Summer 2018

Recent Screenings

Splice Film Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania
June 8 -1 0, 2018
Erie Movie House, Erie, PA

Dyke Drama Film Festival, Perth Australia
May 25 – May 26, 2018
The Backlot Perth, West Perth, Western Australia

Philadelphia Film Society presents the May 2018 Philly Filmmaker Showcase
An exhibition supporting new work by talented up-and-coming local filmmakers of all ages, level, and backgrounds complete with a post-screening Q&As with the filmmakers and talent.
Celebrate our talented local filmmakers each month during the Philly Film Showcase. PFS turns the Prince Theater Black Box into a venue for up-and-coming filmmakers of all ages, level, and backgrounds. Each Showcase is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and talent to elicit feedback from the audience.

An Unashamed Claim to Visibility: Shorts At The Intersection of Queerness and Disability
With Special Performance by Ebony Rose Dark
Presented by Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, Wotever DIY Film Festival and the Queer Film Network.Tour to three cities all with accessible screenings;
Brighton, Glasgow, London 2018
The Cinema Museum, London, UK

More Spring 2018 Showbiz

I am very proud of the places/kinds of screenings where my movies are being included in this spring. I want non-cinema people to see my movies. I make work about and for regular people, so we can see ourselves and our complicated funny lives on the silver (or small) screen. So look at this delicious list of where my work was/will be included: a feminist film fest, a zine fest, a community college in a poor rural area, a traveling festival of films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability, an event for people with connections to the early stages of dementia, a home-grown lesbian festival in Australia, a festival in a former steel mill town, and a festival in rural Oklahoma, known only for the state penitentiary there. In writing this list, I realize these festivals make a portrait of me and my priorities. I am so grateful.
Here they are:
New York Feminist Film Week 2018, March 2018
Glasgow Zine Fest, March 2018
Camden County Community College Queer Feminist Film Night, March 2018
An Unashamed Claim To Visibility: short films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability, April 2018
Women Over 50 at the Rainbow Cafe, May 2018
Philadelphia Film Society – Local Filmmaker Showcase, May 2018
Dyke Drama Film Fest, May 2018
Splice Film Festival, June 2018
Glitter! Film Festival, July 2018

Spring 2018 Screenings Galore

Philadelphia Film Society
Philadelphia Film Society presents Philly Film Showcase
An exhibition supporting new work by talented up-and-coming local filmmakers of all ages, level, and backgrounds complete with a post-screening Q&As with the filmmakers and talent.
Celebrate our talented local filmmakers each month during the Philly Film Showcase. PFS turns the Prince Theater Black Box into a venue for up-and-coming filmmakers of all ages, level, and backgrounds. Each Showcase is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and talent to elicit feedback from the audience.
Tickets are FREE, though donations to Philly Film Showcase are welcome.

An Unashamed Claim to Visibility: Shorts At The Intersection of Queerness and Disability
With Special Performance by Ebony Rose Dark
Presented by Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, Wotever DIY Film Festival and the Queer Film Network.
Accessible screenings

April 23, 2018 Duke of York’s Cinema, Brighton, UK
April 26, 2018 Center For Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK
April 29, 2018 Hosted by Wotever Film Fest, Fringe! Queer Film Fest London, and the Queer Film Network.
Held at The Cinema Museum, London, UK

SQIFF Presents: Live DIY Queer Filmmaking Conversation! Part of The Glasgow Zine Fest 2018
Accessible screening
Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 7:00pm
CCA Cinema, Glasgow, UK

NYC Feminist Film Week: March 6-11, 2018 at Anthology Film Archives, NYC.
Saturday March 10, 2018
With: Carrie Hawks, Damien Luxe, Krissy Mahan, Constanza Mirré, Joanna Rytel, and Patricia Silva in person.


An Unashamed Claim to Visibility:
short films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability

Presented by Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London, Wotever DIY Film Fest, and the Queer Film Network.
+ a post-screening discussion
+ performance by Ebony Rose Dark
Sunday 29 April at the Cinema Museum @ 17:30.

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 previously invisible stories to the forefront of the conversation.
This programme presents an exciting selection of performative work by and about functionally 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 beauty, desire, autonomy and, above all, visibility.
A collaboration between Wotever DIY Film Festival, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, and the Queer Film Network

Films runtime: 81min

Just Me
Dir. Matthew Kennedy
| 2014 UK | 2’54
Fresh, frank and low-fi, Matthew Kennedy’s performance of selfhood tackles labelling and prejudice towards queerness, being femme, and having a learning disability.
Dir. Faye Carr-Wilson
| 2016 UK | 5’41
“I think of my drag as kind of a big Fuck You to everyone,” says the incandescent Venus Dimilo in this forthright documentary portrait about taking up the space you deserve.
Funny GIrl
Dir. Rosina Andreaou
| 2017 UK | 6’10
Exploring the on and offstage comedy of Rosie Jones, this documentary questions stereotypes about disability, sexuality, and being a Northerner.
What Lies Beneath
Dir. Sandra Alland, Ani Urbanowska
| 2018 UK| 5’35
In a visceral and wrenching address, poet Alison Smith performs her poem in BSL of medical and emotional trauma, of a desperate need to be recognised and to feel basic human compassion in a sterile environment.
Faggotgirl Gets Busy In The Bathroom
Dir. Krissy Mahan
| 2016 USA | 3’39
Mahan’s disability-rights campaigning, alter-ego butch dyke genderqueer superhero Faggot Girl relentlessly crusades for greater accessibility, arguing that access is a queer issue. In this episode they demonstrate why public bathrooms are a crucial frontier in the fight for equality, and how hot sex and accessibility principles share common ground.
Dir. Christine Bylund
| 2013 Sweden| 8’14
The bittersweet story of love between two girls in a Swedish residential home for young people with disabilities, this performed monologue is brimming with sensuality as it questions who is allowed to love.
Dir. Jan-Peter Horstmann
| 2017 Germany| 15’33
Ricco Müller was crowned Mr Gay Switzerland in 2009 and now finds a home under the bright lights of the adult film set as Rick Lous, coming into himself away from the limitations that society has tried to put on him as a gay, D/deaf person.
Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty
Dir. Patty Berne
| 2013 USA | 33’00
A provocative and unflinching documentary shining a light on Sins Invalid, a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of colour and queer and gender-variant artists. Featuring performances by Nomy Lamm, Cara Page, Maria Palacios, ET Russian, Antoine Hunter, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha , seeley quest, Mat Fraser and Rodney Bell.

PERFORMANCE: Ebony Rose Dark
Ebony Rose Dark is your all singing/lip syncing all dancing, Story Telling, V.I.P/Visually Impaired cabaret artist. A feisty Birmingham Lass who loves a party, with big red lips and snaking hips – she’s a diva and a half but with a heart of gold.
She is currently artist in residence at RVT’s Bar Wotever, and performs nationally and internationally in theatres, bars, pubs and community settings. Recent works include Dance solo at Wardrobe theatre Bristol at 2017 Pre Bristol Pride Party as well as Performing at Brighton Pride Party 2017 at the Marlborough pub theatre.
Photo of Ebony Rose Dark on a stage. She wears a flowy bright orange dress and strong glitter eyeshadow. Her arms are raised up in the air to form the letter Y in front of a silver curtain.

Important Information
Access Information
This film screening will have closed captions, audio description, and BSL interpretation for introduction/Q&A. Large Print programme notes will be available on the night.
The venue is wheelchair access via a lift from the ground floor (with accessible loo) to the first floor (the screening room). There are a few disabled parking spaces directly outside the main door of the venue. Service dogs welcome.
Advance booking recommended using Eventbright, but a limited number of tickets will be available on the door on the day (cash only).
The venue operates a small bar/cafe with basic snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine at very reasonable prices (cash only).

Contact Us:
Please contact us if you have any additional requirements at or on 07790612415

This film programme is part of a nationwide tour as part of the Queer Film Network.
QFN is a strategic Film Hub Wales project and receives support from the BFI Film Audience Network

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Skype Q & A at the Glasgow ZineFest

SQIFF Presents: Live in SQIFF Presents: Live DIY Queer Filmmaking In Conversation!

Saturday, April 14, 2018
7:00 PM 8:15 PM (2:00pm East Coast USA time)
Cinema, CCA GLasgow
350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3JD United Kingdom

SQIFF’s Helen Wright presents a screening-performance looking at the work of DIY queer filmmakers Krissy Mahan and Nakshatra Bagwe whilst joined by the filmmakers via the interwebs for a live conversation. Krissy Mahan and her alter ego Faggotgirl – based in New York – have been making movies using humour as a feminist tool for 25 years.
Mahan’s movies centre the social failures around accessibility, gender identity, mental health, immigration, and working class post-industrial cities.

Nakshatra Bagwe is a gay rights activist and filmmaker from Mumbai who started making zero budget films focused on homosexuality and queer community awareness at the age of 22. Both artists will discuss the ideas behind filmmaking with a DIY ethos. With thanks to Wotever DIY Film Festival.

The discussion will be typed live and appear on the cinema screen alongside being read out loud. Films are mostly in the English language with English language subtitles or captions.

Ticket information:

Welcome 2018 and NYFFW

I am excited to say that My Aunt Mame and Faggotgirl In Winter have been selected to screen at the second annual New York Feminist Film Week, held at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. It is quite and honor.
Here is the info:
Saturday, March 10 @ 5:00 PM
Anthology Film Archives


Film Notes
Carrie Hawks, Damien Luxe, Krissy Mahan, Constanza Mirré, Joanna Rytel, and Patricia Silva in person.

This short film program examines how communities and individuals inhabit, resist, and transgress gendered power structures in private and public spaces with verve and creativity. Adopting an intersectional, non-binary approach, the program aims to give visibility to marginalized experiences and identities through a range of cinematic forms and aesthetics, including animation, abstract film, music video, documentary, and experimental narrative. The first part of the program explores themes of eldercare and dis/ability, black identity, labor and exploitation, femininity, the ambivalence of parenthood and bisexual visibility. The second part begins with a journey about gender non-conformity within the context of African heritage and spirituality, and then looks into the vulnerability and isolation of abuse, culminating in a documentary about three Muslim women and their stories of sexual assault, challenging the stigma that has long suppressed the voices of survivors.

Krissy Mahan MY AUNT MAME (2017, 9 min, digital)
Krissy Mahan FAGGOTGIRL IN WINTER (2015, 3.5 min, digital)
Carrie Hawks BLACK ENUF* (2016, 23 min, digital)
Damien Luxe WORKING GIRL BLUES (2009, 4 min, digital)
Signe Baumane WOMAN (2002, 10 min, digital)
Joanna Rytel STAY-UPS (2017, 11 min, digital)
Patricia Silva A FEELING MORE THAN A PICTURE (2018, 10 min, digital)

[short break]

Seyi Adebanjo OYA: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WEST AFRICA! (2015, 30 min, digital)
Constanza Mirré I (2017, 2 min, digital)
Nadya Ali BREAKING SILENCE (2017, 40 min, digital)

Total running time: ca. 150 min.

Winter 2017 update

Well, friends, 2017 was quite a year!

I made great progress in my filmmaking, my work got screened in many places, and I made new friends through it all.  Smashing success!

I don’t have any festival screenings coming up, so I am busily making new work, hopefully done in time for consideration for the fall festivals.  I hope that the generosity and support that was showered upon me this year will transform into the positive change I hope for the world. I feel so grateful.

l’m ready to keep disrupting the status quo, and with a super ’17 behind me, now more that ever I’ll fight with humor and love.  Watch me soar!

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest 2017

My parody of the recently-became-cult film “Carol” will be showing at the Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest from 14-19 November, 2017. I’m very excited because I like that little movie I made. I can’t really believe people got suckered into considering that Haynes thing as one of the best lesbian films ever. In your mind, replace Carol with a straight white man, (perhaps a rich and influential person in Hollywood whose name rhymes with Mine-stein) and you see that there is nothing funny about it at all.
After debuting at the Wotever DIY Film Festival, my “Carol” toured around with the Women Over 50 Film Festival last winter and this spring.
Here’s the trailer.
You should know that the audio for my trailer is the exact same audio in the theatrical release version. This parody wrote itself.

Black laurel leaves on a white background encircle the words Official Selection Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest

Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2017

Here’s a report about 2017 SQIFF, held in Glasgow, and how much I loved it. Helen Wright and the whole team is to be congratulated for shepherding all the films, personalities, needs, desires and logistics of organizing such a huge event for so many. The CCA has good access for wheelchair users, there was BSL interpretation at Q & As, the films were subtitled and captioned, Thank You Marc David and crew! And of course, another of Faggotgirl’s passions, gender neutral, accessible toilets!
The festival took place September 23rd to October 1st. On the 23rd, I would have loved to attend the workshop for working class LGBT people in film and TV, led by Dr. Leanne Dawson and Laura Wylie, I finally got to meet those two powerhouse women. SQIFF made a special effort to make sure working class and bisexual experiences were well represented and I think they succeeded magnificently.

Krissy Mahan: Telling Working Class Stories (from SQIFF blog)

First, I arrived in Glasgow on the weekend before it started, which meant my lovely hosts endured me for 8 nights! Thank you, Cloudberry and Nosheen of Digital Desperados, who present GLITCH. By sheer luck saw that there was special event being held at the Glasgow Women’s Library to commemorate its 25 year existence. Attending this was an important way to start my trip, because it was around 25 years ago that I started thinking and acting as a feminist, and seeing myself as an artist. In a lucky coincidence, my tour of the UK started at the Women Over 50 Film Festival, huge thanks to Nuala O’Sullivan, so I was already reflecting on how much I’ve grown, and how much women and vulnerable people still must demand. So the GWL was a wonderful way to begin this trip to SQIFF, which really felt like a celebration of years of my artistic and political efforts.
I also would like to say a warm Thank You to Kate and Naomhan. They befriended me the first night I was there and were so kind to me all week, even though they were working so hard for the festival.

Here are some notes:

26 Sept I attended the scriptwriting workshop then went Transmission Gallery to watch Lasse Langstrom’s “Who Will Fuck Daddy?”

27 Sept The SQIFF opening “The Misandrists”
I did not like how trans issues were handled. I feel bored by these films that are supposedly shocking. What’s new here? A real live surgery of the removal of male reproductive organs. Yes, that was a new to my eyes.

28 Sept SQIFF Shorts: Sketches
Carrie Hawkes‘film “Black Enuf* is visually spectacular, edited so sharply with a mix of live footage and animation, and of course is a compelling story for a misfit like me. Really I’m hooked every time I see it. “Sunday Lunch” reminded me of what queers will put up with when we are trying to be nice with our families. There was an animated sequence in it about the father feeling trapped that was an outstanding example of how animation can tell some stories better than live actors.

28 Sept Tax On Me

“Tax On Me” is a hip-hop music video by filmmaker Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi and media coop responding to the preposterous Care Tax and the effect it has on people who need support. After the film, Kalantar Kalantar-Hormozi discussed the origins of the film, and current activism against unjust government policies penalizing people with disabilities. Follow #FightCareTax to find out more about this immoral and outrageous tax.

28 Sept SQIFF Shorts: The Gayz
The highlight is definitely DESIRE by CampbellX, it is important and beautiful, and I loved it. I’m in it but this is the first time I saw it. It is making well-deserved waves at film festivals this fall. It is an experimental film exploring desire for transmasculine, butch, stud, and masculine of center (MOC) people assigned female at birth. Rob Eagle‘s “Harding & His Camera” made for some interesting post-screening discussion around privilege, imperialism and what we DON’T know. Dr. Dawson said “it was a homosexual gaze applied to a homosocial society, which is problematic.”

28 Sept SQIFF Shorts: Are We Queer Yet?
“Ribbons”- I lived in Provincetown/Cape Cod 1987-1989, a historically gay male resort town, when men would go to die after their HIV+ diagnosis (there was no treatment or cure.) Was this film supposed to be a “feel good” kind of thing? Yikes. You can read more about the grassroots response to AIDS in Provincetown here.
You can watch my movie “1987, Summer,” its about being a young lesbians witnessing the AIDS years in Provincetown.

30 Sept Looking Awry: Representing Bisexual* Desires On Screen
Jacob Engelbert led this event in which we could watch scenes from movies he was referencing. I enjoyed the talk because although I’ve always had bisexual people in my life, it is useful for me to have someone very specifically spell out the social constructions that create such negative effects for bi people.

30 Sept Gaysian Superheroes
I finally had a chance to see “Khush” and “Banghra Jig” by the award-winning filmmaker Pratibha Parmar! I know that she’s important to women’s filmmaking and I’m so lucky to see them on a big screen.
I totally loved Seema Mattu‘s work! “Seema Weds Seema” is exactly the kind of movie I wish I’d thought of. Like Faggotgirl, girls who grow up in complicated families are told to be small. I consider it a rousing triumph when we unapologetically FILL THE SCREEN. AND MAKE THE WHOLE THING ABOUT OURSELVES. Deal with it.
By the way, this program was presented by Collect:If of the GWL. Collect:If is a fabulous new network bringing together Women of Colour (WoC) who are established figures in the arts, culture and creative industries in Scotland and those who are developing their practice.

Then came the Filmmakers Social. It is so fun and nourishing to hang with queers who love film. The space at the CCA is great for socializing already, but that dedicated felt special and important.

30 Sept SQIFF Shorts: Defiant Dykes
Well, I wish I got do-overs, but I don’t. Also the huge theater was full.
Every one of these films was excellent. The Q & A was led by Dr. Leann Dawson. All us panelists were involved with films that were working class, we were all on the older end of the age range of SQIFFers, and none of us were femme. I think “Breaking Down My Translation” by Azara Meghie and Kai Fi’ain was most interesting to me, by how it combined elements in a flow. I have much more to say about class and butchness and the ways my working class life influences my films, but that’s a longer thing. Also,

I firmly support the cultural boycott of the State of Israel.

30 Sept Looking Awry: Nowhere
This was part of the bisexual strand. “Self and Others” played first after being introduced by director Patricia Silva. I really appreciate that Silva makes the viewer closely examine gesture. When I see this film I realize all the times I’ve thought someone was simply gay, but forgot to consider that maybe they are bi. After that came the feature “Nowhere” Lucky for me I was in a good mood, because I did not like it at all. Jacob Engelbert had introduced it and given some context, which did help.

1 Oct SQIFF Shorts: Scotland III
These were all great and I was feeling especially charmed by Scotland generally, so I loved them all. “Joey” directed by Helen Wright hit just the right balance of reality and WTF is going on here. This short was great and is it going to be developed more fully – that would be awesome. I was also very drawn to “Pull.” I appreciated how Eleanor Capaldi dropped me in a situation, let me observe it, and left it open-ended. I very much liked being trusted in that way.

Diane Torr Tribute: Man For A Day
I puzzle over the word “masculinity” a lot. Am I masculine? Is that a scale to measure me by? This film offered some embodied examples of hit/miss performances of masculinity. Also I always heard of Diane Torr and knew I should know more about her.

SQIFF Closer: Signature Move
I think this film is going to be a big hit, and it deserves to be. The production values are super great, the acting is right on, the script is sensitive, and the story is strong. Lisa Donato who co-wrote the script is super cool and we had drinks afterwards and talked about our experiences of moving back home to a hostile place to do eldercare. She’s great.

As you see, SQIFF is excellent. I am already looking forward to being there next year. Thanks, Team SQIFF, for your hard work at creating so much enjoyment for me.

Here comes the press

I’ll try to keep up with links to reviews about my work at festivals here.

Here’s a good one to start with!
GUM – Glasgow University Student Magazine
“My Aunt Mame’ is a short film conducted solely through Fischer-Price toys. Time is woven between various pasts and the present: the present is a woman sitting at her ailing mother’s bedside; the past experiences of growing up queer in the 1970s and 1980s. Mame exists solely in flashbacks as a forgotten lesbian aunt, ostracized from her family for being queer. Each visit marks a different holiday and a different girlfriend to introduce to the family. The film’s playfulness in its composition juxtaposes its seriousness in content, mirroring the director’s experience of caring for a family member while filming the piece.”

Here’s a video review of the Defiant Dykes program at SQIFF
LGBTQ Review (UK)