Well, my new year started with a a limp literally and stay-at-home/curfew. I’m working on a new movie (rather re-working an old one) and have big plans for more. I just need the time and attention. LOL
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.
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 Ifeis 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.
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 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 Village22 East 12th StreetNY, NY
Toronto Queer Film Festival -Toronto
November 3, 2018 6pm OCAD UniversityCAROL screens in the OTHERLAND program. The films in this collection of shorts combine poetry with experimental and found footage filmmaking to highlight the ambivalent prospects of representing gender, sexuality, and identity in cinema today.
Fringe! Film Fest – London November 17th, 2018 21:00 GLOUCESTER CITY, MY TOWN plays in the London Fringe! Film Festival at the Hackney House, in a program of short films called “Rewrite the Ending.” Lesbians have long suffered terrible fates in the plots of film and TV that just can’t seem to let us have a happy ending. This programme of shorts challenges the common tropes to imagine what could have been, what we are fighting for now, and alternatives to the usual narrative. Rewrite The Ending
Scottish Queer International Film Festival December 7TH, 2018 12:00 ALL IN A DAY’S WORK WORLD PREMIERE in the SQIFF Shorts: Bodies and Borders program at CCA.
From the event notes: “The most urgent issues surrounding identity and oppression revolve around bodies and borders. In Being Okey, a gay Nigerian man is denied asylum in Switzerland and consequently caught between the constant fear of being sent home and hope of a life in safety. ABEO is an animation by Latinx artist Brenda M. Lopez Zepeda depicting the journey of two immigrants risking their lives to cross the Arizona desert. My Shoreline is an experimental film-poem about a disabled queer body in water, and My Own Wings documents intersex people from around the world. Working class queer bodies and class borders are forefronted in Krissy Mahan and Patricia Silva’s All in a Day’s Work and the implication of supposed sexual boundaries is explored in Patricia Silva’s bisexual ode, A Feeling More Than a Picture. Finally, legendary lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s new short, Evidentiary Bodies, is a plea for empathy and compassion generated through the viewing of other beings.”
Thrilled to share that my collaboration with Patricia Silva has been chosen for SQIFF 2018 in their Bodies and Borders program!
The most urgent issues surrounding identity and oppression revolve around bodies and borders. In Being Okey, a gay Nigerian man is denied asylum in Switzerland and consequently caught between the constant fear of being sent home and hope of a life in safety. ABEO is an animation by Latinx artist Brenda M. Lopez Zepeda depicting the journey of two immigrants risking their lives to cross the Arizona desert. My Shoreline is an experimental film-poem about a disabled queer body in water, and My Own Wings documents intersex people from around the world. Working class queer bodies and class borders are forefronted in Krissy Mahan’s All in a Day’s Work and the implication of supposed sexual boundaries is explored in Patricia Silva’s bisexual ode, A Feeling More Than a Picture. Finally, legendary lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s new short, Evidentiary Bodies, is a plea for empathy and compassion generated through the viewing of other beings.
My Aunt Mame was selected to the 31st annual All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF), taking place September 6-9, 2018 in Austin, TX, in the Dramatic Shorts program. Queer Access Film Festival
Aug 30 – Aug 31, 2018 Suedblock
Skalitzer Straße 6, 10999 Berlin, Deutschland
QAFF, the first Queer Access Film Festival, is an invitation to experience films with and from queer filmmakers with and without disabilities.
DAY 1 – on Thursday, August 30th, we’ll offer a range of short films and the audience-including Expert-Talk “The Democratization of Desire”.
DAY 2 – on Friday, August 31th, we’ll show three longer movies: “The Blue Wonder” by Uschi Bökesch und “No Day without Love” by Ines de Nil. The filmmakers will be present and available for a Q&A.. The festival closes with “Yes! We Fuck” von Antonio Canteno & Raul de la Morena. (My film “Faggotgirl Gets Busy In The Bathroom” was commissioned specifically as the short film to precede “Yes, We Fuck” when it was shown at Wotever DIY Film Fest 2016).
Tales From The Margins is a program hosted by Dr. Prof. Rainer Schulze (Prof (em) Mod Europ History @Uni_of_Essex. Holocaust in History&Memory. Trustee @WiseThoughts. Tales from the Margins @latestlgbtplus. Acad Advis Panel @LGBTHM) on TheLatestTV.
I was included in two broadcasts this July. The links to the trailers are below.
Broadcast on July 2, 2018 (rebroadcast July 6).
TALES FROM THE MARGINS: “Different Kinds of Bodies” – three short films about intersections of queerness and dis/ability:
9pm UK time, Latest TV, livestream at http://www.thelatest.co.uk/latest-tv/
#LGBTQ #film #disability #disABLED
Here is the trailer:
Broadcast on July 9, 2018 (rebroadcast July 13).
Here is the trailer:
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.