Krissy Mahan has been making movies using humor as a feminist tool for 25 years. Mahan’s movies center the social failures around accessibility, gender identity, mental health, immigration, and working class post-industrial cities. Mahan teaches in a public elementary school, and has recently screened at the 2017 and 2018 New York Feminist Film Week, aGLIFF in Austin, Women Over 50 Film Festival, Brighton, UK; the London Fringe! Film Festival, London, UK; Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Glasgow, the Dyke Drama Film Fest in Perth, Australia, Queer Access Berlin, festivals/programs that focus on dis/Ability+queerness, and screenings in support of community groups.
She is a perennial favorite at the Wotever DIY Film Festival, London, UK.
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2018
Hello Friends! It is with a grateful and joyous heart that I am writing about the places my films will be shown this Oct – Nov. I am especially pleased that such a wide range of my movies are in such a wide range of settings. Here’s the schedule:
October 11th 6:30 LIKE A RIOT opens Gender Reel 8th Annual Twin Cities Film Festival at Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, Minnesota). GenderReel provides a place where the voices of trans and gender diverse people can be shared – this plays a crucial role in the trans movement. To this end, Gender Reel is committed to creating a safe and supportive festival where these voices, experiences and stories can be shared and explored.
October 18th 20:15 FAGGOTGIRL GETS BUSY IN THE BATHROOM, as part of the Unashamed Claim To Beauty programme, plays in Hamburg at the Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival, in Kino 3. As queer communities strive to embrace intersectional politics, those with a disability or functional diversity are often left behind. Despite the higher prevalence of disability among LGBTIQA+ communities, disabled, D/deaf, visually impaired, learning disabled and/or chronically ill queers are often excluded from queer spaces and queer screens. More recently, a growing body of work is redressing this balance and bringing previouslyinvisible stories to the forefront of the conversation. This programme presents an exciting selection of performative work by diverse filmmakers exploring the intersections of queerness and disability. From beautifully rendered tales of forbidden love to how to get jiggy in (accessible) bathrooms, this collection of hilarious, agonising, erotic, tender and sexy shorts represents an unashamed claim to visibility, desire, autonomy and beauty. Kuratorin Theresa Heath ist anwesend. This film programme is part of a nationwide tour as part of the Queer Film Network and was curated by Wotever DIY Film Festival and Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest. QFN is a strategic Film Hub Wales project and receives support from the BFI Film Audience Network.
November 3rd 6pm CAROL screens at the Toronto Queer Film Festival. Nov 3 | 6:00pm @ OCAD University. The films in this collection of shorts combine poetry with experimental and found footage filmmaking to highlight the ambivalent prospects of representing gender, sexuality, and identity in cinema today.
Tuesday November 6th Faggotgirl In Winter at 7:30pm (Election Day) Pride Film Festival in Chicago: Pride Arts Center at 4139 N. Broadway The theme is “Queer Survival: Art & Activism Will Set Us Free.”
November 9th 7pm MY AUNT MAME screens at the 2018 Inaugural Woodbury Queer International Film Festival, at Tiki Tiki.
November 17th 21:00 GLOUCESTER CITY, MY TOWN plays in the London Fringe! Film Festival at the Hackney House. Shorts: Rewrite the Ending: Lesbians have long suffered terrible fates in the plots of film and TV that just can’t seem to let us have a happy ending. This programme of shorts challenges the common tropes to imagine what could have been, what we are fighting for now, and alternatives to the usual narrative.
And another glorious festival is on the thistle-y horizon…