24th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 · 8:30pm
The Personal is Revolutionary
$12 ·  
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We live in exciting times. Every day, we observe more of the old ways pass and new ways come into being. This collection of short films captures change in progress, some dealing with the personal impact of vast power imbalances and some dealing with the possibilities for revolution. Is Money Money, La Entrevista and Vamos a Quemar come to us from queer collectives of politicized artists and scholars, or artistic political activists, as the case may be. These small groups are taking up critical issues at a critical time, and refusing to simplify the intersectionality of identities and experiences of oppression and revolution. Individual artists are also bringing us highly personal work dealing with issues of our wealth, our relationships, our bodies, our work and even DADT on television.
Is Money Money
B.J. Dini
2010, USA, video, color, sound, 9 min.

Inspired by The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and the classic essay on inflation and fiat currency by Gertrude Stein, this film features some of the Bay Area's most POSSESSED performance artists making "art" with a Picasso Blue Period "print," an "original" African mask, loads of "fake" money and a REAL live wheelbarrow and fog machine with a chant that is sure to get the Occupy Wall Street folks IN THE ZONE. Their symbols only have power over us if we let them. INVERT THE PYRAMID. We have magic too.

How to Stop a Revolution
Kenji Tokawa
2011, Canada, video, color, sound, 11 min.

A relationship breaks down under the strain of different oppressions that keep us silent even in our most intimate spaces.  Oppression works divide-and-conquer style through struggles with race and class.

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La Entrevista (The Interview)
Xamuel Bañales
2010, USA, video, color, sound, Spanish with English subtitles, 10 min.

Inspired by the grand Spanish artist, operatic mezzo-soprano, and politician diva Manuela Trasobares. This satirical performance piece simulates an interview, highlighting race, gender, sexuality, class, and nationality as they relate to identity, social justice, and decolonization, Queer Xicano style. Produced by representatives of Young Queers United for Empowerment at UC Berkeley.

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Don't Ask Don't Tell Gay Gay Gay
Dayna McLeod
2011, Canada, video, color, sound, 2 min.

Danya McLeod watches TV so we don't have to. Like the short description summaries that often accompany TV programs through an on-screen cable guide, Don't Ask Don't Tell Gay Gay Gay is a jump-cut/short-cut edit of Season 4, Episode 4 of Boston Legal. All excess material has been removed to effectively capture the tone of national discourse around DADT.

The Culture War Is A Diversion From Economic Policy Insuring Plutocracy
Charles Lum
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 5 min.

A local NYC-Queer experimental documentary using art world critique to demonstrate the effective ambiguity of street protest and the continuing dynamism of "gay" in political strategies steeped in greed.

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Uncovering Color
Marcelitte Failla
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 10 min.

Through the poetry of a queer, mixed race woman, Uncovering Color looks at how skin color relates to racial identity. It interweaves interviews of Black women of different backgrounds to explore how perceptions of color impact childhood, beauty and family.

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Butch Tits
Jen Crothers
2010, Canada, video, color, sound, 4 min.

Butch women discuss the sometimes complicated relationship they have with their breasts. And they show us their tits.

Vamos a Quemar (Let's Burn)
El Paramo Colectivo
2010, Spain, video, color, sound, English/Spanish w/English subtitles, 27 min.

In Barcelona, a crossroad of events: a performance where a woman penetrates another woman with her fist while holding a camera. A screen projects and reproduces everything in large dimensions. A book launch becomes a ceremony to celebrate the death of the phallus, ending in a fisting by a bonfire. Everything can be inscribed in the same collective search to challenge the representation of the body in order to create alternatives to gender and sex stereotypes. The Paramo Collective was born in Barcelona in 2010 during one of many afternoons of teamwork. The group united not around a concrete idea, but rather under the same visual needs: the search for out-of-scene images and the exploration of subjects, objects and contexts that do not fit within pre-established limits. PARAMO is currently focusing on the struggle led by the recently-formed Spanish Transfeminist Movement.

The Projectionist
Jerry Tartaglia
2011, USA, Super8mm, 16mm, video, live performance, color, sound, 30 min.

The Projectionist uses Queer Film Action and multiple projections to explore the varieties of ways that projected images can help shape an understanding of our presence. From Aristophanes' hymn to "Double Love" in Plato's Symposium, to the implication of the audience in the viral political fears that plague America, Inc., The Projectionist attempts to unnerve, annoy and prod its viewers to the point of power in the present and turn away from the screens.

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