My Aunt Mame selected for 2018 AGLIFF

It is with great joy that I can share that My Aunt Mame was selected as one of eight dramatic shorts to be shown in Austin at 31st annual All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF), taking place September 6-9, 2018 in Austin, TX.

What was surprising to me is that it was chosen for the Dramatic Shorts program, not the animation or the comedy programs. This is big news.


“BODIES OF WATER” D: David Lykes Keenan, USA, 14 min
“MY AUNT MAME” D: Krissy Mahan, USA, 8 min
“POP ROX” D: Nate Trinrud, USA, 13 min
“PRE-DRINK” D: Marc-Antoine Lemire, Canada, 23 min
“THERE YOU ARE” D: Lisa Donato, USA, 16 min
“ZERO ONE” D: Nick Neon, UK, 24 min (world premiere)

New York Film & Video Club Members’ Shorts Screening

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7:30, reception starts at 6:30.
Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street (between CPW and Columbus)
Free and open to all

The evening is set for a fascinating cross-section of shorts by NYFVC members. Bring your friends and join us on Wednesday, June 27th for a special screening in collaboration with CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College!

Works will include brand-new films, little known gems, and long-lost favorites!

Nick Macdonald screens the rarely-seen Acts of Revolution from 1976. Tony Sherin plays his modern NY classic Solo, Piano. Lucy Kostelanetz shows Rebeka Goes Down the Slide (“A gem!”– Erik Barnouw). Diana Devlin screens part of a brand-new work-in-progress. Mark Woodcock screens an excerpt from Report from World 3, a film he shot in Algeria 40 years ago. Robert Withers shows his Nomad Walk through the late capitalist plateau of a New York advertising agency. Krissy Mahan screens her new festival favorite My Aunt Mame. Patricia Silva shows her new film A Feeling More Than a Picture. Crista Grauer presents Beryl Sokoloff’s recently-restored 1960’s experimental classic The Liberty Machine. Ashley Hiatt, Luke Momo, and Nevin Kelly-Fair show new student work from Brooklyn College and Fordham!

Before the screening, join us for a free reception! Bring your friends and enjoy a special summer evening with the NYFVC!

What: NYFVC Members’ Screening Night (Bring your friends, open to all!)

When: Wednesday, June 27, Reception in outdoor space starts at 6:30, Screening starts at 7:30.

Where: Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street (between CPW and Columbus, the old Makor space).

Queer/ing Film Festivals: History, Theory, Impact by Dr. Leanne Dawson and Skadi Loist

Queer/ing Film Festivals: History, Theory, Impact Leanne Dawson & Skadi Loist


This article traces the history of queer film festivals, from their beginnings to the present day, while offering socio-political and cultural reasons for a range of trends in festival name, location, and programming choices, before outlining the relatively late emergence of Film Festival Studies, including queer festival studies, within Film Studies and Queer Studies in the academy. It then uses the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) as a case study to demonstrate the increasing focus on diversity and inclusivity in queer film festivals, especially more grass roots ones, and the social impact of this.

Summer 2018

Recent Screenings

Splice Film Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania
June 8 -1 0, 2018
Erie Movie House, Erie, PA

Dyke Drama Film Festival, Perth Australia
May 25 – May 26, 2018
The Backlot Perth, West Perth, Western Australia

Philadelphia Film Society presents the May 2018 Philly Filmmaker Showcase
An exhibition supporting new work by talented up-and-coming local filmmakers of all ages, level, and backgrounds complete with a post-screening Q&As with the filmmakers and talent.
Celebrate our talented local filmmakers each month during the Philly Film Showcase. PFS turns the Prince Theater Black Box into a venue for up-and-coming filmmakers of all ages, level, and backgrounds. Each Showcase is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and talent to elicit feedback from the audience.

An Unashamed Claim to Visibility: Shorts At The Intersection of Queerness and Disability
With Special Performance by Ebony Rose Dark
Presented by Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, Wotever DIY Film Festival and the Queer Film Network.Tour to three cities all with accessible screenings;
Brighton, Glasgow, London 2018
The Cinema Museum, London, UK


An Unashamed Claim to Visibility:
short films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability

Presented by Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London, Wotever DIY Film Fest, and the Queer Film Network.
+ a post-screening discussion
+ performance by Ebony Rose Dark
Sunday 29 April at the Cinema Museum @ 17:30.

As queer communities strive to embrace intersectional politics, those with a disability or functional diversity are often left behind. Despite the higher prevalence of disability among LGBTIQA+ communities, disabled, D/deaf, visually impaired, learning disabled and/or chronically ill queers are often excluded from queer spaces and queer screens. More recently, a growing body of work is redressing this balance and bringing previously invisible stories to the forefront of the conversation.
This programme presents an exciting selection of performative work by and about functionally diverse filmmakers exploring the intersections of queerness and disability. From beautifully-rendered tales of forbidden love to how to get jiggy in (accessible) bathrooms, this collection of hilarious, agonising, erotic, tender and sexy shorts represents an unashamed claim to beauty, desire, autonomy and, above all, visibility.
A collaboration between Wotever DIY Film Festival, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, and the Queer Film Network

Films runtime: 81min

Just Me
Dir. Matthew Kennedy
| 2014 UK | 2’54
Fresh, frank and low-fi, Matthew Kennedy’s performance of selfhood tackles labelling and prejudice towards queerness, being femme, and having a learning disability.
Dir. Faye Carr-Wilson
| 2016 UK | 5’41
“I think of my drag as kind of a big Fuck You to everyone,” says the incandescent Venus Dimilo in this forthright documentary portrait about taking up the space you deserve.
Funny GIrl
Dir. Rosina Andreaou
| 2017 UK | 6’10
Exploring the on and offstage comedy of Rosie Jones, this documentary questions stereotypes about disability, sexuality, and being a Northerner.
What Lies Beneath
Dir. Sandra Alland, Ani Urbanowska
| 2018 UK| 5’35
In a visceral and wrenching address, poet Alison Smith performs her poem in BSL of medical and emotional trauma, of a desperate need to be recognised and to feel basic human compassion in a sterile environment.
Faggotgirl Gets Busy In The Bathroom
Dir. Krissy Mahan
| 2016 USA | 3’39
Mahan’s disability-rights campaigning, alter-ego butch dyke genderqueer superhero Faggot Girl relentlessly crusades for greater accessibility, arguing that access is a queer issue. In this episode they demonstrate why public bathrooms are a crucial frontier in the fight for equality, and how hot sex and accessibility principles share common ground.
Dir. Christine Bylund
| 2013 Sweden| 8’14
The bittersweet story of love between two girls in a Swedish residential home for young people with disabilities, this performed monologue is brimming with sensuality as it questions who is allowed to love.
Dir. Jan-Peter Horstmann
| 2017 Germany| 15’33
Ricco Müller was crowned Mr Gay Switzerland in 2009 and now finds a home under the bright lights of the adult film set as Rick Lous, coming into himself away from the limitations that society has tried to put on him as a gay, D/deaf person.
Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty
Dir. Patty Berne
| 2013 USA | 33’00
A provocative and unflinching documentary shining a light on Sins Invalid, a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of colour and queer and gender-variant artists. Featuring performances by Nomy Lamm, Cara Page, Maria Palacios, ET Russian, Antoine Hunter, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha , seeley quest, Mat Fraser and Rodney Bell.

PERFORMANCE: Ebony Rose Dark
Ebony Rose Dark is your all singing/lip syncing all dancing, Story Telling, V.I.P/Visually Impaired cabaret artist. A feisty Birmingham Lass who loves a party, with big red lips and snaking hips – she’s a diva and a half but with a heart of gold.
She is currently artist in residence at RVT’s Bar Wotever, and performs nationally and internationally in theatres, bars, pubs and community settings. Recent works include Dance solo at Wardrobe theatre Bristol at 2017 Pre Bristol Pride Party as well as Performing at Brighton Pride Party 2017 at the Marlborough pub theatre.
Photo of Ebony Rose Dark on a stage. She wears a flowy bright orange dress and strong glitter eyeshadow. Her arms are raised up in the air to form the letter Y in front of a silver curtain.

Important Information
Access Information
This film screening will have closed captions, audio description, and BSL interpretation for introduction/Q&A. Large Print programme notes will be available on the night.
The venue is wheelchair access via a lift from the ground floor (with accessible loo) to the first floor (the screening room). There are a few disabled parking spaces directly outside the main door of the venue. Service dogs welcome.
Advance booking recommended using Eventbright, but a limited number of tickets will be available on the door on the day (cash only).
The venue operates a small bar/cafe with basic snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine at very reasonable prices (cash only).

Contact Us:
Please contact us if you have any additional requirements at or on 07790612415

This film programme is part of a nationwide tour as part of the Queer Film Network.
QFN is a strategic Film Hub Wales project and receives support from the BFI Film Audience Network

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Skype Q & A at the Glasgow ZineFest

SQIFF Presents: Live in SQIFF Presents: Live DIY Queer Filmmaking In Conversation!

Saturday, April 14, 2018
7:00 PM 8:15 PM (2:00pm East Coast USA time)
Cinema, CCA GLasgow
350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, Scotland, G2 3JD United Kingdom

SQIFF’s Helen Wright presents a screening-performance looking at the work of DIY queer filmmakers Krissy Mahan and Nakshatra Bagwe whilst joined by the filmmakers via the interwebs for a live conversation. Krissy Mahan and her alter ego Faggotgirl – based in New York – have been making movies using humour as a feminist tool for 25 years.
Mahan’s movies centre the social failures around accessibility, gender identity, mental health, immigration, and working class post-industrial cities.

Nakshatra Bagwe is a gay rights activist and filmmaker from Mumbai who started making zero budget films focused on homosexuality and queer community awareness at the age of 22. Both artists will discuss the ideas behind filmmaking with a DIY ethos. With thanks to Wotever DIY Film Festival.

The discussion will be typed live and appear on the cinema screen alongside being read out loud. Films are mostly in the English language with English language subtitles or captions.

Ticket information:

Welcome 2018 and NYFFW

I am excited to say that My Aunt Mame and Faggotgirl In Winter have been selected to screen at the second annual New York Feminist Film Week, held at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. It is quite and honor.
Here is the info:
Saturday, March 10 @ 5:00 PM
Anthology Film Archives


Film Notes
Carrie Hawks, Damien Luxe, Krissy Mahan, Constanza Mirré, Joanna Rytel, and Patricia Silva in person.

This short film program examines how communities and individuals inhabit, resist, and transgress gendered power structures in private and public spaces with verve and creativity. Adopting an intersectional, non-binary approach, the program aims to give visibility to marginalized experiences and identities through a range of cinematic forms and aesthetics, including animation, abstract film, music video, documentary, and experimental narrative. The first part of the program explores themes of eldercare and dis/ability, black identity, labor and exploitation, femininity, the ambivalence of parenthood and bisexual visibility. The second part begins with a journey about gender non-conformity within the context of African heritage and spirituality, and then looks into the vulnerability and isolation of abuse, culminating in a documentary about three Muslim women and their stories of sexual assault, challenging the stigma that has long suppressed the voices of survivors.

Krissy Mahan MY AUNT MAME (2017, 9 min, digital)
Krissy Mahan FAGGOTGIRL IN WINTER (2015, 3.5 min, digital)
Carrie Hawks BLACK ENUF* (2016, 23 min, digital)
Damien Luxe WORKING GIRL BLUES (2009, 4 min, digital)
Signe Baumane WOMAN (2002, 10 min, digital)
Joanna Rytel STAY-UPS (2017, 11 min, digital)
Patricia Silva A FEELING MORE THAN A PICTURE (2018, 10 min, digital)

[short break]

Seyi Adebanjo OYA: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WEST AFRICA! (2015, 30 min, digital)
Constanza Mirré I (2017, 2 min, digital)
Nadya Ali BREAKING SILENCE (2017, 40 min, digital)

Total running time: ca. 150 min.

Winter 2017 update

Well, friends, 2017 was quite a year!

I made great progress in my filmmaking, my work got screened in many places, and I made new friends through it all.  Smashing success!

I don’t have any festival screenings coming up, so I am busily making new work, hopefully done in time for consideration for the fall festivals.  I hope that the generosity and support that was showered upon me this year will transform into the positive change I hope for the world. I feel so grateful.

l’m ready to keep disrupting the status quo, and with a super ’17 behind me, now more that ever I’ll fight with humor and love.  Watch me soar!

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest 2017

My parody of the recently-became-cult film “Carol” will be showing at the Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest from 14-19 November, 2017. I’m very excited because I like that little movie I made. I can’t really believe people got suckered into considering that Haynes thing as one of the best lesbian films ever. In your mind, replace Carol with a straight white man, (perhaps a rich and influential person in Hollywood whose name rhymes with Mine-stein) and you see that there is nothing funny about it at all.
After debuting at the Wotever DIY Film Festival, my “Carol” toured around with the Women Over 50 Film Festival last winter and this spring.
Here’s the trailer.
You should know that the audio for my trailer is the exact same audio in the theatrical release version. This parody wrote itself.

Black laurel leaves on a white background encircle the words Official Selection Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest

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