A working class, gender non-conforming woman in the 1960s leaves a legacy for her butch dyke grand niece. This is a humanizing narrative made 100% by a queer older woman, that highlights intersectional identities that complicate discourses of sex, gender, and class.
My Aunt Mame, 9 min, USA, 2017
“My Aunt Mame” is a film in which time is woven between past and present. Aunt Mame exists solely in flashbacks as a forgotten relative, ostracized from her family for being queer. Each visit marks a holiday and a different girlfriend to introduce to the family. The film’s playfulness in its composition juxtaposes its seriousness in content, mirroring my experience of caring for my mother as I was creating this work.
This short is about generations of working class women getting older, particularly aging lesbians, one is my Aunt Mame, and one is myself.
The intersectional issues raised in this animated short have been the defining features of my life; eldercare, aging, rising health costs with shrinking insurance coverage, the AIDS years, working class women’s lives.
The movie’s subtitles are built into it, because of my commitment to accessibility. I hope this short film makes people laugh, and also affords an opportunity to think about aging, and care for elderly queer people.
2018 Woodbury International Queer Film Festival, Tiki Tiki, Woodbury, NJ, USA
2018 TransStellar Film Festival, Cinema Detroit, Detroit, MI USA
2018 All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF), South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, TX, USA
2018 London Pride: Queer Women Over 50, London, UK
2018 New York Film and Video Club, NYC, USA
2018 An Unashamed Claim To Visibility: Shorts At The Intersection Of Queerness And Disability, London, UK
2018 Dyke Drama Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso, Perth, Australia
2018 Philadelphia Film Society Philly Filmmaker Showcase, Prince Theater, Philadelphia, USA
2018 New York Feminist Film Week, Anthology Film Archives, NYC, USA
2018 AltFF Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario (Finalist)
2017 Women Over 50 Film Festival, The Sallis Benney Theatre at the University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
2017 Leeds Queer Film Festival, Live Art Bistro, Leeds, UK
2017 Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK
2017 11th For Rainbow Festival of Sexual Diversity, Culture and Film, Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil
2017 Queer Bee Film Festival, various London venues, UK
2017 Gender Reel, various cities, USA
“The shared joys and struggles of two butches through the generations in one family. Director Krissy Mahan is a working class daughter, artist, and professional handyman determined to create a world that is more fun for everyone. Mahan taught herself how to make movies in the early 1990s and hasn’t stopped amusing herself since. Over the past twenty years Mahan has developed a body of work exposing the absurdity of man-made barriers to human movement, happiness, and social access.”
Curve Magazine review, August 2017
“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.”
GUM – Glasgow University Student Magazine review, October 2017