Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

HUMP! Erotic Film Festival Returns to the Capitol Theatre 

In the intervening months since last year's HUMP! Festival came to town, the film festival promoters tell us that Facebook has deactivated their business page for "explicit content" even though they show nothing explicit in their advertising. That has made it very challenging to bring HUMP! to new markets, and to grow the festival in general. That's too bad, because this unique collection of amateur sex-positive films has much to offer.

Without any help from Facebook, the 14th annual festival still hit the road earlier this year. It comes to Cleveland this week and screens at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Capitol Theatre.

Sex columnist Dan Savage, the creator of the Savage Love sex advice column that runs each week in this paper and in alt-weeklies around the country, curates HUMP!, and he definitely keeps things inclusive. The festival features people of all body sizes, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities and genders. It aims to be a "unique celebration of creative sexual expression," and it certainly accomplishes that.

Some of the highlights include Paint Party, a short that comes across as a sexually explicit Blue Man Group performance. It features nude actors covered in all sorts of body paint. They splatter each other with paint to the sounds of a techno beat. You can still make out breasts, buttocks and penises, but the short doesn't feature any penetration. The same can't be said for Jump Start My Love, a feature on a loving interracial couple who experiment with all sorts of sexual positions.

Shorts such as The Punishment and Please center on dominance and rough sex but do so in such a way that they never become exploitative. Campground, one of the edgier clips, focuses on a sexual encounter with a "horny Boy Scout," and the very odd fetish flick Whatever Floats Your Goat finds a woman dressing up as a goat to be "milked" by another woman.

The festival even includes a funny song-and-dance number that emphasizes the lighter side of sex. 

A press release for the festival promises that the festival's audience features "diverse, sex-positive people" and that watching the movies with that type of crowd is a "fun, unforgettable, and liberating experience." The diverse lineup of films in this year's festival suggests that will once again be the case.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Betty White: 100 Years Young - A Birthday Celebrat @ Cedar Lee Theatre

    • Mon., Jan. 17
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show @ The Kent Stage

    • Fri., Jan. 21
  • Casablanca 80th Anniversary Presented By TCM (Film)

    • Sun., Jan. 23 and Wed., Jan. 26

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation