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 pleased that some movies that haven’t been shown much are getting out there to do their work. 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).
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.
November 3rd 6pm CAROL screens at the Toronto Queer Film Festival at OCAD University.
Tuesday November 6th 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 Woodbury Queer International Film Festival, at TikiTiki.
November 17th 21:00 GLOUCESTER CITY, MY TOWN plays in the London Fringe! Film Festival at the Hackney House.
And another glorious festival is on the horizon…
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
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
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.
Hello all, and I hope you are enjoying this mild winter as much as I am.
Here’s Mom looking badass in 1955.(Click it and it rotates correctly, I don’t know why it is doing this.)
As some of you know, I’ve moved home to take care of my mother as she battles PSP – Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. According to the CDC, this disease is rare. However, in South Jersey, it is so common in older women that almost everyone I talk with has a grandmother or aunt who has/had it. Infuriating and expected, in a post-industrial wasteland poisoned by thorium, mercury, lead and asbestos. Camden will never gentrify because no white middle-class family would move here. It is neurologic birth defect ground zero (I was also born with a neurological abnormality in my brain stem.) Our sister-city-in-murder-rates, Flint, MI is a sorrowful example that poor, Black-majority cities are just allowed to die.
So it is difficult to focus on making movies during this time of intense eldercare. I have been writing screenplays and fiddling around with a remake of “Carol” when I have a few moments to myself. I also signed up for Film Freeway and so have been sending my videos to festivals for consideration. I am most excited for a project about my childhood, when we learned my best friend’s sister was a lesbian.
It has been exciting to see all the action figures of women in the news lately. I am glad that Faggotgirl has some Super Friends. I hope they have superpowers, and are not just to be looked at and dressed up. More later!