MIX 2002





1pm - Maya Deren Theater

Special Presentation: "Out/Lines: Underground Gay Graphics Before Stonewall" by Tom Waugh     free admission!
Gay male representation of sexuality has a long history of varied visibility and acceptance, but the 100 or so years of queer life before Stonewall were a period of unprecedented self-identification as well as renewed pressure to hide and suppress the erotic imagery of gay men in western culture. Queer film scholar Tom Waugh's new book Out/Lines, a sequel to his landmark study Hard To Imagine, features a resurrection of erotic gay images, once virtually buried and invisible, that circulated in clandestine communities whose sexualized visibility was a potentially devastating risk--a wealth of approximately 200 previously unpublished "obscene" images from the queer pre-Stonewall underground.

Thomas Waugh teaches film studies at Montréal's Concordia University, where he is also coordinator of the program in interdisciplinary studies in sexuality and a community lecture series on HIV/AIDS. A critic, public lecturer and festival programmer, he is also the author of Hard to Imagine: Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film from their Beginnings to Stonewall and The Fruit Machine: Twenty Years of Writings on Queer Cinema.
Community co-presenter: Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation

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Filmmaker in Focus: Lana Lin     [buy tickets]
Experimental veteran Lana Lin takes center stage in this program featuring her two most recent works:

Co-presented by Asian CineVision

No Power To Push Up the Sky
(2001, USA, video, 23 min.)
Taking its title from a literal translation of the slogan 23-year old student leader Chai Ling wrote on her clothes during the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, No Power To Push Up the Sky has fifteen people spontaneously translate excerpts of an interview with her conducted in Beijing on May 28, 1989, from the original Chinese into spoken English. This performative translation allows viewers to witness the active struggle to articulate meaning and destabilizes the assumption that a fixed account of the events ever existed. By positioning translation as an interpretive act which produced from multiple vantage points, the video calls attention to the subjective motivations underlying any understanding of history and demonstrates the complex process of locating meaning across language, culture and politics.

--screened with:
Mysterial Power
(2002, Taiwan/USA, video, 53 min.)
Mysterial Power is both a personal and ethnographic pursuit of knowledge through my interactions with and interpretation of family, spirituality and everyday life in Taiwan. More of an absent center than the video's actual center, my adolescent cousin, who has communicated with one of the deities of Taiwanese mythology since she was five years old, was the inspiration for the project. The figure of the modern spiritual medium acts as a translator between different categories of experience. As one who mediates between the strange and the familiar, she offers a shifting vantage point from which we can view cultural constructions of knowledge, belief and reality.
Constructed nonlinearly, the video presents simultaneous narratives through upper and lower picture boxes. The upper box follow ritualistic activities in "real time" that the viewer can understand through their cumulative progression. The images in the lower box, although independent of the upper box, can be read in parallel association. We witness ardent worship in the context of casual recording of commonplace exchanges. The video poses questions like those put to the gods themselves: how do we negotiate our place in the world; what contributes to our sense of self; what makes us human, and how is that humanity culturally defined?

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3pm - Maya Deren Theater

Memos in Light: Films by Matthias Müller     [buy tickets]
German filmmaker Matthias Müller is renowned for his unique mastery at evoking visceral emotion through dense abstraction and dream-like collisions of found footage and original processed film. Wringing dazzling sensual effects from formal manipulation, Müller's films probe the liminal realms of desire and nostalgia, death and destiny, immersing the viewer in cascades of erotic and explosive moments. This mid-career survey of films from Müller's varied and still-evolving oeuvre pays tribute to one of the most acclaimed queer film artists at work today. Guest-curated by Matt Wolf

Aus der Ferne (The Memo Book)
(1989, Germany, 16mm, 28 min.)
An elegy for a deceased friend transforms into sensuous explorations of the male body. The filmmaker, haunted and enchanted by his own mortality and innocence, utilizes lyrical abstraction with complex manipulations to evoke extreme subjectivity.

Sleepy Haven
(1993, Germany, 16mm, 15 min.)
A daydream fantasy occurs in the isolated blueness of an expansive ocean with the successive sways of a lonely sea-ship. Erotic sleepy sailors motivate a visual and aural meditation on restraint and release.

Pensão Globo
(1997, Germany, 16mm, 15 min.)
A man faces his approaching death. He takes a journey, his last perhaps, and ends up at the Pensão Globo in Lisbon, where he sets out on aimless excursions through the city. The film depicts a life in a state of transition. "Sometimes it's like I'm already gone, become a ghost of myself." --M. Müller

Sternenschauer (Scattering Stars)
(1994, Germany, 16mm, b&w, sound, 2 min.)
Against a pitch-black night-time sky, splendid fireworks explode. From a different darkness, gleaming male body parts light up. Meticulous editing and solarisation make the fireworks seem to emerge from the very center of the human bodies. --Rotterdam Film Festival

Nebel (Mist)
(2000, Germany/Austria, 35mm, color/b&w, sound, 12 min.)
Ernst Jandl's Gedichte an die kindheit (‘poems to childhood') provides the text for a speculative study of childlike experience through the nostalgic optic of an aging man. "Traces I leave behind are written and printed in some kind of script. The air movements of time wipe them from the page sooner or later."

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4pm - Courthouse Theater

Queer Diasporas: The Middle Eastern and Muslim Lesbian & Gay Experience     [buy tickets]
This year MIX is pleased to introduce a new programming section, Queer Diasporas, with a program of works by and about queers of Middle Eastern and Muslim heritage.

Shifting focus between different diasporic communities from one year to the next, Queer Diasporas brings together films and videos exploring themes of migration, displacement, and exile. Diasporic lbgtq communities, often bridging the differences between attitudes and conditions of the West with their native cultures, play an important role in our understanding (and sometimes misunderstaning) of the condition of lbgtq people from other cultures. Shifting focus between different diasporic communities, Queer Diaporas brings together films and videos, charting the transnational flow of people, sexualities and ideas through the global transmission of media art.

At present, national identities are being upheld with excessive force, especially considering--if not owing to--the increased dominance of the U.S. as the world's only empire. Nowhere is the U.S.'s heightened aggression felt more strongly than in the Middle East and no community symbolizes the perils of the forced Americanization of the globe more than those of the Muslim faith. This development has had and will continue to influence the condition of queer members of Muslim and Middle Eastern societies, both in their native countries and in their diasporas.

Thus it seems appropriate to situate the first edition of our investigation of transnational lbgtq experience with the Muslim and Middle Eastern diaspora. Too long invisible within Western lbgtq communities as well as their own greater society, lesbian, gay, bi and trans Mid Easterners are increasingly relating their histories and giving voice to their complex truths, as evidenced by the illuminating works in this program.
Guest curated by Kouross Esmaeli.
Community co-sponsor: Gay and Lesbian Arab Society
program running time: 85 min.

Followed by a discussion with:

Ramzi Zakharia, Gay and Lesbian Arab Society
Tarek el-Ariss, Department of Liberal Arts, New York University
Parvez Sharma, director/producer of the feature documentary In the Name of Allah (in production)
Moderated by Kouross Esmaeli

Diary of a Male Whore (Yawmiyat A'hir)
Tawfik Abu Wael (2001, Palestine, video, 14 min.)
Inspired by For Bread Alone, the 1072 classic of modern Arabic literature by Moroccan author Mohammed Choukri, Diary of a Male Whore can be read as a metaphorical account of the Palestine-Israel conflict. Set in present-day Tel Aviv, the video portrays the fraught liaison between a Palestinian prostitute and an old Jewish man as a haunting drama of objectification, oppression, and sexual desire.

Diyan Achjadi (2000, Canada, video, 3 min.) US premiere
This rough-hewn, lo-res video contrasts the essentialized roles of men and women, juxtaposing a woman's covered head with a phalanx of soldiers mindlessly marching.

How I Love You (Shoo bi-hibbak)
Akram Zaatari (2001, Lebanon, video, 29 min.) NY premiere
Obscuring the identities of its chatty subjects, this experimental documentary explores sexuality, machismo, fantasy and self-image among Westernized gay men in Lebanon.

Kouross Esmaeli (2000, USA, Super 8/video, 13 min.)
Whistle is a silent short about a woman who is trying to learn how to whistle. She practices at home, practices at work to no avail until … she finds the proper incentive.

Just a Woman (Juste une Femme)
Mitra Farahani (2001, France, video, 26 min.)
Made by an Iranian filmmaker living in France, Just a Woman is about Morvarid who a year ago was living as a man in Iran. Following a legal sex-change operation, for the first time she dons a chador and prepares to venture outside as a woman. Challenging western assumptions about life in a Muslim society by revealing the complexities of one lived reality, the video is especially impressive in Moravid's unapologetic account of her work as a prostitute and the depiction of sex work in urban Tehran.

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5pm - Maya Deren Theater

Lost and Found     [buy tickets]
Sometimes things occur in our lives that change the way we see the world, whether we like it or not, and forever forward. They involve our greatest loves, our strongest bonds and our closest companions. The characters and stories in Lost and Found trigger our impulses to reconsider the meaning of our lives and force us to accept the unpredictability of experience. These are thoughtful renderings, both emotionally and formally, probing the personal and breathing life into loss.

All films in Lost and Found are in distribution with the Canadian Filmmaker's Distribution Centre in Toronto. In its 35 years of operation, CFMDC has remained dedicated to securing the visibility of national and international film productions which operate outside of mainstream models and to work on the artists' behalf to ensure that they have every possible opportunity for exhibition and economic success. Guest-curated by Dierdre Logue, Executive Director of CFMDC
--total running time: 68 minutes

Christina Zeidler (2001, Canada, 16mm, 12 min.) NY premiere
Stunning hand-tinted imagery intermingles with a love letter to my departed dog Mica. Bittersweet as any country song, so familiar you swear you've heard it before but it's just your heart breaking, worn and sure.

Still Here
Karyn Sandlos (2001, Canada, 16mm, color/b&w, silent, 7 min.) US premiere
Made for the filmmaker's uncle David Buller, a painter and a gay man who died violently in 2001, this silent, handprocessed film marks an enduring presence with bold brush strokes. When the body is absent the shadows remain. Still Here consists of a series of spontaneous, single take performances that have been edited in camera. It is at once a eulogy and an act of defiance against the crime that ended this man's life.

Mothers of Me
Alexandra Grimanis (1999, Canada, 16mm, color/b&w, 15 min.)
In an anxious exploration of family history, this film traces instances of insanity that recur in the family's succeeding generations of women. Re-enactments of home movies and staged scenes of domestic activities effectively illustrate recorded interviews and old audio.

Let Me Start By Saying
Christopher Chong (2001, Canada, 16mm, b&w, 3 min.) US premiere
A gay man has fallen in love with a woman; she has gone away, and the image of her face haunts him. Desperately, he tries to come up with a way to be close to her again.

Ellen Flanders (2001, Canada, 16mm, b&w, 12 min.) NY premiere
Once is a film about learning language and the utopian desire of belonging. Using architectural footage from Berlin and New York, combined with what appears to be archival and home movie-style footage, Once is a seamless journey about language, loss and the construction of memory through language.

Mike Hoolboom (2001, Canada, 16mm, b&w, 15 min.) US premiere
Six months after his long voyage into this world, Jack takes his place in the high chair. While reproduction is his birthright, he is puzzled by a strange creature with glass eyes, with a motor in place of a heart. For months there was only sound and now there are only pictures.

Pink Eyed Pet
Allyson Mitchell & Lex Vaughn (2002, Canada, 16mm, 15 min.) world premiere
Sometimes topical treatments aren't enough to cure love's infections.

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6pm - Courthouse Theater

Baby Got Back     [buy tickets]
Baby Got Back is a playful multimedia program about size, fatness and queer bodies by hot and bothered fat queer artists, focusing on how we experience our bodies as powerful, sexy, and all our own. Bea Arthur, 1980's porno, Barbie, and synchronized swimming all come together as the many layered cake of fat queer sexuality is whipped up to offer you this rare and tasty treat. The show will be jump-started with live radical cheerleading by the luscious ladies of Toronto-based performance group Pretty, Porky and Pissed Off. Guest-curated by Laura Campagna & Tara Mateik
Community co-presenters: National Organization of Lesbians of Size and Big Daddy Boxers; co-sponsor: Toys In Babeland
--program running time: 72 min.

Chow Down
Allyson Mitchell (1996, Canada, video, 3 min.)
The person you've been eyeing just asked you out. But what to wear? Pretty, Porky and Pissed Off gets ready for a big date.

Julie Wyman (2002, USA, video, 24 min.) world premiere
Fat floats. The stories of the Padded Lilies, a troupe of fat synchronized swimmers, Archimedes, the Greek mathematician obsessed with floating bodies, and the inventor of the "Drystroke Swimulator" interweave and leave us with the exuberant possibility of a fat body that literally and culturally rises, like cream, to the top.

Tom's Flesh
Jane C. Wagner & Tom di Maria (1994, USA, b&w/color, 9 min.)
Tom's Flesh is informed by the intersection of a late 20th-century gay male body aesthetic, gender, and childhood trauma. Shot with pixel vision, Super 8, and Hi-8, the video weaves dark, distant memories with humorous detailing of recent invasive surgical procedures.

Liz Rosenfeld (2002, USA, video, 5 min.) NY premiere
Churn addresses societal taboos of the fat female form through reflecting on a first time sexual experience.

Butch Femme in Paradise
Lorna Boschman (1998, USA, video, 5 min.)
Visit a fantasy island where a lusty femme and a young butch make it among the craggy rocks and crashing waves of desire.

What If the World Loved Cellulite
Kelly Spivey (2000, USA, video, 3 min.) NY premiere
Barbie gets over anorexia and acquires a cunt.

Hard Fat
Frédéric Moffet (2002, Canada, video, 23 min.)
Gainers are men who purposefully gain weight because they enjoy inhabiting a fatter body.

--program running time: 72 min.

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7pm - Maya Deren Theater

Fluid Sexualities     [buy tickets]
Neither a standard collection of coming-of-age tapes nor precisely a sex program, Fluid Sexualities gathers together artists who negotiate their sexual identities and confront the viewer with the exchange of fluids. Flowing from the experience of weathering adolescence to defying cultural taboos and back again, this program recognizes that queerness is rarely as simple as the dichotomy between hetero or homo, and as often as not messy, heartbreaking and perversely pleasurable. Curated by the Festival Programming Committee
Community co-presenter: the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies, CUNY
--program running time: 69 min.

Les Amants
Nessa Palmer & Chang Wan Wee (2002, Canada, video, 1 min.) US premiere
One moment of love, extended.

Lady of the Lake
Michael Lucid (2002, USA, video, 7:30 min.)
In this delicate puppet show of nocturnal emissions, a young man discovers the joys and sorrows of gay nightlife, and meets a mysterious woman who offers him hope for healing and renewal.

Making Maps
Chun-Hui Wu (2001, Taiwan, Super 8/16mm-to-video, 19 min.) world premiere
Making maps with semen and others...

Learning to Relax 2
Eliete Mejorado (2001, Great Britain, video, 4:10 min.)
A real-time performance of pussy power.

Praise! Praise!! Praise!!!
Mizuki Akihama (2001, Japan, Super 8-to-video, 25 min.) NY premiere
Hello, kitty: a young woman's voice weaves remembrance of all the cats she has owned into an obsessive and haunting history of sexual experience. The cats' glowing eyes and a quivering Super 8 frame build pressure in the still image until it shockingly breaks into live action, rendering the story's sensations and emotions ticklishly enigmatic and invitingly strange. As divine and seductive a confusion as you could ever hope to embrace or fail to comprehend. An award winner at the 2002 Image Forum Festival in Tokyo.

Self-Portrait #1: Reverence
Tobaron Waxman (2001, USA/Canada, video, 9 min.) NY premiere
For this work, I studied text from the Torah that references a conceptual space that is sacred. This is not a location determined by degrees of longitude and latitude, but a four-dimensional moment. The image conflates this concept with gay space. The text chanted is a Davidic psalm. This text, for the poet's physical and passionate expression of yearning for the Place, the Moment, can be read by some as an expression of an ecstasy that is particularly homoerotic. I have described the piece as a self-portrait: I am the man, I am the boy, I am the stall. --T. Waxman

I Got AIDS Off a Toilet Seat
Cody Critcheloe (2001, USA, video, 3:19 min.)
A country kid immerses himself in big-city gay culture, only to be disgusted by what he sees.

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8pm - Courthouse Theater

Slap That Celluloid     [buy tickets]
Fetishizing the celluloid filmstrip as an erotic, mutable, and laboring body, the exquisite hand-processed works in this collection showcase a devotional and daring film aesthetic. Mining the rich graphic tradition in avant-garde cinema, these shorts use optical and contact printing, handpainting, scratching, re-photography and other formal manipulations to investigate the elusive materiality of the emulsion itself. Curated by the Festival Programming Committee
Community co-presenter: Pride at Work, NYC Chapter
--program running time: 87 min.

Bradley Eros (2001, USA, Super 8 [18 fps], 9 min.)
In what the artist describes as an "altered readymade," a found, well-worn Super 8 copy of Howard Hawks' Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is détourned into a compressed bauble projected at 18 fps. The resulting vocal distortion produces a witty gender-blur that evokes gay men's historic identification with Marilyn Monroe, while magnifying the self-conscious dimension of Monroe's performance. Comedic moments are rendered strangely poignant, and the nearly intact "diamonds are a girl's best friend" number is made to suggest a sly critique of the commodity fetishism enshrined in gay, and gay-targeted, media.

The Babble On Palms
Steven Woloshen (2001, Canada, 16mm, 4 min.) NY premiere
Woloshen complicates his usual cameraless animation practice with lush, vibrant photographic images. Hands reach out to partially block our view of each scene, and the real action takes place in these darkened areas, evoking themes of individualism, shared experience and censorship.

Et In Arcadia Ego
Kerstin Cmelka (2000, Austria/Germany, 16mm, 3 min.) NY premiere
An idyllic summer scene: a sleeping woman reclines between two trees, a straw hat covering her knees and her double circling her form. The woman's figure is unclear, as if her image had faded with time, as if this were a memory from the distant past. But who is remembering whom?

A Big Thing Like You
Danielle Lombardi (2002, USA, 16mm, 8:40 min.) NY premiere
This optically printed film is a visual exploration of the duality of vulnerability and power. Through the suggestion of tenderness and violence in a triangle of man, woman and child, this film attempts to break down socially constructed views of family, self and sexuality.

Kat Pankam (2001, USA, 16mm, 4 min.) NY premiere
Manipulated and hand-processed film reveals the formal beauty of a Butoh dancer.

Kerry Laitala (2002, USA, 11 min.) NY premiere
A mystical voyage back to the beginning of time, made by an unconscious woman in the throes of a cataleptic state. In this deep-breathing exercise to carry you to the edge of dreams, archivist Laitala inhales scientific diagrams and exhales the delicate colors of longing.

Your Kiss
Euphrosyne P. Konti (2002, USA, 16mm, 3 min.) world premiere
Like a moth to the flame... or flies on the windscreen?

Dark Dark
Abigail Child (2001, USA, 16mm, 16 min.)
An uncanny ghost dance of narrative gesture melding four found story fragments (noir, Western, romance and chase) upside down and backwards. The music of Ennio Morricone provocatively interacts with the images, tantalizing the audience with webs of cinematic memory, meaning and elusive folly. Unlike Child's previous montage of assemblage, this film is a work of subtraction, repositioning celluloid and sound tropes into a haunting, strangely poignant, and nearly always amazing unfolding.

Technical Aids
Kasumi (2001, USA, 16mm, 4 min.)
A hallucinatory montage of handpainted and figurative film, computer-generated images, sound, samples, grooves and digital video, Technical Aids is the stream of consciousness of a soul burdened by the judgement of others.

Hand Eye Coordination
Naomi Uman (2002, USA/Mexico, 16mm, 10 min.) NY premiere
In attempting to explore how the hand can affect what the eye perceives, this film uses manually manipulated images thrown upon a cinematic screen. In doing so, it becomes a self-reflexive work, constantly reminding the viewer of the process and the person behind the making of the film.

53 Backwards Glances
Matthew Stenerson (2000, USA, Super 8-to-16mm, 7 min.) NY premiere
A study of a single gesture. Inspired by cinema's varied use of the backwards glance and its ability to evoke multiple meanings, from a sad final farewell, or a flirty double take to a pensive gaze.

Richard Reeves (2001, Canada, 16mm, 5 min.) NY premiere
This cameraless animation is about the 1:1 relationship between sound and picture: the 1:1 concept became the structure for the entire piece and spawns further thought about relationships between elements in cinema (artist to medium, viewer to screen, projector to film).

The Griffith Circle: Hide and Seek
Ip Yuk-Yiu (2002, Hong Kong, video, 4 min.) NY premiere
Recycling a scene from an early Griffith short, this video explores the enigma of the cinematic space perpetuated by the so-called continuity system that has dominated film practices for over a century. It turns a simple and often neglected act of screen direction into a playful meditation on spatial construction and a symbolic game of hide-and-seek.

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9pm - Maya Deren Theater

Trans-Formers: More Than Meets the Eye     [buy tickets]
Since before you were born, queers have been fucking their gender. And just when you thought you had your sexual identity all figured out, these shorts came along to capsize your comfort with received sexual categories. This playful spectacle of faggotty dykes, dykey faggots, two-spirited genderbenders and pansexual schoolboys has a little somethin'-somethin' for everyone. Whether through new-school prosthetic play or old-fashioned strength of fantasy, the hotties in these shorts are mapping out trans-tastic rest stops on the highway that runs from F to M and back again. Featuring a live performance by Imani Henry, from the show "B4T (Before Testosterone)". Curated by the Festival Programming Committee
--program running time: 75 min.

My Anger
Marget Long (2002, USA, video, 3:30 min.) NY premiere
Kenneth Anger's 1965 ode to pretty boys and custom cars remade with a girl's roving finger and a plastic SUV.

Through the Skin
Elyse Montague (2002, USA, 16mm, 18:30 min.) US premiere
An experimental autobiography that retraces the traumatic experiences and implications of an androgynous child on the brink of puberty.

Unhung Heroes
Ilya Pearlman (2002, USA, video, 15 min.) NY premiere
Unhung Heroes is a comedy short about five f-t-m guys who, after finding an article on the Internet announcing the first actual penis transplants are about to be performed, imagine a scheme to come up with over $1 million in surgery money.

Fingers, Mouth
Zoey Kroll (2002, USA, video, 5:20 min.) world premiere
Boys navigate through the nooks and crannies of the female anatomy, providing a soundtrack for the filmmaker's own visual and manual explorations.

Lolo Ferrari
Hope Tucker (2001, USA, video, 1:05 min.) NY premiere
Traditionally, the obituary is a place where one's social function is reduced to its barest form, where an exploited French performer with a large but anonymous fan base might garner only an AP report, and no memorial at all.

Thorn Grass
Jasc (2001, USA, video, 8 min.) NY premiere
A transformative meditation on the untimely death of a transgendered youth, this film honors his spirit. This film is based on the life and death of Fred C. Martinez Jr., a two-spirited Navajo teenager, who was brutally murdered at the age of 16 in Cortez, Colorado, in June 2001.

B4T (Before Testosterone)
Performance by Imani Henry (excerpt)
A smart, funny and moving multimedia theater piece by award-winning artist and activist Imani Henry that explores race, sexuality and gender expression. Through a series of monologues and video segments, B4T portrays the realities of various non-"straight" gender and sexual identities--including "butch," "lesbian" and "transgender"--and the limits of such labels to describe an individual's life.

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10pm - Courthouse Theater

Innovations Features - Festival Centerpiece:
I Love the Sound of the Kalachnikov, It Reminds Me of Tchaikovski
by Philippe Vartan Khazarian (2001, France/Great Britain, video, color/b&w, 75 min.) US premiere
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An impressionistic, autobiographical first feature tracing the long shadows of the 1915 Armenian genocide through the director's family history. This unusual film is a love story of sorts set at the end of the last century, when a visit to a war zone in Karabagh calls forth memories of both the awful fate of the city and the filmmaker's personal tragedy years earlier. Seamlessly blending image formats from 35mm to Super 8 and practically everything in between, the French-bred, London-based documentarian Philippe Vartan Khazarian assembles a stunningly sensuous mosaic, anchored by lucid historical memory yet illuminated with flashes of unexpected eroticism, erupting like heat lightning--or, in this case, missile glare. This enormously accomplished début introduces a major new talent in queer cinema.
Filmmaker in person!

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11pm - Maya Deren Theater

Low Riders     [buy tickets]
If it weren't for trash, how would we know what's supposed to be tasteful? This shorts program rides a volley of vulgarity like a mechanical bronco. Flaunting a camp aesthetic of malapropism and outrageousness, these films send up the unspeakable, the emotionally effluent and the socially mortifying. From the turgid tale of a hopeless actress, to an obtuse white dude with a bad case of "yellow fever," to the shenanigans inside an upstate poultry factory, these works trawl the muck-encrusted depths of queer film for nuggets of pure trash gold. Curated by the Festival Programming Committee
--program running time: 90 min.

Eating Pussy
Christopher Westfall (2000, USA, video, 2 min.) world premiere
See it for yourself.

Tango Para Dos
J.T. O'Neal (2002, Canada, video, 4:30 min.) NY premiere
A sexy aerobics instructor meets his match when one of his students struts her fabulous stuff, resulting in a battle for the attention of a handsome hunk who watches their throwdown while pumping iron.

Shut Up White Boy
Vu T. Thu Ha (2002, USA, video, 15 min.) NY premiere
A posse of Asian dykes seeks creative and highly stylized revenge after a patronizing, clueless white dude with some intense "yellow fever" stirs their righteous ire.

Chariots of Fear
George Kuchar (2001, USA, video, 32:30 min.) US premiere
This wonderful and wide-ranging saga of New Age sensibilities in conflict with down-and-dirty urges takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride into the freak show world of actors and actresses in need of adequate direction. The cast is flamboyant and floundering in this tale of sickness and motherly love competing for the souls of the sexually ambiguous as they mature into mammals of desire and despair. Witness the majesty of digital wizardry as it attempts to zest up the zombie zeitgeist inherent in these fast-paced productions of desperate means. Acted by students at the San Francisco Art Institute and pieced together by a derelict man decades older than the talent who flaunt their floppies in the comupter age. Chariots Of Fear dares to expose the soft underpinnings of the nubile to reveal the best they have to offer for a cheap picture that aims high in the chakra department.

J.T. Phillips (2002, USA, video, 35:28 min.) NY premiere
Chicken rules the roost in rural Arkansas.

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12am - Courthouse Theater

The Other Side of Midnight:
Body Double X by Brice Dellsperger (1998-2000, France, digital video, 104 min.) In French with English subtitles.     [buy tickets]
A breathtaking shot-for-shot remake of Andrzej Zulawski's 1975 art film maudit L'Important c'est d'aimer (The Important Thing Is to Love), Brice Dellsperger's Body Double X recasts all of the speaking parts with the same actor, the gender-queer performance artist Jean-Luc Verna. Synchronized to the original film's soundtrack, Dellsperger and Verna conspired to create all of the film's performances (including Romy Schneider's) anew, which were painstakingly shot with blue-screen processes and digitally collaged into the original mise-en-scène. At times Verna appears on screen simultaneously portraying a dozen different characters, inducing an uncanny vertigo. The total effect is aesthetically overwhelming and unforgettable. Courtesy of Team Gallery and Air de Paris.

All screenings take place at:
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
F train to Second Avenue station
6 train to Bleecker Street station
L train to First Avenue station
J, M, Z trains to Bowery station

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