Private Project

Melting Point

Melting Point is an award-winning queer, experimental, feminist erotic short that captures the heat between two lovers, literally. Shot with a thermal camera, the film records the scene using temperature instead of light, revealing new ways of seeing pleasure, play, and desire.

  • Mindy Stricke
    Director
  • Mindy Stricke
    Writer
  • Mindy Stricke
    Producer
  • Mindy Stricke
    Key Cast
  • Zoey Wells
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 13, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English, No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Thermal Imaging
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Peephole Film Fest
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
    October 29, 2022
    Mexican Premiere
    Best Erotic Film
  • Orchid Lesbian Film Festival
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    April 14, 2023
    Argentina
    Best Experimental Film
  • Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    June 19, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Porn Film Festival Berlin
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 24, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Out On Film: Atlanta's LGBTQ Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    September 28, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Seattle Queer Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    October 13, 2022
    Official Selection
  • CineKink
    New York, NY
    United States
    May 4, 2022
    Virtual Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Porny Days Film Art Festival
    Zurich
    Switzerland
    November 23, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    October 19, 2022
    Australian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Queer Film Festival Weimar
    Weimar
    Germany
    December 4, 2022
    Official Selection
  • The Little Queer Festival
    Leipzig
    Germany
    January 18, 2023
  • Vienna Porn Film Festival
    Vienna
    Austria
    April 14, 2023
    Official Selection
  • The Bush Films
    New York, NY
    United States
    January 26, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Bee Lesbian Film Festival
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    February 23, 2023
    South America
    Official Selection
  • IMMAGINARIA (Lesbians & Other Rebellious Women)
    Rome
    Italy
    April 20, 2023
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Post-Port Warsaw
    Warsaw
    Poland
    June 13, 2023
    Poland
    Official Selection
  • London Lesbian Film Festival
    London
    Canada
    May 5, 2023
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Athens Porn Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    June 3, 2023
    Greece
    Official Selection
  • Muestra de Cine Erótico y PosPorno de Bogotá
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    April 2, 2023
    Colombia
    Official Selection
  • Queer Gestreift 2023
    Konstanz
    Germany
    April 14, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Erotic Art and Film Festival

    Australia
    June 10, 2023
    Official Selection
  • MiX Festival
    Milan
    Italy
    September 28, 2023
    Official Selection
  • San Francisco PornFilmFestival
    San Francisco
    United States
    August 19, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Erotic Edge
    Delhi, Goa, Kolkata and Bangalore
    India
    August 18, 2023
    Asia
    Official Selection
  • Le Fesses-tival - Genève
    Geneva
    Switzerland
    September 21, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mindy Stricke

Mindy Stricke is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher mapping vulnerability, authenticity, and belonging. Through a multi-layered, participatory research process, and using a range of forms including photography, audio, video, and interactive installations, she abstracts and transforms everyday objects, texts, and stories to reveal new perspectives of the landscapes of our lives.

Mindy’s work has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and has been exhibited throughout North America, and featured in CBC Arts, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Japan’s Voce Magazine, Toronto Star, Modern Loss, What’s Your Grief, and the Smithsonian Institute of Photography book and exhibit, “Click! Photography Changes Everything.” A transplanted New Yorker now living in Montréal, she is an affiliated researcher at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University.

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Director Statement

Inspired by my own erotic awakening as I entered into a polyamorous relationship and realized that I’m queer, I’ve been making work exploring how women can connect with our erotic selves through a series of projects called Erospace.

Melting Point shows the dance of the erotic through the female gaze and an unusual lens. Two female lovers come together in sensual and sexual play—only the scene is filmed with a thermal camera, which records temperature instead of light. Purple and black represent cold, while orange, red, and white show heat. The warmth of a hot shower, the extreme cold of ice cubes sliding across skin, and the literal heat of two bodies coming together are transformed into unexpected explosions of color. The resulting experiment allows us to see women’s sexual pleasure differently, and the joy that is possible when we are honest about who we are and what we want.