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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.

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New York Feminist Film Week

This week I’ve had the pleasure and honor of being included in the New York Feminist Film Week, a festival with a lineup of incredible films and filmmakers. The event is at Anthology Film Archives in NYC.
I am part of:
Program 2: BODIES (International Women’s Day Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 6:30.
Joey Carducci (formerly known as Gina Carducci), Nona Faustine, Sasha Just, krissy Mahan, Patricia Silva and Mila Zou

Program 6: Feminist Film Genealogies Roundtable Saturday Match 11, 2017 at 5pm
With Signe Baumane, Joey Carducci (formerly known as Gina Carducci),
Nona Faustine, Barbara Hammet (yes, really), Sascha Just, krissy Mahan, Constanta Mirré, Joanna Rytel, Patricia Silva, and Mila Zou.
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Hammer Time!

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Here’s something for a good laugh… Some scholar wrote a fancy academic text about how I proffer (?) hope by being the archetype of a hot butch dyke!

And when I’m not embodying a sexual ideal, I’m saving kids’ lives by giving peculiar pep talks like on page 91 of this scholarly article.

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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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Every time i get hate mail, I remember how richly I’ve been blessed with joy and acceptance.

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WDIYFF

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SQIFF selection

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Poster for NYFFW
New York Feminist Film Week 2017 From 5 to 7 link
New York Feminist Film Week 2017 Anthology Film Archives link

Wotever DIY Film Fest unleashed a mighty force when they encouraged me to keep making Faggotgirl movies. I am humbled and thrilled to be part of the inaugural NY Feminist Film Week, and all the programs look amazing. My movie “…Until Justice Rolls” will be shown as part of the BODIES program on March 8, 2017 at 6:30 at Anthology Film Archives in the East Village in NYC. I will also be part of the Feminist Genealogies Roundtable discussion on Saturday, March 11 at 5:00pm.

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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!

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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.

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