My Aunt Mame at Scottish Queer International Film Festival 2017, Glasgow, UK.
Read the review from 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.”
Carol at Fringe! Film Fest 2017, London, UK
Read the interview here.
“This Carol parody is a simple yet spectacular class analysis of the desire in Todd Haynes’ already iconic Carol, using DIY techniques and Fisher Price toys to recreate the modern queer classic.”
My Aunt Mame at Women Over 50 Film Festival 2017, Brighton, UK Mentioned in a Curve Magazine review.
“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.”
My Aunt Mame was included in the Defiant Dykes program at SQIFF 2017. Here is a video review from
LGBTQ Review, published on October 11, 2017 on YouTube.
My Aunt Mame at SQIFF 2017, this article about telling working class stories was published by SQIFF.
“My Aunt Mame is a funny/sad dramatization of a woman’s childhood visits to her working-class butch great aunt, and what happened when she came out to her mom, told through Fisher-Price people in homemade sets. Director Krissy Mahan talks about her working class background and how this has affected how she tells working class stories.”
Faggotgirl Gets Busy In The Bathroom at Waterer DIY Film Festival 2016, London, UK Promotional material for the feature film screening of Yes We Fuck.
“We’ve been showing Krissy Mahan’s work since 2012 when Faggot Girl, Mahan’s disability-rights campaigning, alter-ego superhero, first burst on to our screens. Since then, Faggot Girl has crusaded relentlessly for greater accessibility for all body types, arguing that access is a queer issue. We’re delighted to commission Faggot Girl Gets Busy in the Bathroom for this year’s festival, in which our fearless hero/ine demonstrates why public bathrooms are a crucial frontier in the fight for equality (and can also be great spots to hook up in, too).”
My Aunt Mame screened at the Planet 9 Film Festival and here is what DeathCat’s reviewer wrote: “A family drama told through stop motion toys. A story touching on healthcare politics & culture. This was beautiful. Everyone should have free healthcare. People for the people.”
Written work included in books:
Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia and the Austin Project, ed. Omi Osun Joni L Jones, Lisa L. Moore, and Sharon Bridgforth (University of Texas Press, 2010, pp.106-109).
That Takes Ovaries: Bold Females And Their Brazen Acts, ed. Rivka Solomon (Three Rivers Press, 2002, pp.152-153).
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, an Creating A Life Worth Living, ed. Dan Savage and Terry Miller (Dutton, 2011, pp. 71-73).
Published writing about my It Gets Better video
My contribution to the It Gets Better book is reviewed here in “On Children’s Literature and the (Im)Possibility of It Gets Better” by Derritt Mason
“This possibility is the work of critical cultural dissonance, accomplished by Breedlove’s and Mahan’s stories –which provide us with narratives about creative social relations that challenge hegemonic notions of age, family, community, and sociality – and political from the likes of Wyong’o and Puar. “(p. 95)
On Children’s Literature and the (Im)Possibility of It Gets Better
Derritt Mason, ESC: English Studies in Canada, Volume 38, Issue 3-4, September/December 2012, pp. 83-104 (Article)
Sara Hurley’s 2014 University of Minnesota dissertation for which I was interviewed about my contribution to the It Gets Better Project. Pages 111-115.
Public Pedagogy and the Experience of the Video Creators in the It Gets Better Project. Sara Jean Hurley, Thomas Swiss, Advisor. December 2014
A review of my “It Gets Better” video for Queering The Countryside.
“While acknowledging that rural life does have its own set of issues, Mahan focuses instead on the positive aspects of country life, especially ones beneficial to people who regard themselves as independent individualists.”
Queering The Countryside: New Frontiers In Rural Queer Studies edited by Mary L. Gray, Colin R. Johnson, Brian J. Gilley, Pages 174-178.