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Fetish Film Forum is back for more!
January-December, 2024, the Leather Archives & Museum celebrates
sex, relationships, and art with 14 extraordinary films!

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Perspectives on fetish, kink, leather, and BDSM are as numerous as the people in these communities, and the fourteen films in this series explore various points of view on the sexual practice and art of fetish and kink, bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism. Cinema is a fetish for the moving image, a form of roleplay for the actors, and an experience of voyeurism for the viewer, and Fetish Film Forum celebrates the power of film to realize humanity’s innermost desires.

To name just a few of the pleasures that await, we’ll partake in January Giallo with ultra-queer thriller Knife+Heart; pal around with the ever-flirtatious Elvira: Mistress of the Dark for Halfway to Halloween; experience the Chicago premiere of underground marvel The Orgy of the Damned; celebrate Pride Month with the radical depiction of a Christian saint in Derek Jarman’s Sebastiane; spend Madonna’s birthday weekend beholding her steamy performance in Body of Evidence; enjoy twice the sweet suffering in October with a double feature of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II; and cherish a holiday double feature of Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns exploring the kinky sensibilities of Tim Burton. Scroll down for full screening schedule!

All screenings will be introduced by John McDevitt, and they’ll be joined by numerous guest co-presenters and pop-up vendors throughout the year. Stay after the shows for free post-screening discussions to share your thoughts about these wonderful films!

This series was programmed by John McDevitt in cooperation with the Leather Archives & Museum. John is a lifelong cinephile who currently works as Community Engagement Manager at FACETS, the non-profit film organization in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.



Single Ticket: $10/General, or $8/LA&M Members & Students
Double Feature (Oct or Dec): $15/General, or $12/LA&M Members & Students
Season Pass: $100/General, or $80/LA&M Members & Students
Purchase your Single Tickets, Double Features, or Season Pass here
Must be 18 years of age or older.



Knife+Heart (2018) – Saturday, January 20 @ 7pm
Directed by Yann Gonzalez, France/Mexico/Switzerland, 102 mins
Co-Presented by Cinematic Void

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) – Saturday, February 10 @ 7pm
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 101 mins

Geographies of Public Sex – Saturday, March 16 @ 7pm
Contemporary Shorts Program, Various Directors
Co-Presented by Henry Hanson of Full Spectrum Features

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) – Saturday, April 20 @ 7pm
Directed by James Signorelli, USA, 96 mins
Co-Presented by Abhorrent Cinema

The Orgy of the Damned (2023) – Saturday, May 18 @ 7pm
Directed by Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Austria, 82 mins
Co-Presented by Raul Benitez of Chicago International Film Festival

Sebastiane (1976) – Saturday, June 15 @ 7pm
Directed by Derek Jarman & Paul Humfress, United Kingdom, 85 mins
Co-Presented by Pride Film Fest

The Duke of Burgundy (2014) – Saturday, July 20 @ 7pm
Directed by Peter Strickland, United Kingdom, 104 mins

Body of Evidence (1993) – Saturday, August 17 @ 7pm
Directed by Uli Edel, USA/Germany, 99 mins
Co-Presented by Foul Monkeys Podcast

The Night Porter (1974) – Saturday, September 21 @ 7pm
Directed by Liliana Cavani, Italy, 118 mins

Hellraiser (1987) – Saturday, October 19 @ 7pm
Directed by Clive Barker, United Kingdom/USA, 93 mins
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) – Saturday, October 19 @ 9:15pm
Directed by Tony Randel, United Kingdom/USA, 93 mins
Co-Presented by Brian Kirst of Big Gay Horror Fan

Tokyo Decadence (1992) – Saturday, November 16 @ 7pm
Directed by Ryū Murakami, Japan, 112 mins
Co-Presented by Oscarbate

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – Saturday, December 21 @ 7pm
Directed by Tim Burton, USA, 105 mins
Batman Returns (1992) – Saturday, December 21 @ 9:15pm
Directed by Tim Burton, USA, 126 mins
Co-Presented by Gerber/Hart Library & Archives


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