By coincidence, two of the more provocative documentaries I’ve seen this year arrive in Chicago on Friday. Pervert Park, screening for one week at Facets Cinematheque, takes viewers inside Florida Justice Transitions, a Saint Petersburg trailer park that provides temporary housing for some 120 registered sex offenders. Tickled, which opens at Music Box, chronicles the efforts of two New Zealand journalists to uncover the truth behind “competitive endurance tickling,” a new sport based in Los Angeles, despite a series of legal threats from the sponsor. Both movies explore atypical sexual proclivities, whether they’re harmless (as in Tickled) or profoundly destructive (as in Pervert Park). But on a deeper level, these are really stories about power, shame, and the law. Continue reading >>