Mémoire des Sexualités au Cinéma – Marseille France

OMG OMG I’m in a program with Barbara friggin Hammer in Marseille, France! Thank you to everyone, this is a triumph for us all.

Mémoire des Sexualités is partnering with Videodrome 2 for a week of cinema, to bring our queer archives to life. Facebook event here.

Intimate and political stories, Sexual and militant connections between different eras, places and generations, Archive films that open windows onto past desires and struggles, Diaries, video cassettes forgotten in cupboards, But also fiction films, to tell the stories we miss.

This festival is also a pretext to meet, and invent new imaginations for our future archives, which, as you know, are moving to Boulevard de la Libération. All sessions are free of charge, the profits will be donated to Mémoire des sexualités for the development work of the new premises.

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⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ TUESDAY DECEMBER 5 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ • 6.30 p.m. ✧

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗲 𝗱𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝙋𝙡𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 by Agustina Comedi | 2018 | Argentina | 13 mins

𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 by TT Takemoto | 2021 | USA | 6 mins

𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙗𝙪𝙩𝙘𝙝 𝙙𝙮𝙠𝙚 𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙨 (𝙖 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙦 𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨) by Krissy Mahan | 2012 | USA | 2 min

𝘿𝙮𝙠𝙚 𝙏𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙨 by Barbara Hammer | 1974 | USA | 4 mins

𝙇𝙚𝙨 𝙟𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨 𝙙’𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙣𝙚 by Mario Fanfani | 2013 | France | 20 mins • 9:00 p.m. ✧ 𝙎

𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙄 𝙄𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙚 by Metin Akdemir | 2020 | Türkiye | 46 mins Metin Akdemir combines archival footage, interviews, and re-enactments. Working on three films from the Turkish movement of the 80s “Women Films”, he explores the queer imagination that he posed on these portraits of women’s relationships, not being explicitly presented as queer but leaving for him the possibility of ‘dream about it. Session followed by a video discussion with the director

⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ • 6:30 p.m. ✧

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙂𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝘽𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙍𝙤𝙗𝙗𝙚𝙧: 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝘽𝙪𝙩𝙘𝙝 𝙇𝙚𝙨𝙗𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙤𝙢 𝙁𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙖 𝙗𝙤 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣 by Julie Perini | 2017 | USA | 47 mins The vibrant portrait of Rita Bo Brown, a white butch from the working class also nicknamed the Gentleman Bank Robber, in reference to the elegance with which she carried out the bank robberies in which she took part in the 1970s as a member of the George Jackson Brigade, dedicated to the anti-racist and anti-carceral fight. • 9:00 p.m. ✧

𝘼𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙚𝙣 𝙕𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙚́𝙨 by Lionel Soukaz and Stéphane Gérard | 2023 | France | 43 mins Daily spleen, drunkenness between friends, conversations and the passing of time: the video diary composed by Lionel Soukaz chronicles the beginning of the 1990s, the comet tail of these never-ending winter years and the nightmare of the AIDS years. But edited thirty years later with Stéphane Gérard, they also serve as a tribute to the deceased, the beloved spouse who is at the center of all the scenes filmed, Hervé Couergou. In the presence of Lionel Soukaz and Stéphane Gérard

⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ THURSDAY DECEMBER 7 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ • 7:00 p.m. ✧

𝗖𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲 𝗯𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘂𝘅 𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝗰𝗵𝗲 𝘀 Left Hands, a queer and feminist festival with slippery labels, invites itself for a short film session. This is the opportunity to discover or rediscover the selection work proposed by its team which signed its fourth edition last September. • 9:00 p.m. ✧

𝙋𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 by Randa Mirza and Oras Elone | 30-45 mins The memory archives of sexualities come to life on the big screen, live, with Randa Mirza’s camera, on the sound layers of Oras Eleon. ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ FRIDAY DECEMBER 8 • 7:00 p.m. ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ • 7:00 p.m. ✧

𝙇𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙤̂𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙙𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙙 by Lazarus Lazarus and Lupa | 2023 | France | 35 mins The crazy story of a hard gay club open in Marseille since 1967, the Mineshaft, with the presentation of a montage from old bdsm porn VHS. From cassettes shot by hand in Marseille, to USA productions, this film tells the story of a genealogy of S&M images. In the presence of the bar managers, Marc and Angelo, and some regulars 🔈 Session containing explicit sexual scenes • 9:00 p.m. ✧

𝙋𝙖𝙨 𝙙𝙚 𝙫𝙤𝙡 𝙙𝙞𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚/𝙉𝙚𝙬- 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 by Peter Friedman | 1998 | France, USA | 40 mins No direct flight… mixes a poetic portrait of this exotic city – seen by a foreigner – with interviews with gay and lesbian Marseillais. We meet a former dockworker who became a gay activist, a lesbian mother and her lesbian daughter, a young man kicked out of his parents’ house for his homosexuality, a mother who is writing a book about her son who died of AIDS and different groups of women . In the presence of director Peter Friedman and Michèle Belladonna, one of the protagonists of the film

⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ Saturday December 9 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ • 7:00 p.m. ✧

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙣 𝙒𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣 by Cheryl Dunye | 1996 | USA | 1h30 Videographer Cheryl Dunye begins research around lesbian and racialized people who would have been active in the cinema industry in the USA before her. • 8:30 p.m.

★★★ 𝗦𝗼𝗶𝗿𝗲́𝗲 𝗱𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗲𝗻 𝗮̀ 𝗹𝗮 𝗗𝗮𝗿! ★★★

⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ SUNDAY DECEMBER 10 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ •8:00 p.m. 

𝗟𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝗼𝗲𝘂𝗿𝘀 𝗱𝗲 𝗹𝗮 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗲́𝘁𝘂𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 45 mins At Memory of Sexualities, a shelf is occupied by a few neutral cardboard sleeves. These archives of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence contain hundreds of photos of parties, demonstrations and gatherings. These archives come to life thanks to the voices of sisters Marie Sulpice and Izadora, in a series of podcast interviews which we offer you to listen to, accompanied by the projection of part of the photographic archives which bear witness to the thirty years of presence of the Sisters of the Perpetual Indulgence in Marseille. Invited to this evening are the Couvent des Chênaies, the local order of Sisters, and Vanessa Hiblot for an exhibition of a series of photographs taken with the nuns dedicated to Saint Latex.

⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ 🔗 More information on our site: https://wp.me/p7zfFm-28PY ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

𝗜𝗡𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗣𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗤𝗨𝗘𝗦 ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ 🎟 Recommended free price €5 (+ annual membership €6) 🕐 The ticket office opens 30 minutes before the start of each session. 📍 Videodrome 2 49 Cours Julien – 13006 Marseille Metro: line 2 – Notre Dame du Mont station Bus: line 74 – Stop 3 Frères Barthélemy

Cycle cinéma Mémoire des sexualités au cinéma – Videodrome 2

Baltic Circle Theatre Festival, Helsinki, Finland

Baltic Circle Theatre Festival is an international festival for contemporary theatre and performance organised annually in November in Helsinki. Next edition is the 20th and it takes place in Helsinki from 17 to 25 November 2023.

Remi Vesala:  showroom: worldly portals

this room is filled with tension between life and becoming
(they are rewriting a ghost story)

showroom is a metamorphic event concept, where different ways of watching and listening together are experimented with. The edition titled worldly portals is an evening consisting of a curated screening of moving-image works, short films and a live music performance by Niña Sombra.

List of short films shown during the evening

marlow magdalene: Velvet Rain (2019)
duration: approx. 7 min
language: English

The undead are watching you, Suzan. Run, Suzie, run. This conceptual zombie collage centers the eminent violence Black folk experience amidst white surveillance.

krissy mahan: When a Butch Dyke Dies (2014)
duration: 2 min 11 s
language: English

What happens to butch dykes when their health fails and/or they die? There are some things that need to be considered in advance (cocks, exes, underwear…). I made this as a way to make light of a near-death illness.

krissy mahan: My Crazy Boxers (2013)
duration: 8 min
language: English

Institutional violence is sometimes hard to name because it has been normalized as neutral. But people experiencing it know that living “between checkboxes” can be a life or death matter. The film re-enacts a conversation based on actual meetings with hospital staff while in a psychiatric hospital system.

The film contains instances of queer- and transphobic attitudes of the medical industry, invalidation from the medical community and refers to an suicide attempt. These may be distressing or triggering for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS: We Come With Nothing (2023)
duration: 30 min
language: English
subtitles: English

We Come With Nothing is a film reimagining the 2021 stagework of the same name. Inspired by ‘constellation novels’ and ghost stories, it conjures a shadow world of broken connections. What happens when a relationship ends in estrangement? What do we discover when we stare into this black hole?


Niña Sombra floods the spaces every time their machines start generating sounds taking every breath below the soil, blindfolded stepping forward the secret passages.

Remi Vesala is a freelance curator living in Helsinki. Vesala takes situations and places as starting points for curatorial work, aiming to make space for complexity, theory and emotions. Vesala shares an artistic practice together with visual artist Jade Kallio. Together they make experimental short films focusing on queer eco-fiction.

marlow magdalene is a filmmaker whose work explores the transgressive space of Black memory, social death, intercellular trauma, and the underbelly of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. His work showcases a gothic, low-fi lens into a cinematic universe composed through dance, harrowing portraits of Black depression, and lyrical camera movement.

krissy mahan is a self-taught filmmaker who centers marginalized people, such as people with disabilities, working class and queer people.

ONCE WE WERE ISLANDS is a Queer art collective. Chris Gylee and Aslan have been living and making artwork together for more than a decade. Their practice is multidisciplinary with a strong emphasis on writing, film and live performance and involves elements of publication, installation, and curation. www.oncewewereislands.com

In collaboration with Mad House Helsinki.

Baltic Circle

Summer/Autumn 2023

Hello!  It’s been a while since I updated this site, and the world has descended into lower layers of nightmare than ever.  My little movies have been out there doing their work in the world, it’s what I am using to voice my dissent and hope.

In July I traveled to the UK to attend FilmPride in Brighton. We marched in the Brighton Pride Parade through a storm, but all ended well in Preston Park.  Deborah Espect and team created a theater where the films were screened that was impressively cozy retro and made for a great viewing experience for everyone (open captions – yay!) The weekend before I was part of a screening and q/a at The Ledward Center where I ran into my friend and idol Kate Jessop.  Beers and film talk ensued!

While in Glasgow I watched Kokomo City at the Glasgow Film Theater.  What an important and powerful film!   In early August my short film Drew Adair was included in Philadelphia’s  The Film Collective Festival.  This short film is the start of a project that I hope will become a longer documentary film.

Most recently, “Rural Butch Femme Rap” was shown at the Appalachian Queer Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Short Film, which deservedly was won by the hilarious “29 Hot Dogs” starring the hunky Brandon English.  It was really important to me to get my work seen by people who don’t have easy access to queer in-person special events. I was humbled to see that the festival had security around the building and offered to escort attendees to their cars if they wished.

Coming up in November will be my northern-most screening ever; at the Baltic Circle Theater Festival. This event happens in Helsinki, Finland on 17th of November 2023.  The curator Remi Vesala has selected my movies “When A Butch Dyke Dies” and “My Crazy Boxers.”

As I create my movies, this is what I’m thinking about

Anti-racist, feminist justice requires creating socially shared affective receptivity, not merely ideological nor cognitive openness.

The fantasy of “economic self-reliance” is predicated on privileging white, properties interests and restricting public resources for their own use

Ethical witnessing seeks to make justice irresistible and white supremacy intolerable.

Racism is perpetually insecure and anxious, despite economic,  racial, national and gender dominance.

Depoliticization of racial struggles meant protest against exclusion and exploitation were reformatted as acts of crime against the nation.

Neoliberalism would have us individualize problems rather than make fundamental changes.

Justice is not a static thing we achieve once and for all. It is something that has to be persistently struggled for on the basis of shared principles as conditions change.

But we are comforted and motivated by the fact that at the very least, we try to abide by our principles. We do this imperfectly and always incompletely. When we try not to engage in the labor of hatred, denial, disavowal, guilt, and projection, when we reveal lies repeated by white heteropatriarchal supremacy, when we do not reject the fact that we are all complicit in systems of denigration and destruction in some way, when we do not shy away from our social and political responsibility to end oppression – that is when the process of struggling for justice begins to offer an unchartered sense of liberation, an unlegislated experience of freedom, and a mutually interdependent place to belong.

Thinking from my dear sister/friend, Dr. Paula Ioanide


Mickey or Minnie on LatestTV in Brighton

Indie FilmOnTV – Pride Month Special from Latest TV on Vimeo.

My short movie about being accosted by Minnie Mouse at the entrance to the women’s bathroom has graciously been included in a program of short films curated by Deborah Espect of Brighton, UK. You can watch the short and an interview online:

Available to watch on Latest TV in the Brighton area on Freeview 7 and Virgin Media 159, and to livestream anywhere in the world at thelatest.co.uk

Wednesday 7th June 2023– 9.50pm  (that’s 4:50 pm EST)
Wednesday 21st June 2023– 9pm  (4:00 pm EST)

For I am Dead by Patricia Delso Lucas
In late 1800s Europe, Oscar, a wealthy but lonely middle-aged man who has lived an extravagant life in a chateau, confesses love to his gardener Jude before he dies of his excesses.

Mickey or Minnie by Krissy Mahan
A gender non-conforming person walks towards a restroom and only Minnie Mouse can “protect” the children. Based on the director’s real-life experience, this short film reenacts how a huge Disney character kept them from using the public restroom of their choice.

Let’s Celebrate DIY Movies at the Cinema Museum!

Hello Friends! Please join me at London’s Cinema Museum on 2 March 2023 for an amazing reunion of filmmakers and festival organizers. Look how far we’ve come! Since the first Wotever DIY Film Festival (my first one was 2013) so many brilliant festivals began, many of them connected somehow to the Wotever DIY Film Festival. My fondest wish is that we can all have some time together, and no one will have to be running a festival, we will all just be hanging out.

Here are the details:

2 March 2023  18:00 – 2200  (plenty of time to socialize!)
Cinema Museum The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH

Photos with Kyla Harris, Tara Brown, Theresa Heath, Charlie Little and Helen Wright at BFI Southwark at the “Busting The Bias Opening Night: Is There Anybody Out There? An Illustrated Talk + ECLECTIC: Shorts Programme, an evening celebrating disability visibility and filmmaking. 3 March 2023. A group photo with 4 people, indoors at an event smiling a the camera, from left to right: Theresa Heath, Tara Brown, Charlie Little and Helen Wright.

Les Mains Gauches Film Festival in Marseille

From Les Mains Gauches Film Festival‘s website:
Videodrome 2 🎥: 49 Cours Julien, 13006 Marseille

My Crazy Boxers is included in a festival preview screening  on the 26th of May at Mémoire des Sexualités, a LGBTQ archive place in Marseille, France, and will shown again at the full festival from the 9th to the 12th of September.

About the festival:
“Les Mains Gauches is a four-days festival of short films and artistic researches about our stories of struggles and identities, exploring our representations and their limits, echoing our joys, our fears, our friendships.

Les Mains Gauches is a gathering to watch movies, to party and to meet.

Labels and categories might be complicated to apprehend and to identify with, but Les Mains Gauches remains a queer, feminist festival.

About us
We are six left hands related by feminism, our queer identities and cinema. Day after day, we try to make films, to program them, to share them. Regarding a dominant homogeneous cinema, we are looking for films that accept their weaknesses, that step aside, that sometimes hesitate in order to understand us better, that are afraid of silence but help us experiencing it.

We are supported by a team of cinema lovers, allies and friends who always help and challenge us to share meaningful programs with the public.”

Another screening, and GenderReel this holiday season

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!

Buy my art, support gender-expression justice

Small Works for Big Change
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Jack Studios, 601 W 26th St, New York, NY, i will have one of my photo prints for sale.
Please support the work of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, they work to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.

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