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

NYC FEMINIST FILM WEEK 2018: PROGRAM 8: POWER

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.

Dykeumentary On Parade!

Wow. I am the luckiest person in the world.  Who would have thought that some construction paper and Fisher-Price people would be the reason I am going to the UK this September! My movie “My Aunt Mame” was selected by 4 film festivals so far, and I hope some more, too, (because i sent it out to more that 75 festivals).

The biggest thanks goes to the Wotever DIY Film Festival, led by Theresa Heath-Elul and Tara Brown. They showed a Faggotgirl film in 2013, and have been my biggest champions ever since. You never know when something happens that changes the course of your life, and I am sure that being selected by WDIYFF is one of those things. I aspire to maintain the high standards that their festival set in all the future work that I do; accessible, inclusive, rigourous and fun.

Thank you Looking At You Productions for encouraging me to make this movie, thank you Women Over 50 Film Festival for making a dedicated festival to older women, thank you Leeds Queer Film Festival for your demonstrated leadership, for years now, in how to make a festival fully accessible, and thank you Scottish Queer Film Festival for your enthusiastic support of even my most wacky projects. I am so humbled and happy to be bringing Aunt Mame’s story out to the world.  It is a dream come true as well as my political project to be making funny movies that remain hopeful and fun in a world that needs love and joy.

OMG! This just in! Curve magazine, who normally would move to the other side of the bar if they saw me, wrote an article about the Women Over 50 Film Festival and they included a write-up of “My Aunt Mame!” Victory is MINE.

SHOWBIZ – That’s Me

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.

Such nice people in Leeds

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

GenderReel 2017 in Minneapolis

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:

Oska Bright at Scottish Short Film Festival

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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Leeds Queer Film Fest 3/24-27/2017

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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.

LesbianLives2017 and Older Women Rock!

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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Another screening, and GenderReel this holiday season

I’m so pleased when my movies is set out on their journies to increase justice and happiness!

Queer America at University College London
QUEER AMERICA film screenings, 6.15pm 3 November 2016
With all eyes on America’s presidential election, Out@UCL is screening a programme of short films that look at some of the variety of queer stories in America. We’re looking especially at the often marginalised voices within the LGBT+ community, including older people, QTIPOC and trans and genderqueer experiences. Stick around for the Q&A afterwards with some of the directors who, fortunately for us, are in London.
When: 6.15 – 8pm, Thursday, 3 November
Location: Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building (entrance on Gower Street)
“Faggotgirl Gets Busy In The Bathroom” will be shown

There is also talk that this video will screen in Australia as a public service announcement at a lesbian film fest, and might be included in the December Boston tour for GenderReel 2016!

Arts/Politics, Events, Videos

“Carol” – in the style of Todd Haynes

imageThis will be shown as part of the Women Over 50 Film Festival in Brighton, UK October 1, 2016.

I didn’t like the Haynes’ film at all. No matter how many rain-splattered windows there are, and no matter how beautifully filmed with a surging cello score, the story being told is a schmalty snoozefest about white rich people behaving badly, that even it’s author was embarrassed to claim (Highsmith published it under a pen name). If it was about a straight white couple, it would be both boring amd offensive in its class politics. Like every other movie, no? I saw Haynes’ “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story” 15 years ago, and maybe it influenced my movie-making. So I am disappointed that he chose to make this earnest melodrama.