power relations. Directed by Berlin-based filmmakers Beatrice Behn and René Gebhardt, the work is a celebration of perversion, art, love and radical self-determination.
"Mollena has been a long-time fixture of the New York kink community, and a CineKink alumni filmmaker, and we’re delighted to put her, and her husband, Georg, front and center,” said Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder and director. “Their relationship is a poignant example of the loving give and take that can be found in a consensual BDSM relationship. And the reactions of the world around them, as they make that aspect public, speaks to the profound discomfort that still surrounds both race and sexuality in our society.”
The Artist and The Pervert will screen on Thursday, April 4, 7:00 PM at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), where the majority of the festival's screenings are also unfolding. The program will also include Haas-Williams’ film, Impact, which was named CineKink Best Experimental Short in 2013.  Friedrich Haas and Williams-Haas will both be in attendance at the screening and will participate in a discussion to follow.
CineKink NYC festivities kick off the previous evening, Wednesday, April 3, with a gala fundraising party at M1-5 Lounge (52 Walker St., NYC), and runs through Sunday, April 7, concluding with an awards ceremony and an AfterGlow closing party. 
The full CineKink NYC schedule will be announced in early March.
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Just entering its 16th season, CineKink is an annual film festival and national screening tour that celebrates and explores the wide diversity of sexuality. Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, works showcased by the festival range from documentary to drama, spicy to explicit - and everything in between!

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