Category Archives: Videos

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.
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.

AN UNASHAMED CLAIM TO VISIBILITY: SHORTS AT THE INTERSECTION OF QUEERNESS AND DIS/ABILITY



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.
Venus
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.
Bars
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.
Rick
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.
Tickets:
Advance booking recommended using Eventbright, but a limited number of tickets will be available on the door on the day (cash only).
Refreshments:
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 woteverfilm@gmail.com 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: https://ccaglasgow.ticketsolve.com/shows/873588417

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.

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

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)

Women Over Fifty Film Festival – WOFFF

The Women Over 50 Film Festival was held on 14 – 17 September, 2017 at The Sallis Benney Theatre in the University of Brighton, and I was honored to be selected for it. My new movie “My Aunt Mame” (trailer here) screened in the Anchor program on 17 Sept 2017.
The festival had its origins in a screening in 2015, arranged by Nuala O’Sullivan and some friends, who programmed a day of films by/about older women. And now having watched the high quality, fascinating WOFFF’s selections, I am even more perplexed about why movies featuring older women are not very widely seen and celebrated.
I really enjoyed Brighton. My hosts were lovely, the cute city is right on the sea and I had nice weather, and it is a manageable size for walking and being new.
The festivals selections were very excellent. Here are some notes I took.

Saturday noon 16 Sept 2017
Hearts On Fire program
Loved the two animated films, both excellent; “Lying Women” (Deborah Kelly, 2016) and “A Woman Apart” (Mary k. Omelina, 2017), this one was a standout for script and the animation. I’d like to see that be even bigger. “Girls Of A Feather” (Dina And Elsalam, 2016) made me want to visit Alexandria, Egypt, and I liked the slow pace.

Saturday 1:45pm 16 Sept 2017
Power/Balance
“Brand New Day” (Patricia Beckman Wells, 2017) was frigging amazing, and Patricia herself was so friendly and generous with animation advice. See this movie if you can. “Hear Me Now” (Maria Viola Craig, 2017) was about the survivors of the sanatariums for TB, super sad. I’d like to find out more about the supporting the program, that was shown in the “Girls And Glaciers” (Annette Frahm, 2017) documentary.

Saturday 4:45 16 Sept 2017
Conflict
“Get Riel” (Will Barnard, 2017) is a short doc that i hope will be expanded about Elsa Perez, a dancer raised in South Africa, and the apartheid that she overcame. I went to her dance workshop later that night — she still has MOVES at what like 80? “Mary Mother” (Sadam Wahidi, 2016) should be required viewing for everyone, i mean it. The lead actor, Zubaida Sahar, was FIERCE. This film takes you inside not only inside an Afghanistan village, but inside a family and a relationship. In my films I am also trying to disentangle people’s preconceived ideas (often negative) from the bodies of the real live people living in them. This script and story were educational for me. I would like to watch this again if i can somehow.

Saturday 6:30 16 Sept 2017
Resolution
I was a little tired/hungry by this point, so i didn’t see the whole program. I watched “Cherry Colour Buttonholes” (Brenda Miller, 2016). The film only had voices off screen and the visuals were only women’s hands sewing. I so appreciate textiles, sewing and other skills traditionally associated with women’s work. I’m glad to see them celebrated in film.

Sunday 12:00 17 Sept 2017
Anchor
(This is the program where “My Aunt Mame” was included)
The production values and straight-up star power in this program was very high. Well-known older women actors were in three of the eight films. My movie was different then the others, but it was the first time I saw it on the big screen and i thought it looked great. The audience laughed at all the right places, too! What a relief. Everyone was enchanted by “Oor Wally” (Martin Lennon, 2016) about an older woman who has been a soccer team mascot for years. The most important one for me was “MUM” (Meriem Adib, 2016). The film just plops you into a domestic scene with a child, but the mother-figure is a blow up (sex) doll. Right off the bat you start asking questions and feel a little weird and sad. In the three minutes of the film, you really understand that something is very wrong. Turns out this is about austerity cuts to programs that support sex workers. “MUM” is powerful film, AND Merriem Adib, who made it, was so nice to me at the Q & A! She said “When i go to festivals, I always find a gem or two. I really liked your movie.” YAAAAYYYY!!!!

Sunday 1:45 17 Sept 2017
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Another excellent animation! “Espressivo: A Love Song To Coffee” (Deb Ether, 2017) delighted me visually and also made me want to improve my stop-motion range. I was giggling the whole way through.
A good documentary film in this program was “Rebel Menopause” (Adele Tulli, 2014). The subject, Therese Clerc, is fascinating, and the project the film centered on the Baba Yagas in Paris, France, is brilliant. The production quality was high and it made everybody feel inspired.

Sunday 4:45 17 Sept 2017
Home
Holy cow another smart and well-produced animation!!?? “A Short History of Indians in Canada” ((Nancy Beiman, 2017) looked so very good! And the story of Canada’s history with indigenous people is one of genocide, as we know. So to turn that into a compelling animation is a creative puzzle like the ones I try to solve — how to use animation in the service of justice, while knowing the audience might have strongly held opinions on the topics. “The Hide” (Gaynor Macfarlane, 2017) also tackled a loaded subject – current policies on immigration. I like that she used little (if any?) dialogue. The editing was just right, and it tells a strong and good story. I hope this film gets seen in more places. “Days Of Awe” (Rehana Rose, 2012) is a technical triumph and tells an important family story. It was interesting to linger in a person’s living space while just hearing people close to the person (who is not in her apartment) talk to her over recording devices.

Sunday 6:35 17 Sept 2017
Beyond
I love Fay Presto! “Fay Presto” (Hanna Aqvilin, 2017) made a 17 minute doc about this groundbreaking magician that was smart and tackled sexism head on. I hadn’t heard about her but now hope to see her tour the US when the tour comes to the USA. OMG i just looked it up and it was LAST WEEK. I’m so disappointed. Dammit. Anyway. “Real Artists” (Cameo Wood, 2017) makes the audience think. It was terrifying and also (embarassingly) gratifying to see a movie about how movies are made. I got to feel smug like “ha ha I don’t care what hollywood or chinese audiences think!” but at the same time I know that this movie could be about any market or group of consumers that want to be fed entertainment.

The awards went to deserving films, and I won a bottle of wine in the raffle.
I am very glad that I went to this festival. I was going to go regardless of if my movie was shown, but considering how strong the program was, I am so glad and proud that my film was included. Well done and THANK YOU, Nuala, Hilary, Pricilla, Helen and Natalie

Dr. Patricia McManus