November – December 2021 screnings

Wow! i just watched this program and it is Excellent! (but please vote for my film anyway)

THIRD EDITION

Also November 2021:
Gilbert Baker Film Festival 24 November – 12 December 2021

2021 Gilbert Baker Film Festival offers specially curated LGBTQ+ content including mixed short film programs, feature-length film screenings, moderated live watch parties, Q&As and plenty of opportunities for audience engagement.

Each week of live programming will accommodate for different global regions/time zones to extend the reach and accessibility of this festival as per the vision of the festival to connect people and reach marginalized, isolated, rural LGBTQIIA+, Sapphic, Achillean, or Diamoric communities worldwide. 

From Burnt Video Art and Experimental Film Festival 3.4 “Crown Branches” program:
Rites and othering

To be on the wrong side of the lens. On the margins of a memory, a story, a social construct. To explore through intimate and symbolic portraits, one’s foundational story, sexuality, trauma and healing.

Six short films are part of the latest program for Burnt Fest’s third edition. Films that revolve around parental relationships, transgenerational fears, identity and impulses and try to make sense, through gestures of peeling, of smoothing, of confrontation of characters, their journey of different realizations.

Remembering only the photographs in their materiality while stripping them from their surroundings, the photographs become more vivid than the lived memories.

“To find the day of 21st” by Kieko Ikehata, explores the memory taken over by images, by photographs that erase what isn’t in them and limit one’s past to bits and pieces of what remains seen. It examines how recorded images can become more vivid than our original memory, an impure historical evidence.

The time when a photograph is taken, a photograph is seen and then the time when it’s looked at again.

How much can one rely on the photographs? And how does one make sure a day is remembered when it does not have a signifier? Ikehata’s film is a mixture of archives and landscapes but also the narrator’s memories and those of their mother. A blend of past and present where mother/daughter realities, memories and their physical existence in a space in different times, intertwine.

The overlap in Masha Vlasova’s “Her Type”, is that between the filmmaker and their father. By the manipulation of a photograph through a masculinizing application, Masha now resembles her dad. The space between the mother’s gaze and the photograph on the phone becomes that of a romantic recollection, a longing for a deceased lover. A space where intimate desires surface and tension between the subject and the camera is palpable.

Where the object of desire is digitally fabricated in “Her type”, the object of fear is genetically transmitted in Nat Portnoy’s “42 Dni/ 42 Days”. Portoy’s film is that of confrontation of the self, not only with the disease but also with her surroundings. It is a body on the margins trying to accept its fate and desires, wondering if they are one’s own. How can one feel at home in the world when they feel failed by their body and lineage and through their visual diary, try to regain control?

Such is also the case of “Letter to my mother” by Amina Maher. A work of art consisted of many layers being stripped and shaved and peeled, where the protagonist tries to regain control over their narrative and trauma.

Amina Maher’s relationship with her mother had already been captured on film by Abbas Kiarostami in Ten. In one of the scenes, Amina as a child expresses that “we must grow up before we belong to ourselves”. When sexual abuse is denounced in “Letter to my mother”, those words hold the grown ups accountable of their failure to protect as well as their denial in order to preserve the spectacle of normalcy.

In “1975 of my mother and me” by Jun-Yuan Hong, this spectacle of marital bliss under patriarchal domination is questioned by the filmmaker who tries to merge memories and fictional narrative in order to make sense of, or question and critique a past. The film unfolds as vignettes of a woman’s life, through which we feel the impotence and inability to change one’s fate as if driven by external forces in addition to traditions and customs .

A fate manipulated by some external hand, such as in #DaughterFail by Krissy Mahan in which the small characters are gliding through the screen on a piece of paper navigating a preconceived path that situates them in a bigger narrative.

November 2021
c.partamian

Queer Films for Palestine – support the cultural boycott

As you know, I am a white settler on Lenapehoking. Also, I deplore that the profit of my labor goes to the aparthied state of Isreal’s illegal occupation of Palestine.  I support the cultural boycott of Isreal, and support movements to divest from Israel and to impose sanctions against Israel.

I am humbled and thrilled to announce that a group of excellent people put together this event in a very short period of time.   Join us on November 19th, 2021, 7:00pm,  at the Rotunda in West Philly for a night of films and a panel discussion about pinkwashing.

Tickets here

Queer Cinema for Palestine – Philly

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.

Israel is occupying and colonising Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the BDS call urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law.

BDS is now a vibrant global movement made up of unions, academic associations, churches and grassroots movements across the world. Since its launch in 2005, BDS is having a major impact and is effectively challenging international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism.

Update on autumn and screenings through the end of the year.

Hello! It’s been a minute since I’ve updated this, and there is so much to say!

We won an award!  YaliniDream’s “I Am/YaliniDream” won an Honorable Mention for International Short Film at the Toronto Tamil International Film Festival.

Here is a photo me, out to brunch with my entourage after the QFlix Philly local film showcase.

“My Aunt Mame” was included in a “Best of Bechdel” film showcase at the She Burns Bright Festival in Akron, Ohio and also was shown at a Queers In Shorts event in Cambridge, UK.  I am so proud of that little movie.  I think it successfully shows the reality of queer/eldercare – being alone as an elder queer/being the child who does the eldercare/ worry from parents that queer children will have hard lives.

Upcoming screenings!

10 November 2021 showing at Everyman Leeds, Albion Street  “Have You Ever Thought Why,” my 2021 meditation on how my gender is perceived differently as i age, was selected to be shown at the prestigious Leeds International Film Festival. It was an honor to be selected and a firm reminder that I do need to be more organized, because i almost didn’t get it together in time.

20 November 2021 #DaughterFail will be shown in Berlin! WIPE Amateur Film Festival, to be held at FLUTGRABEN e. V., am Flutgraben 3, Berlin, Germany.

November 15-29, 2021  “Have You Ever Thought Why” is included in the Burnt Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, based in Montreal, Canada. https://burntfest.com/3-4/https://burntfest.com/3-4/

“My Aunt Mame” and “My Crazy Boxers” will be showing in the Gilbert Baker Film Festival happening online here from November 24th – Sunday December 12th, 2021.  I’m very pleased that my movies were included, and i hope the festival is a huge success. Please buy tickets and watch!

 

 

So fun, right!

What an autumn!

FilmPride, available online August 16 – 31, 2021, will be the World Premiere of my new movie Have You Ever Thought Why.  It is included in the SELF program.

Prism 34 / AGLIFF :  has selected Carol for the “Avant Garde” program, which will be available online from August. 26 – Sept. 6, 2021. The Avant Garde film program description reads;  “Is it a film? Is it an art piece? Is that a penis? You never know what you find in this assortment of inventive filmmaking not bound by narrative.”

Les Mains Gauches happens the 9th to the 12th of Septembre 2021 in Marseille, France. They have selected My Crazy Boxers.

The Toronto International Tamil Film Festival will show I Dream / YaliniDream at their event happening September 11-12, 2021 in Toronto.

Women Over 50 Film Festival will show #DaughterFail in their online festival happening 25-26 September, 2021.

Burnt Art Video and Experimental Film Fest will include #DaughterFail in their festival in Autumn, 2021.

My Crazy Boxers recently:

26 May 2021:  Les Mains Gauches, Marseille, France. Festival preview screening  at Mémoire des Sexualités, LGBTQ archive in Marseille, France, and will be shown again at the full festival from the 9th to the 12th of September.

19 – 23 April 2021 online: Social Power and Mental Health: Evolving Research Through Lived Experience — A Conference, Cambridge University, UK

April 2021 online: 
Wicked Queer Boston’s LGBTQ Film Festival, Reel Queer Lives program

November 19-30, 2020 qFLIX XL, the Philadelphia LGBT Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA.
November 19, 2020 Toronto Queer Film Festival Animation Screening, Toronto, Canada.
December 2nd to the 12th, 2020 Festival de films féministes de Montréal / Montreal Feminist Film Festival, Montreal, Canada.

Festival Des Cinemas Differents et Experimentaux De Paris included in Program #8 around the theme “Dialect/Cacolect, atypical uses of speech in experimental cinema” which well be held at the Forum des Images on Tuesday 13 October 2020, Paris, France.

Recently Carol (still making the rounds!)
April 2021 OnlineWicked Queer Boston’s LGBTQ Film Festival, Comedy Shorts program

Please visit my youtube channel to watch all my stuff for free.

Screenings and programs – August/September


It’s with happiness and humility that I can share that these festivals have selected my films:

FilmPride, available online August 16 – 31, 2021, will be the World Premiere of my new movie Have You Ever Thought Why.  It is included in the SELF program.

Prism 34 / AGLIFF :  has selected Carol for the “Avant Garde” program, which will be available online from August. 26 – Sept. 6, 2021. The Avant Garde film program description reads;  “Is it a film? Is it an art piece? Is that a penis? You never know what you find in this assortment of inventive filmmaking not bound by narrative.”

Les Mains Gauches happens the 9th to the 12th of Septembre 2021 in Marseille, France. They have selected My Crazy Boxers.

The Toronto International Tamil Film Festival will show I Dream / YaliniDream at their event happening September 11-12, 2021 in Toronto.

Women Over 50 Film Festival will show #DaughterFail in their online festival happening 25-26 September, 2021.

Burnt Art Video and Experimental Film Fest will include #DaughterFail in their festival in Autumn, 2021.

 

 

FilmPride – Brighton, UK

My new movie “Have You Ever Thought Why” will be making it’s world premiere at the Brighton & Hove Pride’s official LGBTQ+ film festival, FilmPride now in our third year.

2nd – 31st August 2021– online & on TV:  use this link to sign up  to view the programs.

I’m screening with:

IS IT ME: Dir: Christopher McGill – 9:45, UK
Les Gorges (Canyons): Dir: Elsa Thomas – 18:54, France
Never Tell Anyone About This: Dir: Kate Sedlyarova – 38:20, Russian Federation
MOTTA: Dir: Nish Gera – 15:30, UK
Eve: Dir: Joe Solomon – 13:04, UK
BEAT 97: Dir: Washington Calegari – 11:51, Brazil
PARTNER – Big Gay Hands: Dir: Lesley Marshall – 3:22, Canada
The Act: Dir: Thomas Hescott – 17:58, US
Modern Queer Heroes: Dir: Kate Jessop – 5:00, UK
Pure: Dir: Natalie Jasmine Harris – 12:20, US
Trans Happiness is Real: Dir: Quinton Baker – 8:05, UK
Venus: Dir: Faye Carr-Wilson – 5:40, UK
Build Black Futures: Dir: OnRaé LaTeal Watkins – 1:20, US
From A to Q: Dir: Emmalie El Fadli – 18:52, UK
Récit de Soit (Oneself Story): Dir: Géraldine Charpentier – 4:53, Belgium
Factory Talk: Dir: Lucie Rachel, Chrissie Hyde – 4:31, UK
Teddy: Dir: Milda Baginskaite – 12:30, UK
Flamenco Queer: Dir: Ana González, Frederick Bernas – 22:46, Spain
Photographing Bisexuality: Dir: Meryem Ait Aghnia – 5:07, Morocco
Lonesome – a Malaysian LGBTQ+ Voicemail Documentary: Dir: Justice Khor – 17:00, Malaysia
Would you Realise that I’m a Survivor?: Dir: Carlos Ledesma – 2:46, Argentina
Masisi Wouj: Dirs: Zé Kielwagen, M. Serafim, S. Simeon – 22:00, Haiti
Roadkill: Dir: Aliza Brugger – 15:00, US
Sebastienne: Dir: José Alberto Andrés Lacasta – 13:29, Spain
No Historical Precedent: Dir: Mae Hoffman – 9:31, US
Lessons: Dir: Sam Seccombe – 15:14, UK
#TMI (webseries): Dir: Ashlei Shyne – 23:23, US
Spinach and Eggs: Dir: Lee Campbell – 5:38, UK
Have You Ever Thought Why?: Dir: Krissy Mahan – 1:59, US

aGLIFF / Prism Film Festival

Isn’t it hilarious that my parody of Carol will be screening at the prestigious aGLIFF / Prism Film Festival this year?!  Did you know that Austin is where it all started — I entered the My Gay Movie competition in 2004 and won the prize for the weirdest movie.  And it’s only gotten weirder since then.  Here’s the lineup:

A BRONX STORY BELL SOTO
Carol Krissy Mahan
COVID SUMMER Todd Verow
Fluid Bound Rob Fatal
Hajun Blooms Ji Yoon Kim
ISHTAR Mia Georgis
Lilies Joni Renee Whitworth
Pote de baise (Fuck Buddy) Daniel Sterlin-Altman
Sanctity of Love, The Alí Meyer
Show For Ghosts James Medley, Em Haverty

Summer 2021

Great news!  My Crazy Boxers continue their worldwide tour, this time in Marsailles, France, at Les Mains Gauches Feminist Queer Film Festival

From Les Mains Gauches website:  Nous avons voulu, en plus du festival annuel que nous organisons à Marseille, offrir un nouvel espace de diffusion de films queer-féministes. Nous souhaitons accompagner en priorité des films auto-produits ou aux économies précaires qui ne sont pas toujours privilégiés dans les réseaux de diffusion traditionnels. Cette plateforme est un pari. Elle vivra grâce à vous, cinéastes et allié.e.s.

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