ABOUT

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HOT BITS is an annual traveling sex-positive film, performance, and visual festival taking place in Philly, Baltimore, Boston and beyond (contact us about bringing Hot Bits to your community!). 

 

Our goal is to celebrate and elevate alternative representations of sex and pleasure. We believe that erotic art, made by and for queer and marginalized people, uncovers the self-determination necessary for fully liberated connection and collective healing: bodily, creatively, and culturally.

 

Our project is organized by and centers the work and sexual healing of QTBIPoC, sex workers, survivors of assault, trans and cis women/femmes, fat folks, disabled folks, freaks, aliens and witches. We curate a range of works from soft to hardcore and encourage first-time filmmakers and DIY projects.

ORGANIZERS

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ARAZEL NEWMAN is an otherwordly handsome Gender Queer Faerie and Fetish Muse incarnated in the Chestnut Hill forests of Philadelphia. Cosmic roots and occult influences can be seen in Their many dimensions of Artistic Expression which include co-producing Philly's only Queer POC Burlesque troupe Raspberry Royale; Acting, Modeling, Painting and other Visual and Performance arts. They encourage reconnection to the authentic self through the exploration, validation and  reintegration of the arts, the erotic and the taboo. They also really enjoy eating, fucking and making out with platonic friends.

Bashezo was born and raised in South Philadelphia, PA. and currently lives in Boston, MA. Zhe is a transdisciplinary installation and performance creative that blends race and queer theory with African diaspora spiritual traditions and aesthetics. Common materials in their work include metals, soil, textiles, audio/video elements, clay, and wood. These materials are then aggregated in order to create alternative ephemeral 3rd spaces that centralize Black and POC queer and trans bodies and experiences. The core of the work centers on explorations into/around Blackness, race, gender, sexuality, homo/transphobia, micro-aggressions, and more recently

queer desire.

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Heart Byrne is a queer filmmaker and erotic experience curator. Her work explores, place, identity, and the body through personal narrative and fantasy. Raised in New York City by parents who ran a contemporary dance company, her dance background informs her curiosity about the body and performance. This is her third year working with Hot Bits and she is pretty hard and wet about it.  

SNAX is a biracial Chinese-American artist based in Philadelphia casting spells of homoerotic cultural nourishment, liberation, and self-love. Her work includes portrait-based photography, videography, curation and performance. She collaborates with and supports queer/trans/nonbinary artists, performers, event organizers, activists, organizers, and sex workers in the arts.

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TJ BURK is a white anti-racist educator who teaches porn studies and studies porn history. She loves bringing folks together to uncover queer legacies and dream about liberatory futures. She is hot for stacks and archives, learning about power, and writing grants for your perverted projects. TJ is new to the HB team and couldn’t be more excited about it!

TopShelf is a city-dwelling, cuntry-romanticizing kinky queer femme boss. Organizer, activist, facilitator, occasional artist, full time Capricorn, and trained dungeon monitor… for 4 years she co-threw Glitter Thighs (Best Dance Party 2013 CityPaper). She currently facilitates workshops and classes on unlearning and dismantling white supremacy and has peddled sex toys in the woods to 8,000 dykes.

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Wit López is a hairy, disabled, gender non-conforming/nonbinary trans performance/visual artist and independent curator of African American and Boricua descent. Their work explores the absurd and the macabre as tools of healing and decolonization. And honestly, they are probably somewhere laughing right now.

Hot Bits Queer XXX Film Festival
2020 Tour:  AUSTIN > PHILADELPHIA BALTIMORE >  BOSTON
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