Movie Review: “Gone: A Story of Love & Courage”

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Gone: A Story of Love & Courage
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D: Angie Rowntree. Madeline Blue, Gee Richards. 35 Min.

Mainstream film loves to flirt with sex, but it’s never quite ready to make a commitment. Sex, to much of Hollywood, is a mercenary thing; primarily useful as a tool to transition a scene, provide a shock, or look hip. Explicit sex, we have been told, is the purview of pornography; somehow less worthy of art or understanding than explicit violence.

Director Angie Rowntree dares to call that conventional wisdom out with her short film, Gone, a movie with both the balls and the ovaries to not only present its sex frankly, but to literally marry it to kink, love, and devastating loss.

Rowntree tells a tale as old as time when she introduces her audience to Rebecca, an attractive woman who has finally met the love of her life – and discovered that he’s more than a little into structured relationships and discipline. Because the love-vibe is strong, Rebecca is able to open herself fully to Todd, who becomes both her husband and loving dominant.

In spite of many flashbacks to good times, Rebecca is beyond distraught; forced to adjust abruptly to a world, a house, a dungeon, and a life without her beloved. The why of her apparent abandonment is a timely reveal, but not really the point of the story.

What is the point? Other than the fact that love truly is a many-splendored thing and there are as many ways to express, intensify, and commit to it as there are people capable of loving? From a film-makers’ position, the point is that a powerful story involving complex emotional states can be successfully told in combination with explicit sex. It just takes some talent and a genuine respect for all of the subject matter, even the wonderfully kinky-weird stuff and the vanilla married sex stuff.

Rowntree, her cast, and her crew clearly have these qualities.

— Darklady

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Darklady’s “Meet Michael Rosen” Social & Play Party

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Darklady’s “Meet Michael Rosen” Social & Play Party

Meet & Greet a SF Erotic Photography Legend

This Friday we’ll forgo karaoke and focus on the visual, when SF photograper friend Michael Rosen visits the Catalyst. His work is hanging on the walls now (available for purchase) and we want to offer Portlanders an opportunity to meet this talented man, admire his work, and show him how Portland plays. (This is not a photo event)

Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Bring your favorite beverage and/or potluck contribution and enjoy the Catalyst’s pansexual and diversity supportive Social, Erotic, and Kinky Play spaces. Adults who share this philosophy are welcome. Learn more at CatalystSexPositive.com.

Don’t miss Michael’s “Take Your Erotic Photography to the Next Level” presentation prior to the Social and Play Party.

Ages 18 +
Friday, October 9
8:30pm – 1am
RSVP is appreciated but not mandatory

$10 per person/$15 per couple
FREE to Catalyst Members
FREE to Michael Rosen presentation attendees

Donations of food, pet & hygiene products for Esther’s Pantry are always welcome
Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place
5224 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon
ACCESSIBLE

OCTOBER CATALYST EVENTS:
October 9 — Michael Rosen Presentation, Darklady’s Naughty Social & Play Party
October 10 — Submissive Women Forum & Discussion Group, Pixie Fyre’s Fetish Night
October 13 — Democratic Debate Watching Party
October 15 — Sex, Relationships, Intimacy – The Series
October 16 — Zeniths Play Party & Community Challenge Celebration
October 17 — Rose City Sisterhood, Rose City Domme/sub Mixer, Women-in-Power Party
October 18 — BiLS Meeting, BLP Board Meeting, MAsT Meeting
October 19 — Bad Girls Board Meeting
October 23 — YUE Party
October 24 — Figure Drawing, Zeniths Munch, Bad Girls Mummification Workshop & Queer Play Party
October 27 — Kinky Open Relationship Circle Discussion
October 29 — Sex, Relationships, Intimacy – The Series
October 30 — Darklady’s Naughty Polyween Karaoke & Play Party

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Darklady’s Naughty Karaoke & Dungeon Party

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Darklady’s Naughty Karaoke & Dungeon Party

Last Naughty Karaoke was super fun! Let’s sing like nobody is listening once again — with a dungeon and 2500 square feet more room to play in! Our new dungeon, Synergy, is as big as the entire old space, plus a 900 sqft main room, chill room, private rooms, and two bathrooms! The NEW ADDRESS is 5224 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR.

Come dance, sing karaoke, and revel in erotic and/or kinky play while DJs Darklady and Kronos provide the background music. Bring a potluck contribution and your delightful self. Catalyst is a pansexual creativity and diversity supportive environment. Adults who share this philosophy are welcome. Learn more at CatalystCulturalSpace.com.

Darklady’s Naughty Karaoke
Friday, September 11
10pm – 2am
RSVP appreciated but not mandatory

$10 per person
FREE for Catalyst members
Ages 18 +
Donations of food, pet & hygiene products for Esther’s Pantry are always welcome
Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place
5224 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon
ACCESSIBLE

UPCOMING CATALYST EVENTS:
September 12 — Moco & Beemo Weekend Intensive, PRAG Party
September 13 — Moco & Beemo Weekend Intensive
September 17 — Sex, Relationships, Intimacy
September 18 — YUE “Dames & Games” Party
September 19 — Rose City Sisterhood, Domme/sub Mixer, Pixie Fyre’s Fetish Night
September 20 — BiLS, BLP Meeting
September 22 — Kinky Open Relationship Discussion Group
September 23 — OR Spanking Party
September 24 — Darklady’s Reform School for Unrepentant Deviants Party
September 25 — Darklady’s Naughty Karaoke & Dungeon Party
September  26 — KinkFest Board Meeting
September 28 — Bad Girls Meeting

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Darklady’s Naughty Karaoke & Dungeon Party

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Darklady’s Naughty Karaoke & Dungeon Party

Last Naughty Karaoke was amazing! Let’s sing like nobody is listening — now with a dungeon and 2500 square feet more room to play in! Our new dungeon, Synergy, is as big as the entire old space, plus a 900 sqft main room, chill room, private rooms, and two bathrooms! The NEW ADDRESS is 5224 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR.

Come dance, sing karaoke, and revel in erotic and/or kinky play while DJs Darklady and Kronos provide the background music. Bring a potluck contribution and your delightful self. Catalyst is a pansexual creativity and diversity supportive environment. Adults who share this philosophy are welcome. Learn more at CatalystCulturalSpace.com.

Darklady’s Naughty Karaoke
Friday, August 28
9pm – 1am
RSVP appreciated but not mandatory

$10 per person
Ages 18 +
Donations of food, pet & hygiene products for Esther’s Pantry are always welcome
Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place
5224 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon
ACCESSIBLE

UPCOMING CATALYST EVENTS:
August 24 — Bad Girls Board Meeting
August 25 — Kinky Open Relationship Circle Discussion
August 27 — Pablito’s REPORT ME Art Show & Body Painting
August 28 — Darklady’s Naughty Karaoke & Dungeon Party
August 30 — Dancing w/the Moon workshop/fundraiser (Garfield location)
September 1 — Kinky Introverts Open House
September 2 — OR Spanking Party
September 3 — Sex, Relationships, Intimacy
September 4 — Batemasters
September 5 — Synergy Party

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Darklady’s “Dog Days” Social & Game Night

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Darklady’s “Dog Days” Social & Game Night

It’s Time for the Adults to Play

Darklady has her own set of Munchkin Cthulhu and Munchkin Adventure Time now, so chances are good a Munchkin game might break up during the night if the mood is right. Socialize at the buffet/bar, marvel at the art, and frolic in either the sensual Play or dedicated Gaming areas. Bring your favorite game to share or play something available in-house, including Cards Against Humanity, Pictionary, Apples to Apples, Cosmic Wimpout, and Uno.

Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Bring your favorite beverage and/or potluck contribution and enjoy the Catalyst’s pansexual creativity and diversity supportive Social and Play spaces. Adults who share this philosophy are welcome. Learn more at CatalystCulturalSpace.com.

Ages 18 +
Friday, July 10
9pm – 1am
RSVP is appreciated but not mandatory

$5 per person
Donations of food, pet & hygiene products for Esther’s Pantry are always welcome
Catalyst Art & Cultural Space
4810 NE Garfield
Portland, Oregon
ACCESSIBLE & A/C

JULY CATALYST EVENTS:
July 8:  Zeniths Business Meeting
July 9:  Sex, Relationships, Intimacy – The Series
July 10: Darklady’s Social & Game Night
July 11: Submissive Women Forum & Discussion
July 12: Kinky Introverts Munch
July 17: Batemasters
July 18: Rose City (Domme) Sisterhood, Rose City Domme/sub Mixer
July 19: BiLS, BLP
July 21: Kinky Open Relationship Circle Discussion
July 23: Sex, Relationships, Intimacy – The Series
July 25: Zeniths Member Orientation, Zeniths 4th Saturday Evening Event
July 27: Bad Girls Meeting
July 30: Last Thursday Art Reception & Open House
July 31: Darklady’s Final Friday Play Soiree

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