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SQIFF 2018

SQIFF “Bodies and Borders” Program

Thrilled to share that my collaboration with Patricia Silva has been chosen for SQIFF 2018 in their Bodies and Borders program!

The most urgent issues surrounding identity and oppression revolve around bodies and borders. In Being Okey, a gay Nigerian man is denied asylum in Switzerland and consequently caught between the constant fear of being sent home and hope of a life in safety. ABEO is an animation by Latinx artist Brenda M. Lopez Zepeda depicting the journey of two immigrants risking their lives to cross the Arizona desert. My Shoreline is an experimental film-poem about a disabled queer body in water, and My Own Wings documents intersex people from around the world. Working class queer bodies and class borders are forefronted in Krissy Mahan’s All in a Day’s Work and the implication of supposed sexual boundaries is explored in Patricia Silva’s bisexual ode, A Feeling More Than a Picture. Finally, legendary lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s new short, Evidentiary Bodies, is a plea for empathy and compassion generated through the viewing of other beings.

Recent Screenings – Summer – Fall 2018

Hello! I’m happy to say that my movie MY AUNT MAME will be shown as part of the 2018 2nd Annual Trans Stellar Film Festival in Detroit, MI on September 28-29, 2018

Recent Screenings

My Aunt Mame was selected to the 31st annual All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF), taking place September 6-9, 2018 in Austin, TX, in the Dramatic Shorts program.

Queer Access Film Festival Berlin


Queer Access Film Festival
Aug 30 – Aug 31, 2018 Suedblock
Skalitzer Straße 6, 10999 Berlin, Deutschland

QAFF, the first Queer Access Film Festival, is an invitation to experience films with and from queer filmmakers with and without disabilities.

DAY 1 – on Thursday, August 30th, we’ll offer a range of short films and the audience-including Expert-Talk “The Democratization of Desire”.
DAY 2 – on Friday, August 31th, we’ll show three longer movies: “The Blue Wonder” by Uschi Bökesch und “No Day without Love” by Ines de Nil. The filmmakers will be present and available for a Q&A.. The festival closes with “Yes! We Fuck” von Antonio Canteno & Raul de la Morena. (My film “Faggotgirl Gets Busy In The Bathroom” was commissioned specifically as the short film to precede “Yes, We Fuck” when it was shown at Wotever DIY Film Fest 2016).

Autumn 2018 Screenings

Hello! I’m happy to say that my movie MY AUNT MAME will be shown as part of the 2018 2nd Annual Trans Stellar Film Festival in Detroit, MI on September 28-29, 2018, held at Cinema Detroit.

AND my parody movie CAROL will be shown at the 2018 Toronto Queer Film Festival. I am so happy and proud! Thank you to everyone who has supported my films through the years.

Tales From The Margins – UK Television Interview

Tales From The Margins is a program hosted by Dr. Prof. Rainer Schulze (Prof (em) Mod Europ History @Uni_of_Essex. Holocaust in History&Memory. Trustee @WiseThoughts. Tales from the Margins @latestlgbtplus. Acad Advis Panel @LGBTHM) on TheLatestTV.

I was included in two broadcasts this July. The links to the trailers are below.

Broadcast on July 2, 2018 (rebroadcast July 6).
TALES FROM THE MARGINS: “Different Kinds of Bodies” – three short films about intersections of queerness and dis/ability:
9pm UK time, Latest TV, livestream at http://www.thelatest.co.uk/latest-tv/
#LGBTQ #film #disability #disABLED

Here is the trailer:

Broadcast on July 9, 2018 (rebroadcast July 13).
Here is the trailer:

Tales From The Margins

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.
NYC FEMINIST FILM WEEK 2018: PROGRAM 8: POWER
Saturday March 10, 2018
With: Carrie Hawks, Damien Luxe, Krissy Mahan, Constanza Mirré, Joanna Rytel, and Patricia Silva in person.

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.

Novmber 2015 Update

Howdy!
I’m very excited about the positive responses my movies have been receiving. It’s a compliment and it is an inspiration to make more. I have some new equipment and I’m so curious and excited about telling wacky stories with new tools.

Gender Reel 2015
I’ve screened movies at GenderReel every year it’s existed – that feels really cool especially since GenderReel has been growing, and gaining more recognition every year. My movie “1987, Summer” is part of this year’s traveling festival. The only screening left in 2015 is in Houston, Texas. I have a special place in my heart for the film community in Texas. At AGLIFF‘s “My Gay Movie” in 2004, “Faggotgirl Does Austin” won “The Weirdest Movie Jenn Garrison Had Ever Seen.” I treasure that award.

Scottish Queer Film Festival: Queer Women In Love
“This November and December, SQIFF is taking part in BFI Love with two programmes of films and events. Queer Women in Love is a diverse and exciting selection of films by and about lesbian, bisexual, and queer women with events across the UK. I Do? considers queerness and marriage marking the one year anniversary of changes to the marriage law in Scotland.”

BFI/Scottish Queer Film Festival’s Women in Love: The Virgin Machine
November 10, 2015
The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, Scotland
“The Virgin Machine”
In this early film by director Monika Treut, wannabe writer and journalist Dorothee leaves Germany for San Francisco searching for her long-lost mother and some insights into the ailment known as love. Encounters with male impersonator Ramona, charming bohemian Dominique, and purveyor of lesbian erotica, Susie Sexpert, result in liberating adventures in sexual self-discovery. When Dorothee surfaces a little dazzled on the wilder shores of the city’s lesbian community, she has discovered her sexuality…and left her illusions of romance behind.

Screening with short films “Fingers” by Sandra Alland, and “1987, Summer””Fingers” features a British Sign Language (BSL) poetry performance by Alison Smith about love, longing, and the sexiness of touch. “1987, Summer” is about a a baby dyke who has landed in a gay resort town during the AIDS crisis. She plays softball, goes clubbing, sleeps with lots of women, and learns about who she is and what she wants.
Part of BFI Love, in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love

It is such an honor, and so humbling, that my movie will be screening on World AIDS Day 2015, because it is about me and my friends trying to figure out the world as gay men were dying around us. We were kind of blaming ourselves AND feeling guilty AND trying to not get AIDS AND trying to figure out a political response AND trying to be young, gender-non-conforming people when we had no analysis of gender or trans issues or sexism generally. We did all of that badly, I am sad to say. But I want to talk about that, and see how far we all still have to go on those issues, including a comprehensive response to AIDS.

WORLD AIDS DAY 2015
BFI/Scottish Queer Film Festival’s Women In Love – Go Fish
December 1, 2015
Dundee University Feminist Society.
Room 3G02 within Dalhousie Building.

Go Fish:
Max is a too-cool-for-school young lesbian woman stressing over the fact she hasn’t had sex for ten months. After first dismissing hippy, excessive drinker of tea Ely, Max goes on a date with her, leading to a long-term mutual infatuation and a ‘will they, won’t they’ romantic trajectory. A collaboration between Guinevere Turner (The Watermelon Woman, Itty Bitty Titty Committee) and Rose Troche, Go Fish features a supporting cast of lesbian waifs and strays, including Ely’s sex addict roommate Daria and Max’s roommate Kia, whose girlfriend Evy has been kicked out her home by her homophobic mum.

Screening with short films “Dyketactics” and “Summer, 1987.” “Dyketactics” by Barbara Hammer is a sensuous, bold look at women’s desire and sexuality from a seminal lesbian filmmaker. “Summer, 1987” by Krissy Mahan is set in summer in the late 1980s when a baby dyke has landed in a gay resort town during the AIDS crisis. She plays softball, goes clubbing, sleeps with lots of women, and learns about who she is and what she wants.
Free. Donations will be taken for World AIDS Day.

Part of SQIFF presents: Queer Women in Love, a season of films by and about lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. Part of BFI LOVE, in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love

BFI/Scottish Queer Film Festival: Queer Women In Shorts
December 15, 2015
The Royal Vauxhall Taver, London, England
Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) in collaboration with Wotever DIY Film Festival and Bar Wotever presents a selection of shorts from SQIFF’s Queer Women in Love season, featuring films by and about lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. The line-up includes a range of styles and ideas relating to the theme of love from Barbara Hammer’s innovative 1970s lesbian experiment Dyketactics to Ami Nashimoto’s vegan, gluten-free date nightmare-comedy Dinner For Two, via queer filmmaking legend Cheryl Dunye’s very first film, Janine, and activist Krissy Mahan’s 1980s-set gay beach town dramedy, 1987, Summer.
With an introduction from SQIFF’s Helen Wright.

This is how accessibility, and information about it, is done well!
Tyneside Cinema is accessible for wheelchairs. Each of the Tyneside’s Cinema’s screens have power assisted doors and dedicated spaces for wheelchair users. If you specifically require tickets for the wheelchair spaces available in our auditoria, you can contact Box Office on 0845 217 9909. There is high contrast signage throughout the building, complete with braille. Tyneside also uses the Phonic infrared headset system to provide amplified sound in their screens. Headsets are available for this service from the Box Office on the ground floor and Tyneside Bar on the third floor.