Short Film Remote Programmer ______________ Reeling Film Fest Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival is the second longest-running film festival of its kind, and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBTQ+ films and videos each year. From award-winning international feature films to social documentaries to experimental shorts, Reeling has always presented a range of genres that demonstrate the rich diversity of work being produced.
HOT PANTS CAMPERS
NO HETERO Fabulations: Quirky Kids, Robots & Conquerors
Digital Media Jury Panelist ___________ Digital Media Production Fund
Grants from the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund support independent film and video projects intended to raise awareness about current social issues. These projects are scheduled to be available for free online viewing by May 15, 2016.
"The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of Voqal Fund and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers. The Production Fund is intended to support digital media works that encourage social change and requires that all works funded are available for free online viewing upon completion in order to reach the widest possible audience. The fund supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for young and emerging artists.
Script Jury Panelist _____________ Pride Films and Plays: LezPlay
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This panel consists of playwrights, screenwriters, directors, artistic directors, and other theatre and industry professionals who will be judging Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay writing competition.
From its inception in 2010 by PFP Artistic Director David Zak, this contest enhances the visibility and advances the viability of women who write plays, screenplays, and teleplays. LezPlay not only advocates for more dyke drama; it honors excellence in scripts written by women in which lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—play a pivotal role.
With gay issues still so complex in [the United States]– hello, Indiana? – PFP was founded in 2010 to change lives by improving the quality of LGBT theater and film for this generation and those to come. Utilizing stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, we create powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through a season of Jeff eligible productions, writing contests that culminate with new work festivals at Center on Halsted, film screenings, and special events like TransFest and LezFest designed to bring attention to underserved artists and audiences.
Film, Video and Event Curator
________________ Chicago International Movies and Music Festival 2015
Curating music-centric feminist and queer films & events for this unique 7 years-old Chicago festival.
Apart from programming videos and films such as Sinkane's music video "How We Be", the short fictions "Cakes da Killa: No Homo" by Ja'Toviah M. Gary, "A Short History of Madness" by Isabelle Hayeur & "Showfolk" by Ned McNeilage, as well as the feature-length documentary "Come Worry With Us!" by Helene Klodawski, I have curated these 2 events:
Cruising TRACKS, a screening of radical queer films & videos followed by live music performances and queer DJs: through nearly 30 video art works, short fictions and music videos, this program touches a wide array of topics: stretching notions of gender identity; kinship and sexuality; proper bodies and their organized functions while dealing with a bunch of other social and political struggles such as the fight against HIV/AIDS, sexism, confinement, racism, trans identities and mental illness. Digging at the intersections of queerness with humour, indecision or in-your-face queer fabulousness, this program holds together with music at its core—it’s CIMMfest after all! Following the screening which includes a live movement-response performance by Darling Au'Saun Aya, and before Slo ‘Mo hits the dj booth with their best soundtracks, we get to have our minds blown by a couple of unapologetic music performers from Montreal, rapper Donzelle and electro musician Douce Angoisse.
HOMOCORE CHICAGO scene: queer feminist punk rock, politics & organizing by co-founder Joanna Brown & Mark Freitas. A talk for CIMMcon, CIMMfest's conference series. Joanna Brown and Mark Freitas started Homocore Chicago after SPEW organizer Steve Lafreniere noticed they both wanted to do a queer punk night. Joanna and Mark were both at the first SPEW but it was the common interest in all things queer and punk that truly brought them together. For 9 years, starting in 1992, Homocore Chicago presented bands like Fifth Column, Vaginal Davis, Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney, Huggy Bear, Pansy Division, Tribe 8, Los Crudos, Shadowy Men on Shadowy Planet and Glen Meadmore. Before Homocore Joanna and Mark were activists with ACT UP, Queer Nation, and many other causes. Throughout its history Homocore Chicago pushed an anti-assimilationist, all ages and multi-gender agenda and worked to support progressive causes in the local community. Since Homocore, Joanna has programmed feminist music fests and Mark has worked as a musician and recording engineer.
Film Programmer & Commentator _________________ Chicago Filmmakers Winter 2015
Jubilee, Derek Jarman (1978)
When Queen Elisabeth I summons occultist John Dee to show her the future, Ariel, a spandex wearing angel with a shining crotch, takes them on a time-travelling journey, 400 years later, where the British Empire, along with any political system, has seemingly failed. Wandering in a decaying London, they meet three angry and bored punk girls and their friends only to witness a world of alternative queer desires, public sex, disillusion and occasional murder. Jubilee has been said to be the most important British film of the late ’70s - it is the first and, to many, the best punk movie ever. -RL (1978, 106 min., video). March 28th and April 1st 2015.
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