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.

Screenings November – December 2018

Toronto Queer Film Festival -Toronto
November 3, 2018  6pm  OCAD University  CAROL 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.”

Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom

SQIFF 2018

SQIFF “Bodies and Borders” Program

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.

Recent Screenings – Summer – Fall 2018

Hello! I’m happy to say that my movie MY AUNT MAME will be shown as part of the 2018 2nd Annual Trans Stellar Film Festival in Detroit, MI on September 28-29, 2018

Recent Screenings

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 Berlin

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).

Autumn 2018 Screenings

Hello! I’m happy to say that my movie MY AUNT MAME will be shown as part of the 2018 2nd Annual Trans Stellar Film Festival in Detroit, MI on September 28-29, 2018, held at Cinema Detroit.

AND my parody movie CAROL will be shown at the 2018 Toronto Queer Film Festival. I am so happy and proud! Thank you to everyone who has supported my films through the years.

Tales From The Margins – UK Television Interview

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:

Tales From The Margins

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

Abstract

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.

More Spring 2018 Showbiz

I am very proud of the places/kinds of screenings where my movies are being included in this spring. I want non-cinema people to see my movies. I make work about and for regular people, so we can see ourselves and our complicated funny lives on the silver (or small) screen. So look at this delicious list of where my work was/will be included: a feminist film fest, a zine fest, a community college in a poor rural area, a traveling festival of films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability, an event for people with connections to the early stages of dementia, a home-grown lesbian festival in Australia, a festival in a former steel mill town, and a festival in rural Oklahoma, known only for the state penitentiary there. In writing this list, I realize these festivals make a portrait of me and my priorities. I am so grateful.
Here they are:
New York Feminist Film Week 2018, March 2018
Glasgow Zine Fest, March 2018
Camden County Community College Queer Feminist Film Night, March 2018
An Unashamed Claim To Visibility: short films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability, April 2018
Women Over 50 at the Rainbow Cafe, May 2018
Philadelphia Film Society – Local Filmmaker Showcase, May 2018
Dyke Drama Film Fest, May 2018
Splice Film Festival, June 2018
Glitter! Film Festival, July 2018

Spring 2018 Screenings Galore

Philadelphia Film Society
Philadelphia Film Society presents Philly Film 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.
Tickets are FREE, though donations to Philly Film Showcase are welcome.

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.
Accessible screenings

April 23, 2018 Duke of York’s Cinema, Brighton, UK
April 26, 2018 Center For Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK
April 29, 2018 Hosted by Wotever Film Fest, Fringe! Queer Film Fest London, and the Queer Film Network.
Held at The Cinema Museum, London, UK

SQIFF Presents: Live DIY Queer Filmmaking Conversation! Part of The Glasgow Zine Fest 2018
Accessible screening
Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 7:00pm
CCA Cinema, Glasgow, UK

NYC Feminist Film Week: March 6-11, 2018 at Anthology Film Archives, NYC.
NYC FEMINIST FILM WEEK 2018: PROGRAM 8: POWER
Saturday March 10, 2018
With: Carrie Hawks, Damien Luxe, Krissy Mahan, Constanza Mirré, Joanna Rytel, and Patricia Silva in person.