Wow! So i’m not sure if anyone even reads this, but if you know me, you know that i am very happy to just amuse myself by making movies that sometimes even screen at accessible, friendly, feminist and often queer festivals.

My first paparazzi photo!

So IMAGINE MY SUPRISE that my movie about my great aunt will be gracing the silver screen across the WORLD, or at least across an ocean. I will add more later, but here’s what i can share so far:

Here are the festivals and dates:

Leeds Queer Film Festival
50 Years of Queer Cinema
Saturday 16th September 2017 at Live Art Bistro
More details coming soon…

Scottish Queer International Film Festival
We are super pleased to announce that SQIFF 2017 will take place 27th September to 1st October in Glasgow. We return with our packed programme of screenings, workshops, discussions, and parties creating community and pushing boundaries in LGBTIQ+ film and art. This year SQIFF will be bigger and better, taking place across 5 days! Our main venue will once again be the CCA with events at other venues around the city.

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Look closely at this photo of Faggotgirl heralding a small sign near the exit from the NYC subway. She is heralding it with a Damning ARM DOWN. Say you heard of “The Oculus” at the World Trade Center in New York City, and would like to visit it. NYC is one of the richest building-boom cities on the planet. Surely new memorial buildings with billion-dollar budgets will be fully accessible, right? WRONG.

After traveling godknowshowfar and arriving on the E train at the World Trade Center, this tiny MTA sign (if you can find it, also no announcements or Braille) directs people who don’t use stairs to:
Take the E train to 14th street.
Then to “Take Bus Service” whatever that means.
Say you decide to fight through this ABLEIST BULLCRAP AS USUAL, and decide to try again to get back to EXACTLY WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE, just 20 ft higher.

Here are the google directions for this 30 minute journey to get back to the place you were standing:

Take the E (you just got out of) to 14th Street.
Proceed east 0.2 miles to 7th Ave
The directions on Google Maps say “walk” which could be insulting to some but let’s continue:
Then find a bus map (lol lol LMFAO) and figure out which bus you’ll need to take to World Trade Center.
Board an M20 bus(hopefully the lift is working).
Ride the M20 for 21 minutes if there’s no traffic.
Exit the bus and proceed 0.4 miles (8 minutes)

And here’s what you’ll find: A high-end MALL. Also, people who don’t use stairs will have a wildly different experience of the space. This is Unexcusable. Universal Design must be mandatory and enforced. Universal Design means that THE WAY YOU MOVE IN THE WORLD DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE A BETTER OR WORSE EXPERIENCE OF IT. Period.
Federal ADA standards just say “disabled people” (hate that term) have to be “accommodated.” That is FAR TOO LOW a standard. We need to insist that any public money, and also private money, used to build anything respects all kinds of bodies and techniques for experiencing the world. Let’s make it so.

It is NOT that deep — Accessibility is a design and management issue, for COLLECTIVE SOLUTIONS, not for individual isolation, exclusion or pity.

FINALLY 2 lawsuits against the MTA are filed!!
http://dralegal.org/press/unprecedented-dual-class-action-suits-filed-today-challenging-new-york-city-subway-systems-illegal-discrimination-wheelchair-users-others/
(that’s the NYC subways and bus system)
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Don’t even DRAW ME ON about what anyone could possibly want to buy there. Maybe they have Twin Tower salt and pepper shakers there. Sad!

OH MY GOD IT GETS WORSE!
Two days after I posted this rant, the roof of the Oculus LEAKED LIKE A SIEVE. You can’t make this up, folks. IMG_2753 IMG_2754

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My movie “Like A Riot” was shown at the 2017 Leeds Queer Film Festival this spring. It has a soundtrack from the Black feminist punk band Big Joanie, and it was lovingly subtitled by Marc David Jacobs.

Dear Krissy,
I’m writing on behalf of Leeds Queer Film Festival to thank you for allowing us to show your film. The festival was a resounding success and we received especially good feedback for the programme this year. We were so pleased to be able to show a very strong selection of films and had some difficult decisions about which films we had to leave out.

You will find attached our laurel, which we hope you can use in promoting your film.

We wish you the best of luck for all your creative endeavours and look forward to receiving submissions from you to future festivals.

All the best,
Clare
filmfestzane

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Twin Cities Pride Transgender Film Series

WHEN:
April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE:
Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
COST: Free
CONTACT:
Amy Brockman
612-255-3260

Twin Cities Pride and Gender Reel Minnesota present three amazing nights of free film screenings and Q&A’s – 4/5, 4/12 and 4/26. All films will be shown at Sateren Auditorium on the Augsburg College campus in Minneapolis.

4/26/17: Film Shorts.

7:00 PM -8:00 PM — From dating calamities and bathroom mishaps, join us for a fun filled hour of film shorts featuring some of the funniest flicks to premiere at Gender Reel in the past 6 years. Films include: Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure (12 min), Crazy Hot (10 min), The Heartbreak of VD (13 min), Cover Up (11 min) and Faggotgirl Gets Busy In the Bathroom (4 min).

8:15 PM to 8:45 PM — Coming Full Circle: The Journey of a Transgender Korean Adoptee (29 min).

Other screening nights:

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I am proud to have been included in an Oska Bright film program curated by The Scottish Queer International Film Festival and the Glasgow Short Film Festival. This is what we’re fighting hard to achieve. Thanks for putting this together! Screen Shot 2017-03-19 at 8.16.57 PMOska Bright Film Festival
The Oska Bright Film Festival is the leading international festival of films made by, or featuring, people with learning disabilities. It is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.

HuffPostUK article: It Is Important That People With A Learning Disability Are Seen On Screen And Stage Simply Because We Exist
(from the article linked above) “When I first started acting, I faced a lot of negativity. There was a lot of misconceptions from casting directors that I wouldn’t be able to act a part, or that I would hold up the filming or production schedule because of my disability. They were also worried about how to direct me as they didn’t know how to communicate with me or didn’t think that I would be able to understand what they wanted me to do.”
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My movie “Like A Riot” (subtitled) will be leading off the Leeds Queer Film Festival next week. I am super proud to be part of a this festival and appreciate their commitment to accessibility. I was just at the New York Feminist Film Week and so many of us talked about the value of collaboration as filmmakers. It’s so exciting to see curators joining forces, too! Well done. I wish I could be there.

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New York Feminist Film Week

This week I’ve had the pleasure and honor of being included in the New York Feminist Film Week, a festival with a lineup of incredible films and filmmakers. The event is at Anthology Film Archives in NYC.
I am part of:
Program 2: BODIES (International Women’s Day Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 6:30.
Joey Carducci (formerly known as Gina Carducci), Nona Faustine, Sasha Just, krissy Mahan, Patricia Silva and Mila Zou

Program 6: Feminist Film Genealogies Roundtable Saturday Match 11, 2017 at 5pm
With Signe Baumane, Joey Carducci (formerly known as Gina Carducci),
Nona Faustine, Barbara Hammet (yes, really), Sascha Just, krissy Mahan, Constanta Mirré, Joanna Rytel, Patricia Silva, and Mila Zou.
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Hammer Time!

Hammer Time!

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Here’s something for a good laugh… Some scholar wrote a fancy academic text about how I proffer (?) hope by being the archetype of a hot butch dyke!

And when I’m not embodying a sexual ideal, I’m saving kids’ lives by giving peculiar pep talks like on page 91 of this scholarly article.

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Wow! I had quite the UK run at the end of February. My parody of the Todd Haynes’ film “Carol” found a loving home on screens with the Women Over 50 Film Festival ON PARADE! It was shown at LesbianLives2017 and at the “OlderWomenRock” program, at the Quarterhouse_UK of CQ_folkestone
Here are some screenshots from the lovely and talented and hard working curator, Nuala O’Sullivan.
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