Staff Pick: Dan Savage's "HUMP! Film Festival"

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

Dan Savage wants to take porn back to the theater. Thanks to his touring "HUMP! Film Festival," you'll get a chance to experience some fantastically diverse and fun homegrown smut with an audience of strangers.

"We bill 'HUMP!' as an amateur porn festival. But it's more than that," says Savage. "It's rare for people to watch porn that takes them outside their comfort zones - it's rare for people to watch porn that, if they were home alone in front of the computer, they wouldn't choose to click on and watch."

Savage, best known for his sex advice column "Savage Love" and redefinition of the word "Santorum" (Google it), started "HUMP!" in 2005 with a call to readers to send in their own homemade, sex-positive and explicit films. Continuing for more than a decade, "HUMP!" now tours the world, and Columbus gets a stop thanks to the independent Gateway Film Center.

Make no mistake - you will see a wildly diverse spectrum of sexuality on screen at "HUMP!" That's kind of the point, according to Savage. "At 'HUMP!' straight people watch gay porn, vanilla people watch kinky porn, gay people watch lesbian porn. And people laugh, they gasp, sometimes they cover their eyes. But at the end of every film people clap and cheer."

"HUMP!" also runs the spectrum of amateur filmmaking - some feeling very professional, some more organic and homemade - but it becomes something special when taken as a whole. To get this rare experience in a theater - and, please, make no mistake, it's very explicit - head to the GFC for one of two showings this weekend.

"Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Festival"

7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30

Gateway Film Center

1550 N. High St., Campus