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MicroActs at The Chateau, Camberwell, London

MicroActs presents Invert Visions
Thursday 21st November 2019
The Chateau, London
Invert Visions, a cinematic space that celebrates the Queer gaze in Artist Film, sharing
our lives & stories, our voices & expression. From playful documentary to punk collage
and phantasmagorical animation, this collection of short films showcases the breadth
of styles & experiences in contemporary Queer moving image. Reappropriating the
late 19th/early 20th century term ‘Invert’ (used to refer to a homosexual person*), this
screening proudly explores the ‘inverted’ world; the internal landscape of emotion &
intimacy, and public experience of Otherness, erasure, and finally, community.
MicroActs presents 22 LGBTQ+ shorts from around the world, filled with joy & pathos.

Woodbury Queer International Film Festival

Woodbury Community Pride will host the Second Annual Woodbury Queer International Film Festival on Friday night, November 8, 2019.  The films were co-curated by Patricia Silva and me, and received funding by a grant from the New Jersey Council For The Humanities. I feel immense pride to be able to co-present a trans-affirming feminist, accessible queer film night — in a part of the my state that has almost no queer programming whatsoever.  The event is a grass-roots evening, with the goal of creating a space to meet other South Jersey queer people and friends.  It is hosted in the former department store at Polski’s Corner in Woodbury, NJ, which now hosts TikiTiki.  Please join me and let’s meet each other!

Mismatched chairs face a screen in an store

Festival Mental in Lisbon, Portugal

My Crazy Boxers makes it’s continental Europe debut in Lisbon, Portugal on November 11, 2019 at the Cinema City Alvalade as part of the Festival da Saude Mental   Festival of Mental Health, Cinema and Arts. The films included explore themes on the vast world of mental health to be an integral part of the 2019 Mental Festival edition taking place during November this year.
This year’s themes will be mainly about Burnout, Dependencies (FoMO), Dementia and promotion of mental health for children (MENTAL Júnior).

O MENTAL – Festival da Saúde Mental, Cinema, Artes e Informação
convida os artistas a submeter as suas obras sobre a temática da Saúde Mental, para ser parte integrante da selecção oficial da edição Festival Mental 2019, a acontecer durante Novembro deste ano.
Este ano o MENTAL abordará os temas Burnout, Dependências (FoMO), Demências e promoção da saúde mental para criança (no MENTAL Júnior), na suas M-Talks.

O MENTAL – Festival da Saúde Mental tem como objectivo primordial falar claro e claramente sobre saúde mental. A plataforma escolhida é a cultura no seu sentido mais lato e as artes em particular, veículos extraordinários para o combate ao estigma, vergonha e falta de informação pública e geral.

November 2019 Fringe! London Queer Film Fest

This autumn Team Dykeumentary has been going gangbusters!  It really is a team, after coming back last week from SQIFF i am more proud than ever of the real and strong community around accessible queer film that we’ve created.

Coming up this November is Fringe! London Queer Film Fest
This fabulous festival happens 12-17 November 2019 in East London. I am humbled that both one of my films from the vault, The Genesis of Butch and Femme, and my brand new one, My Crazy Boxers, will both be shown.  Here’s the info:

Fri Nov 15, 17:30
Film, Q+A,  Hatch, Free
Shorts program: Hide and Seek  (My Crazy Boxers)
A programme of experimental shorts that push the boundaries of cinematic storytelling in a game of hide and seek that crosses dimensions, finds connection through movement, excavates the past, and gets right into your pants in the search for identity, love and existence.
For a laugh, here’s what the program says: “Suicidal – or just a working class butch dyke caught in the wrong underpants? Pixellated fragments slowly materialise in this video based on actual meetings with hospital staff while in a psychiatric hospital system, creating a powerful and distressing elegy from the incessant gendering of underwear.”

Sat Nov 16, 13:30
Film, Rose Lipman Building, Free
Shorts program: A Hole New World With You  (The Genesis of Butch and Femme)
Queer people have always imagined a world different from our own where we can live and love freely. The oft quoted Jose Munoz’ ‘Cruising…’ says, ‘Queerness is not here yet’, and in these trying times, LGBTIQA+ folk lovingly remind one another that imagining a positive future, a brave new world, is necessary for survival. So is laughter; so are experiments. It’s necessary to feed and care for our minds and souls, especially precious in a climate of inhumanity in mainstream culture and society. These films employ joy to seek out new ways of being, forge new and celebratory spaces to inhabit, and throw away the rule book, forcing us to dream big. Here is home.

 

 

Autumn 2019 Screenings – Detroit, Belfast, Glasgow

I’m humbled and honored that my work has been included in the following festivals this fall. I wish I could attend them all.

Transstellar Film Festival  – World Premiere
28 September 2019, 9:15 PM  Cinema Detroit, Detroit, MI, USA
Experimental Shorts
Intrinsic Moral Evil, Dir: Harm Weistra
My Crazy Boxers, Dir: krissy mahan
Another Woman’s Scent, Dirs: Angie West, Jackie Nunns
Stella Erratica, Dir: Ben Barton
Reality Fragment 160921, Dir: Jasmine Lin, April Lin
Broken Doll, Dir: Gaspar Aguirre, Román Sovrano

Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival
6 October 2019,  4PM- 6 pm AN CULTÚRLANN, Belfast, Northern Counties of the Republic of Ireland

Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich is an Irish language, arts and cultural centre located at the heart of West Belfast on the Falls Road.
Program 3:
NATION YOUR NATION Director: Frederick Kelly Duration: 7mn
Duration: 7mn
A woman undertakes the ‘Life in the UK Test’. Through her eyes, ‘Nation Your Nation’ questions the means by which nation states determine people’s identities and futures.
ACAIACA Director: Wagner Cinelli Duration: 7mn
Acaiaca is based on a legend about a sacred cedar that was chopped down by the Portuguese, which caused the destruction of the nearby Puri Indian tribe in just one night. The Legend of Acaiaca was portrayed in the novel Acayaca 1729, by 19th Century Brazilian writer Joaquim Felicio dos Santos. The song was recorded in April/2017 by Urca Bossa Jazz, and it is one of the last works of percussionist Laudir de Oliveira
MAMA MAMA Director: EDUARDO VIEITEZ Duration: 9mnA
Syrian refugee girl trying to stay alive and make her way out finding a new home in a massive exodus under the Syrian civil war.
COLD FISH Director: David Hay Duration: 11mn
An old man wants to commit suicide but a young boy stops him. Notbecause he wants to save him butbecause he wants him to do the deed.
CRESCENT Director: Edward Heredia Duration: 7mn Moving into their new home, CelinaSmith struggles to cope with her daily life. As her concept of time becomes elusive, she begins to fear for hersanity. Her husband, Patrick Smith, tries to support her through prescribed medication but Celina continues to manically believe that itis the clocks in the house that are controlling her. After struggling to find proof, she manages to create a sundial in the garden and discovers herhusband’s controlling ways.
I AM/YALINI DREAM Director: YaliniDream and Krissy Mahan, 2019, 2 min, USA. Open captioned version available.
YaliniDream — Lankan Tamil Blood, Manchester-Born, Texas-Bred and Brooklyn-Brewed, performs a poem of refugee/migrant love for self and the world, through dance and a hiphop beat. Directors:
I AM SORRY Director: Kamil Olejnik Duration: 3mn To complete the path that leads to his redemption, a condemned man writes a letter of forgiveness. By offering this letter to his children, he fulfills his most cherished desire to break the cycle of violence that destroys his family from generation to generation.
THEY/THEM Director: Bo Beaufill Duration: 19mn Ash has always been very good with their words, however recently theyhaven’t been able to express themself. They realise that not everything is in blue and pink as they struggle to findtheir gender identity in a world resistant to change.
INFERNO Director: Cristiano Gazzarrini Duration: 4mn
In una cucina di un appartamento qualunque, un uomo è intento a tagliare un pezzo di carne. In camera da letto una donna giace sul letto. I suoni e i rumori di una violenta aggressione di un uomo ai danni di una donna echeggiano nell’ambiente.
A PAIN OF THE COLOUR HOMELAND Director: Nasim Ostovar Duration: 7mnRezvan with 30 years of age has to sew at home to earn money for her husband Hamid and their son Arman. Hamid just yells, breaks and beats Rezvan and Arman. what should Rezvan do? they say Hamid is crazy?
I SOGNI SOSPESI Director: Manuela Tempesta Duration: 12mn Marlène is a beautiful and restless French artist who expresses her creative talent by painting, with her naked body, a white canvas hanging in a cottage. The girl has fled her home country with her sister Sophie, who tries to stay close to her and supports her day after day. Their past is marked by a terrible secret, an event happened a long time before which deeply marked them, forcing them to flee to Italy.
HOME Director: Benjamin Harris Duration: 19mn
When a lonely young girl meets a local farmhand claiming to be held captive, can she help him or will his secret keep them both prisoner?

Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Glasgow, UK
3 October 2019, 3:00 pm4:10 pm, Center for Contemporary Arts
I Am/YaliniDream  (2m) Dir: YaliniDream, Krissy Mahan, Country: USA, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Screening with:
tenderfluid
(3m) Dir: Liberty Antonia Sadler, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Ponyboi (19m). Dir: River Gallo, Sade Clacken Joseph, Country: USA, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
The Wind on your Skin (18m). Dir: Naomi Beukes, Country: Namibia, Year: 2018, Language/s: English
Eyes (5m). Dir: Lily Ash Sakula, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
BLACKN3SS (22m). Dir: Diego Paulino, Country: Brazil, Year: 2018, Language/s: Portuguese
My Spine is a Beautiful Sea Monster (2m). Dir: Theresa Heath-Ellul, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English

4 October 2019, 12.30 pm – 2:30 pm, CCA Theatre
My Crazy Boxers
See Me Proud presents: Mental Health Shorts

We know that mental health issues disproportionately affect LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities, who often experience difficulties in accessing support. To create space for discussion and representation of these topics, we’ve curated a collection of insightful and powerful shorts in partnership with See Me Proud. Topics covered include depression, anxiety, loneliness, irrational thoughts, living with bipolar disorder, medication, and queerphobia encountered whilst obtaining treatment. The films incorporate a diversity of identities and styles, including animation, experimental, documentary, and sci-fi.Followed by a discussion on themes raised in the films with See Me Proud.With refreshments sponsored by Clever Kombucha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queer Jersey Filmmakers in Trenton

Friday, August 16, 2019 at 7 PM
PopUp Anthology and Artworks Trenton
My Aunt Mame
PopUp Anthology is back for a night of local film on August 16th!
Filmmakers include K. Kypers, Krissy Mahan, the Cremer Brothers, Hadi Gass, Jamie DiNicola, and more.
We’ll be screening a program of films followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Free admission + reception to follow. Stay tuned for details!

“I Dream/YaliniDream’ at QueerAsia 2019 in London

YaliniDream written in TamilJuly 13, 2019 – British Museum , London
YaliniDream and my collaborative film “I Am/YaliniDream” will be shown at QueerAsia, in a program curated by CINEMQ called ‘Dreams + Nightscapes’ at the British Museum.
‘Dreams + Nightscapes’ We find each other in dreams. In cinemas and streets, in half-forgotten spaces, eyes bright and shadow-boxed as cheeks run black with rain. Queer visions in the dark. CINEMQ presents a selection of short films from across Asia exploring dream, desire, and nightscapes.

The fourth QueerAsia annual activities will take place this year from 17 June to22 July, featuring our Film Festival running from 17 June-22 July, our Art Exhibition running from 13-17 July, and the first ever Summer Programme from 15-18 July. All events are free to attend including open events at The Summer Programme in the evenings of 15, 17, and 18 July at University of Westminster, King’s College London, and SOAS University of London respectively.

Queer Asia is a network and platform for collaboration and research on LGBTQI+ issues in Asia. The aim of our annual activities are to bring together activists, artists, academics and film-makers from various parts of Asia on a common platform and interrogate latest developments on LGBTQI+ rights and culture in the region.

Our third annual Film Festival this year is held in collaboration with CINEMQ. Our screenings will be held on 17 June and from 11-22 July at the British Museum, SOAS University of London, King’s College London, and the University of Warwick. Selected films this year span 24 countries, including Lebanon, Malaysia, South Korea, Iran, Taiwan, Philippines, Russian Federation, India, China, Brunei, Japan, and Azerbaijan. The schedule is available online.

Our second annual Art Exhibition titled ‘The Liminal’ will be held at SOAS University of London and the British Museum on 15-17 July with community events and artists’ and artivism talks and the main exhibition held from 15-17 July at SOAS University of London. Further details about the exhibition and a line-up of our artists can be found online.

The films:

The Tyger [Tropical Malady edit]
Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Thailand
A short video essay on man and nature.

They Won’t Let A Dream Come True
Dir. Shumaila Kanwal
PakistThe world outside / Always wants some reason / For something new / For a dream to come true.

Aren’t We Here For Each Other
Dir. Gilb Baldoza
Philippines
Romance endures violence as a couple celebrates their anniversary against the backdrop of Duterte’s war on drugs.

Things I Would Say To My Mom If Only I Were Brave Enough
Dir. James Allen Fajardo
Philippines
Filmmaker James Allen Fajardo recalls his childhood before his mother left him to work abroad, and all the things he wished he could have told her about his burgeoning sexuality.

Queer
Dir. Romi Kim
S. Korea
Whispers of queerness in a young woman’s coming out story, an intimate narrative that holds her first kiss, first love and feelings of exclusions. She navigates and explores both the negativity around the word ‘queer,’ and her struggle to identify within it.

I Dream / Yalani Dream
Dir. YaliniDream & Krissy Mahan
USA
Artist YaliniDream – Lankan Tamil Blood, Manchester-Born, Texas-Bred and Brooklyn-Brewed – performs a poem of refugee/migrant love for the self and the world, through dance and a hiphop beat.

Tofu
Dir. Sui-hin Mak
Hong Kong
An experimental montage.

The Mute
Dir. Pham Thien An
Vietnam
The night before her wedding, a woman seeks out her ex-girlfriend for the last time.

Do It Again
Dir. Hsin Hsuan Yeh
Taiwan
Not knowing who I am and what should I do, floating in the air, I am a bear in the mortal world. I always wander in the dead-end road, swinging back and forth between disgust and joy. When will I face my own desires without hating myself?

Care For You
Dir. OHYUNG
USA
Romance blossoms when two souls cross paths in a late-night diner. A tender and surreal meditation on expressions of love.

Make Up Your Own Mind
Dir. Miguel Badiola Borje
Hong Kong
How do we determine the value of others, who has the right to decide a person’s worth? Two dancers move through a desolate building in this short film dedicated to the Filipinos of Hong Kong.

Chromosome Sweetheart
Dir. Honami Yano
Japan
Running into your ex can trigger a flood of bittersweet memories, but the world brims with with new and complex ways to love.

Two Snakes
Dir. Kristin Li
Canada
An experimental animation and documentary about diasporic desires for foundational myths. Seeking a home in reclaiming ones’ ancestry and seeking a self in reappropriated narratives. What is found is an identity, one that is fragmented, but open.

Amateur Dramatics
Dir. Linnea Ritland
Canada
Two actors competing for the same role find truth in a moment of pretending.

Summer 2019

I’ve been reading adrienne maree brown’s PLEASURE ACTIVISM and I’m hooked.  Here’s a quote from the introduction:  What is Pleasure Activism? Pleasure is a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment. Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental reform or stasis with the desire to make improvements in society.  Pleasure activism is the work we do to reclaim our whole, happy, and satisfiable selves from the impacts, delusions, and limitations of oppression and/or supremacy.

And here is what I did for pleasure this weekend! I played in the queer soccer league’s 30th anniversary tournament. I scored two goals!  I have always hoped that my movies could be about serious topics, but presented in a lighthearted and accessible way.  In these murderous times, I often feel like I am doing my cultural work wrong because I use joy/humor. Brown’s book restored some confidence that had been slipping since my days of close contact  with Dr. Joni Omi Jones and Sharon Bridgforth, my mentors and teachers at The Austin Project.

The Golden Girls soccer team for the tournament.
Fear The Golden Girls!

 

 

Drew Adair, founder of Falcons Soccer
Drew Adair, founder of the Philadelphia Falcons

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Adair began the Philadelphia Falcons Soccer League as a way for gay men to play competitive recreational soccer, and to reclaim the joy of their bodies during the height of the AIDS crisis.  He kept it going uninterrupted for years through sheer force of will.  I have so much respect for him. Thank you, Drew.

 

And now to showbiz news….

MY AUNT MAME will be shown this week:  May 30th at the Bechdel Film Festival in Akron, Ohio is showing My Aunt Mame.  I am proud to be in a Bechdel festival, and the movie certainly passes the test of centering women’s interactions. I am happy that it is showing right before pride month, as it is about unsung/unknown queer ancestors.  Philadelphia’s pride march chose Ed Rendell as a grand marshall.  The courageous actions by Black trans/queer/GNC people at Stonewall in 1969 deserve respect.  I’m sickened yet not surprised that Philadelphia’s District Attorney while the MOVE house was bombed, who went on as governor to double the number of prisoners/prisons will be honored. Some people just don’t understand that the state and the modern-day enslavement system (prisons) are the biggest predators of trans/GNC/queer/Black/POC/poor people and women. Argh!

Also, I have been re-editing the short I made about 10 (yikes) years ago about a hospitalization in mental health facility, and how gender non-conformity can be pathologized.

After the Bechdel Film Festival, here’s what’s up:

June 6, 2019
MY AUNT MAME is screening at the at Curzon Soho, in the QueerBee Identity programme  at 6.30pm.

June 20, 2019
MY AUNT MAME will be shown at 7:30pm at the Splice Film Festival being held at the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn.  This film is included in the “Comedy, Animation, Documentary” program.

June 22, 2019
I Am/YaliniDream  will be shown at the Splice Film Festival at the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn. This collaborative film will screen in the “Video Art & Erotica” program at 7:30pm.

Lately I’ve directed my attention to supporting Ayanna Ife get her Afro-futurist film project off the ground.  She’s working on the screenplay, but has the whole story ready to go in her head.  Because she is blind (and Black and queer), writing the screenplay is even more of a challenge than it is for sighted people.  She needs a piece of equipment that will help her write and edit.  You can support her work via her Patreon:  Ayanna Ife is creating poetry, music, essays, and audio/video content.

And here is a video of her talking about the project and encouraging people to support it.

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May – June 2019

What a great spring and summer 2019 is shaping up to be.  I am humbled and proud that the cultural work my friends and I are producing is getting seen by wider audiences.  Please support film festivals, they are a great place to build community and have your batteries recharged for the social justice work we continue to do.

May 11, 2019
FOUR BILLION REASONS will be shown at 16:45 at the Woodhouse Community Centre at the Leeds Queer Film Festival!
This festival initially had to be rescheduled, but the queers of Leeds are back to finish what they started. Relaunch Event!  “We’re really touched by all the love and support so can’t wait to spend four days in a cozy queer utopia at Woodhouse Community Centre.”

May 13, 2019
MY AUNT MAME will screen at 7:00pm as part of Floyd Marshall Jr.’s The Film Collective.‘s last local film night at the South Street Cinema in Philadelphia.

May 15, 2019
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK  4:00pm Thrilled to announce that the collaborative film by Patricia Silva and me will be shown in the Workers Unite Film Festival.  Our movie is screening with THE WASHING SOCIETY and DIVISION AVE at the Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street NY, NY

May 30, 2019
MY AUNT MAME was selected for the Bechdel Fest in Akron, Ohio.  This film screens in Shorts Program #4, at the Akron Art Museum.

June 6, 2019
MY AUNT MAME is screening at the at Curzon Soho, in the QueerBee Identity programme  at 6.30pm.

June 20, 2019
MY AUNT MAME will be shown at 7:30pm at the Splice Film Festival being held at the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn.  This film is included in the “Comedy, Animation, Documentary” program.

June 22, 2019
I Am/YaliniDream  will be shown at the Splice Film Festival at the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn. This collaborative film will screen in the “Video Art & Erotica” program at 7:30pm.

Workers Unite Film Festival May 15, 2019 4:00pm

https://www.workersunitefilmfestival.org/festival-calendar-2019/2019/5/14/program-13-the-washing-society-free-early-show

Program 16: ‘The Washing Society’, ‘Division Ave’, ‘All In A Day’s Work’ LGBTQ – Free Early Show

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    Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States

The Washing Society
An experimental narrative that brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. When you drop off a bag of dirty laundry, who’s doing the washing and folding? “The Washing Society” brings us into New York City laundromats and the experiences of the people who work there. Collaborating together for the first time, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker observe the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. With a title inspired by the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses, “The Washing Society” investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry. (2018, 44 min)

Division Ave – The fight for justice of a Latina cleaning lady in Hasidic Brooklyn.
A few days before Passover, Fernanda, a young Mexican woman, is hired by a Brooklyn cleaning agency to work in the local Jewish Hasidic community. Despite a prolonged wait for her payment, Fernanda continues to faithfully show up for work each day at Nechama’s house. An unexpected connection between the two leads to a fight for justice against the cleaning agency at fault, bridging the gaps between their very different worlds.

All In A Day’s Work
Through a series of comedic vignettes, All in a Day’s Work shows the daily life of certain queer women, and how projection and prejudice makes people feel threatened by two queer bodies near each other. Two queer working class friends make a living in New York City by working in the lower rungs of America’s premier online retailer. After a long day at the office and the warehouse, they attend an after-work party, run an errand, end-up at a speed-dating event, and top off the day at their favorite bar. (2018, 10 min, Animated)

You can watch the trailer for All In A Day’s Work here.