Feb 27 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Anonymous sexual encounters and flirtations with the camera, dress-up with Flawless Sabrina, and a night at the Stonewall Inn with Marsha P. Johnson: DESIRES AND RESISTANCE | UNEARTHING TRANS LEGACIES proposes alternative modes of retrieving and disseminating a trans past through an erotic gaze. Addressing an erasure of trans legacies, these experimental short films place trans sexual expression and resistances in conversation with a non-linear idea of history that is both real and fabricated, defiantly looking toward a future of pleasure, play, and beauty.
Outlaw – Excerpt – first 16 min (16m) Director, Alisa Lebow, 1994
A video manifesto about Leslie Feinberg, a self-identified “gender outlaw” who has spent much of zir life passing as a man.
St Pelagius the Penitent (16m) Director, Jason Barker, 1998
A queer retelling of a story of a medieval saint paralleled with interviews of 5 friends at the forefront of deconstructing gender in the 90’s.
FlyHole (6m) Director, Malic Amalya, 2017
Using text and images appropriated from the March 1985 issue of the adult, gay digest magazine, Manscape, FlyHole tells the story of a housefly who transitions into a man in order to cruise gay bars.
She Whose Blood is Clotting My Underwear (3m) Director, Vika Kirchenbauer, 2016
Made for the performance project Cool For You, this video follows an artist’s research on thermal vision and the enhanced gazes of modern warfare to use these technological means to discuss intimacy and the body.
At Least You Know You Exist (16m) Director, Zackary Drucker, 2011
Made in collaboration with iconic New York performer and drag queen Flawless Sabrina, this film explores an intergenerational relationship between two artists.
First Love (5m) Director, Alec Butler, 2002
Using DIY animation techniques, First Love tells the story of our hero, Trans/2spirit/intersex Alick, as he takes a walk in the birch grove with Kay, the high school siren. Things get hot and wet in the cold snow of the Canadian landscape.
beside the water, 1999-2003 (12m) Director, Finn Paul, 2018
In this video essay, the artist as narrator, mixes up sexual discovery, community formation and desert landscapes in a collection of erotic snapshots.
Desperado (3min) Director, Andre Keichian, 2008
An affectionate portrait of a friend’s favorite karaoke song.
Mighty Real (3m) Director, Vicente Ugartechea, 2018
In this documentation of a performance, a young artist embodies confidence and power in this cross-generational sexual encounter.
Happy Birthday, Marsha! (14m) Director, Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel, 2016
Happy Birthday, Marsha! is a fictional short film that imagines transgender rights pioneers Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera in the hours leading to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. The film stars Mya Taylor as Marsha P. Johnson.
Finn Paul, programmer and participating artist:
Finn Paul is a filmmaker and programmer whose practice draws from the quotidian to make queer bonds and sociality into art. Born in Bellflower, CA in 1981, he is an artist whose work addresses themes of historiography, selfhood, and truth-telling in and out of the context of queer and trans communities. In an enactment towards healing and the ways radical honesty can confluence in everyday, commonplace means, he takes up his own identity as a locus for the complexities and traumas of the lives inextricably bound with his: friends, family, and the array of social texts that influence queer and trans culture. Working with moving and still image, performance and writing, his work has screened at IDFA, Ann Arbor, Antimatter, Outfest, MIX NYC, Frameline, Redcat, the Echo Park Film Center, ATA, and the Athens International Film Festival. His curated programs have also shown at Outfest, SQIFF, MIX Copenhagen, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, the Echo Park Film Center, and ATA.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, and by the Photography and Video and Sound Departments at PNCA.