Thursday, February 2, 2017
Opening Night: A Queer Kind of Connection
AIDS, alienation, disconnection, the urban landscape, condoms, bedbugs, hustling, sex toys of every description, cellphone apps – there are all sorts of things that keep queer people apart and bring us together. Opening night at MIX is the perfect time to get together and think about and talk about these films and these ideas. Curated by the Festival Programming Committee.
TRT: 79 min.
— 8 PM
Chris Berntsen & Ruth Ex
2016, USA, 9 slide projectors and 1 Super-8 projector, w/ live music performance, 14 min. World Premiere
Reflectus is an experimental film performed live with accompanying live musical performance. The piece combines nine 35mm slide projectors and one super 8mm film projector to create an entirely analog projection collage that explores the idea of queer connection, intimacy, desire, and landscape.
Scream of the Mandrake
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 16 min. NY Premiere
What if they gave a class war and EVERYBODY came? Scream of the Mandrake is an essay/educational film about hyper-capitalism and gentrification.
DOS PERSONAS EN UNA
Nadia Granados and Amber Bemak
2015, Colombia/Mexico/USA, video, color, sound, 3 min., World Premiere
Originally part of the multi-media show American Spectral History, DOS PERSONAS EN UNA separates for the first time, becoming its own entity. A frenetic yet robotic attempt at evading solidification by changing form culminates in a false orgasm enacted on an umbrella handle.
2015, Germany, video, color, sound, 6 min. US Premiere
An experimental film on gay iconographies in a commodified age.
Inflamed: A Litany For Burning Condoms
Christopher Jones, Niknaz, Theodore Kerr, & LJ Roberts
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 6 min. NY Premiere
This experimental video intervention aims to explore sociopolitical, technocratic, and historical textures of latex, specifically as they relate to ongoing AIDS crises. What does it smell, sound, feel like, to burn a condom?
Bed Bugs Babies
2016, Canada, video, color, sound, 7 min., World Premiere
Looking back at his relationship with his ex-boyfriend who is seropositive, the narrator explores themes such as the fear of disclosure, the fear of transmission, the metaphors of HIV/AIDS and the current epistemology of gay life in relation to HIV, in 2016.
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 17 min. NY Premiere
A dystopian portrait of blurring boundaries between body and machine, it's based on an app that reads heart rate through your webcam, calculates your *true* mood, and posts it directly to your feed.
Friday, February 3, 2017
The Books of James
2006, USA/Canada, video, color, sound, 74 min. NY Premiere
Preceded by by any means necessary by James Wentzy, 1994, 6 min.
— 6 PM
Inspired by a collection of personal notebooks, The Books of James is an experimental documentary on ART, AIDS and ACTIVISM. Based on the writing, drawing, video footage and personal revelation of James Wentzy, an artist/activist in New York City, the film illustrates the 30-year timeline from the late 1970s to the present, examining the changes in the social and political landscape of America.
Following James from South Dakota to New York City, the film traces his days from struggling and surviving as an artist to later becoming an AIDS video activist. In showcasing a unique individual through his involvement with the fight against AIDS and his tireless frontline reportage of the crisis, The Books of James is an intimate portrait of a neglected everyman/hero and unearths a time now forgotten.
With narration provided by James himself, the film is divided into 3 periods of his life, recorded in his journals and video footage over a period of 30-year time span.
Queer Rebels return with "Transgressors," a raised fist of QTPOC experimentations with a mission to transgress, to cross, to border, to aggress and to deviate.
A mother and daughter find strength in global protests against injustice (FU377, Neelu Bhuman). Whitewashing, both historical and present, changes Puerto Rico's culture (CLAVADO, Cristobal Guerra). A 2 Spirit infomercial provides tongue-in-cheek survival strategies (2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99, Thirza Cuthand). A dead starlet reveals her memorial reel (Reveal, Nao Bustamante); these Queens will rise again (Queen Down, West Vargina (Heather María Ács) & Sequinette Jaynesfield). There is only one witness to death (Warning Shot: The Killing of James Wakasa, Tina Takemoto). An artist meditates on blackness, diasporic longing, and the natural world (Hearing in the Dark, Naima Lowe). Post-Orlando, we rise in the spirit of Sylvia Rivera with rage, love, and GAY POWER (Queer Historical Mixtape, Celeste Chan and Irina Contreras).
- Curated by Queer Rebels, (KB Boyce & Celeste Chan)
TRT: 78 min.
— 8 PM
2014, UK, video, color, sound, 5 min.
This stop-motion animation juxtaposes a young lesbian’s heartbreak over the recent revival of Indian Penal Code section 377, which is often cited in official condemnation and violation of queer Indians’ rights. The romantically spurned daughter wants to close herself off to the world, renouncing her queerness and hiding in fear. Her mother, through a collage of news coverage and interviews, helps her daughter find strength in the world’s anger; together at last they join the protests and take up the daughter’s dignity in their own hands, with the support of a global community.
Queer Historical Mixtape - Part 1
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 18 min. NY Premiere
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min. NY Premiere
A piece featuring some poetry I wrote last year and visuals from my island Puerto Rico. "Clave" is an african beat that gave birth to most caribbean rhythms and it's at the background of the whole piece, giving it some pace and reference. The piece was based on a conversation I was having with my young niece about our african heritage and they way it's erased in our culture. – Cristobal Guerra
2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99
2015, Canada, video, color, sound, 5 min. NY Premiere
Don't worry if you are just coming out as a 2 Spirited person, we have just the introductory special for you!
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 11 min.
This is a close to completed version of Reveal. It's for the filmformance Silver & Gold. It plays after Maria drinks poison and has a prolonged and ridiculous death scene. It functions as a sort of dead actress memorial reel. This film is also meant to be performed with live sound. Although it is a work-in-progress, it has already been performed at USC Visions and Voices series, Los Angeles and the Whitney in NYC.
West Vargina (Heather María Ács) & Sequinette Jaynesfield
2017, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min. NY Premiere
The Glorious Queens of Xxxmas have been thrown out on the curb! Who will save them?
Warning Shot: The Killing of James Wakasa
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 12 min. NY Premiere
One death. Three versions of the crime. James Wakasa, a 63-year-old Japanese American bachelor, was shot to death by military police at Topaz concentration camp during World War II. Was it justifiable homicide, an accidental fatality, or second-degree murder? The press said he was trying to escape, the shooter claimed it was a warning shot, the case file suggests he was killed while walking a dog. This experimental film essay uses the “Rashomon effect” to juxtapose the conflicting accounts detailing the circumstances and cause of Wakasa's untimely death.
Hearing in the Dark
2017, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min. World Premiere
A meditation on blackness, diasporic longing, and the natural world.
Queer Historical Mixtape - Part 2
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 19 min. NY Premiere
Post-Orlando, we rise in rage, love, and GAY POWER in the spirit of Sylvia Rivera
Living in the Material World
How do we come to know our own bodies? How do we get other people to deal with us on our terms? These films look at ourselves and others and try to figure out who we are, what we mean, what we mean to others and what others mean to us. Curated by the Festival Programming Committee.
TRT: 66 min.
— 10 pm
Mami y Yo y Mi Gallito
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 17 min.
For the past five years, I have been pestering my mom to talk to me about my childhood, my body and past and future surgical decisions. We finally sat down to talk about my body as a hermaphrodite.
2016, Brazil, video, B/W, sound, 7 min. US Premiere
A woman and her body.
Negro Hair Petting Zoo
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 1 min.
My response to the exoticism of black natural hair and a cheeky critique on inappropriate behavior.
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min. US Premiere
Does technology separate us from our fellow humans, or does it bring us closer to an understanding of others and ourselves?
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 8 min. NY Premiere
What started as a narrative short about leaving college became an exploration of selfhood, abjection, and identity when the filmmaker discovers he's trans.
Prinzessin des Alltags
2015, Germany, video, color, sound, 8 min. US Premiere
What seemed clear and obvious suddenly becomes fragile, ambiguous and queer: A coming-out-story through another perspective.
Lucretia Knapp & Lynne Yamamoto
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 23 min. NY Premiere
Beautiful and engaging introductions to Tong and Cai Yun, who, in their 50s and 70s, respectively, have seen great change in the Taipei Tongzhi (LGBTQ) landscape. They reminisce about their relationship, their identities and their somewhat different ties to their Tongzhi communities. A beautiful reflection on moving apart and coming together.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
History Herstory Theirstory Ourstory
A collection of short incisive essay films that meditate on our relationship to history, memory, the archive, using fantasy, found footage, and dying film formats. Curated by the Festival Programming Committee.
TRT: 80 min.
— 6 PM
2016, Germany, video, color, sound, 4 min. NY Premiere
The reconstruction of a family archive through fragmentary memories is moved to the limit of what we classify as fiction.
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min. NY Premiere
I was born October, 1984; the month and year San Francisco closed its gay bathhouses due to the AIDS crisis. This film is shot at bathhouse locations that were closed during that month, as well as other sites of queer cultural loss.
unter der nachweisgrenze (undetectable)
2016, USA/Germany, video, color, sound, 8 min. World Premiere
A silent meditation that brings together the cultural history of HIV/AIDS, the shifting landscape of safe(r) sex, and the intersection of fantasy and historical record.
Die Neue Frau
2014, Germany, video, color, sound, 19 min.
1933. Berlin. Through the lens of her personal "home movies," Leni Riefenstahl records a day in her life with a young Eva Braun. The third film in the The Surface Tension Trilogy looking at queer artists living in Berlin during the 1920s. Shot on hand-processed 16mm film.
Semiotics of Sab
2016, USA, video, B/W, sound, 6 min. World Premiere
How is it that we know who we are? This film explores the poetics of identity through an oblique portrait of gay Japanese American actor Sab Shimono.
Of Origins, Part 1: Hannah
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 9 min. World Premiere
Of Origins is a series of short films about the lives and afterlives of a group of Jewish feminists in Germany in the early 20th century. Each film is a speculative love letter, spun out of strange incidents in the archives and the filmmaker's fantasy of finding her radical queer prehistory.
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min.
The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven née Plotz, was an unsung member of the Dada Movement. A poet, artist, runaway, and all around public provocateur.
“The Baroness is not a futurist. She is the future.” – Marcel Duchamp
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 6 min. NY Premiere
In the year 2076, a cyborg finds moving images made by their great-grandmother in the last years of celluloid. Looking at the images, they are struck by the past, causing them to dig into their own memories, history, and identity.
A Boy Needs A Friend
2015, Canada/United States, video, color, sound, 22 min.
"The title, A Boy Needs A Friend, is both a pathetic plea and just a fact." – Steve Reinke
A Boy Needs A Friend is part of The Genital is Superfluous: Final Thoughts, Series Four (2016), a collection of video essays, a stream of ongoing thoughts and provocative engagements. Final Thoughts was begun in 2004 as a life project: it will be complete upon Reinke’s death.
Singing, dancing, fucking, praying, boxing, a comic hospital tour, dreams of a foreclosed future, just another day in the queer neighborhood. Curated by the Festival Programming Committee.
TRT: 69 min.
— 8 PM
CHRISTEENE “Fuk V29”
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min.
Welcome to "FUK V29", the 8th installment of the CHRISTEENE Video Collection. Sit back. Open your mouths. Spread your legs. Don't hide nuthin’.
Psalm 69 - For waters have come (up to my neck)
2015, Canada, video, color, sound, 3 min. US Premiere
In the grand tradition of the religious zealots misquoting scripture for their own purposes, a musical setting of Psalm 69 using eroticized Christian art to flag the double entendres in the text.
Metube 2 August Sings Carmina Burana
2016, Austria, video, color, sound, 5 min.
After Elfie and her nerdy son August successfully proved themselves on their home webcam in MeTube 1, the odd pair venture onto the street to present the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed!
Taylor Bennett & Paul Halili
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min.
Bell Garden is a short music video of contemporary genre. The story features a lesbian couple and the (sexual) passion they share as well as their dissensions depicted through physical combat (boxing).
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 6 min. New York Premiere
Taking equal inspiration from the 1970s gay leather/S&M world and the universe of choreographer Bob Fosse, a “Leather Daddy” enters a dungeon where he whips the patrons into a kinky, sexually charged dance frenzy.
2015, UK, video, color, sound, 5 min. US Premiere
An experimental mashup porn film. A succession of non-prototypical bodies with a scratchy grain and a 90’s quality.
2015, Canada, video, color, silent, 5 min. US Premiere
The project is a series of videos which take their aesthetic inspiration from traditional screen printed wallpaper and animated GIFs.
Sebastian Dominic Auer
2016, Germany, video, color, sound, 12 min. US Premiere
A gay mystical heimat-porn. Between the awakening of spring and musty oak forests it is summoning a saturnalia of sweaty bodies. The images of the movie are oscillating from misty-eyed sights of romantic nature to harsh industrial rigidity.
Casualties of Modernity
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 14 min.
Celebrity artist and humanitarian Miss Chief Eagle Testickle (Kent Monkman) tours a hospital specializing in the treatment of conditions afflicting Modern and Contemporary Art. Led by the Doctor of Fine Arts (Quinton Neufeldt), and closely supervised by the no-nonsense head Nurse (Gillian Edwards), Miss Chief encounters romance, tragedy and triumph.
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 15 min. NY Premiere
What does it mean to dream when the future is foreclosed? When two broke 20-somethings visit a fortuneteller, conjoined crystal balls and queer, pop song visions open up new spaces for desiring and becoming -- across Asian, Black, and Latinx imaginaries.
SEX & The Silver Gays
Charles Lum & Todd Verow
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 70 min. NY Premiere
— 10 PM
“SEX & The Silver Gays” tells the idiosyncratic story of the New York Prime Timers, the randy NYC Chapter of the national senior gay men’s organization. Amidst their flurry of elderly activities, the New York Prime Timers members also actively participate in monthly sex parties. These octogenarian orgiasts invite us to their intimate gathering, illustrate explicitly their carnal activities and explain to us, both frankly and inspiringly: who they are; their own shared histories; and what it means to their lives to share joyful, consensual sexual celebrations for as long as may be possible
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Panel discussion with artist Yvette Choy, Parijat Desai, David Mramor, Shanna Polley and interlocutors Cecilia Dougherty and Leeroy Kun Young Kang
Theories don't move fast enough. Theories are only after-thoughts as new spaces between the lines of queer thought images and practice become inhabited, transformed, played, used up, and finally become outmoded. In-between theoretical space, however, are the spaces of magic, creativity, sex, love and deep histories. These spaces lie outside the languages of fixed meaning and they function best when they are interactive. In-Between Theories embraces multiple interpretations: the space between the lines of queer thought, image, and practice; works that inhabit interstitial space/time, between established constructs of sexualities.
— 6 PM
This screening and panel will present artists whose work has been uncoupled from conventional frameworks that present our lives in terms of categories and hierarchies, emulous of the political and social bonds from which we attempt to build our outsider habitats. Work that creates poetic syntaxes and uses beauty (and its consort, ugliness); exchanges of difference; inscriptions of the self; to enter the space between theory and logic. No longer a moving target, our subject acts more as a magnetic field. Stories that explore the time/space where everyday life intersects with the historical past, parlaying our modest hope into the future as it comes into being in the vast in-between.
Curated by Cecilia Dougherty & David Kalal
TRT: 46 min. + panel discussion
Officer Tuba Meets Happy Ghost
2011, Canada, video, color, sound, 5 min.
Chun’s video utilizes several filmic formats – S8mm film, 35mm film and analog and digital video. Chun layers these diverse mediums by taking her characters from their 35mm films, Officer Tuba, from the 1986 Hong Kong comedy Where’s Officer Tuba and an actress from an 80s Hong Kong film franchise, Happy Ghost. She rotoscopes them out and sets them into S8mm landscapes that Chun shot herself, of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Toronto, Canada – two cities with diverse Asian immigrant populations. In addition, the salvaged musical score and intermittent sound effects are also re-purposed. To complicate this story further, Chun dubs the dialogue into Korean, recasting these celebrities with alternate racial identities within two different alternate racialized communities.
I Thought I Found You But
2013, USA, video, color, sound, 6 min.
I Thought I Found You But keeps us searching, but for what or whom? Our only clues are the subtleties that our subjects offer as they insist upon a closer look, a different look and a deeper look.
Walk Into the Desert #13
Enid Ellen/David Mramor
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min.
This is number 13 of a series of 30 videos. I shot this video while I was in Iceland. Basically as I drove around the country I had my wigs in my bag and I would stop to shoot footage along the way. It was really the landscape that would inspire the shoots and less about specific sites. Being a yoga teacher and a singer/performer I'm interested in yoga instructional videos as well as music videos and I wanted to create something that spoke into both of these spaces. The musical track, Walk Into the Desert, was a song which appears on the first Enid Ellen album Cannibal Disease. It is a song about disconnecting from Ohio where I was born and raised after an old friend had sent me a letter telling me I could never be a woman.
In and Out #14
Enid Ellen/David Mramor
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min.
This track is also on Cannibal Disease which was recorded in two sessions upstate, one in the winter and one in the summer. This song was written while I was in Washington state driving through the mountains and seeing the clear cutting of the forests. It is also the creation song of Enid Ellen. The video was shot off of the previous #13 video. It was taken with an iPhone directly off of the computer screen. I was interested in the way the video begins to break down and the way the different programs frame the images. YouTube's little box that shows into the future or the past. I am interested in the way the images start to blur and transform into color. It seems to connect to the images that can appear from meditation.
Tell Me Why #15
Enid Ellen/David Mramor
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min.
My songwriting really started as written poetry and from that stage they became acappella recordings. Improv is a major tool I use in live performance and for many of these songs that have no accompaniment. The title was pulled after the fact. Practicing yoga I participate in lots of chanting and it has a lot to do with the fluctuation and opening up of the voice. The video was again shot from the previous video therefore the framing again becomes even further layered and video shots become less stable than the original video #13. The colors become more artificial and the images break down.
The Palace is Dreaming [excerpt]
2016, India, video, color, sound, 7 min.
Shot in New Delhi during India's 2014 general election, The Palace is Dreaming is a visual poem. It enters decaying Indo-Islamic buildings that have witnessed the rise and fall of many political dynasties. Seven performers reveal fragments of human experience inside those crumbling spaces—embodying past and present simultaneously.
Shanna R. Polley
2016, USA, video/interactive, color, sound, 17 min. World Premiere
The title of my piece is called Notch. It is a reference to a filter effect in sound equalization. Sounds passing through the notch filter produce a tone, which in this film activates a change in the color values in the video. I was looking for a particular quality of blue, the color of my teenage bedroom and also of the eyes of a girl I was in love with. My experiences of her, of her eyes, of blue were the experience of light, color, distance and closeness. This film is about finding that color blue.
Closing Night: Action Speaks Louder Than Words
Not a single word is spoken. The images speak volumes. The ultimate in transnational queer experimental filmmaking. Curated by the Festival Programming Committee.
TRT: 77 min.
— 8 PM
Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill
2016, USA, 16mm, B&W, sound, 6 min. NY Premiere
"Lying on the table, it was a banner telling the invisible legions of my triumph over the police. I was in a cell. I knew that all night long my tube of vaseline would be exposed to the scorn--the contrary of a Perpetual Adoration--of a group of strong, handsome, husky police men.” – Jean Genet, The Thief's Journal, 1949
The Language of Her Loneliness
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min. USA Premiere
A rush of visions and memories depicting an intimate dream-space for three lonely women experiencing romance, freedom, and sensuality.
2015, USA, video, color, sound, 7 min. World Premiere
A young man sets up an online date in hopes of alleviating his loneliness.
2015, Canada, video, color, sound, 8 min.
An exploration of trans-male being. In the video, a man and his prosthesis have a bath.
She Whose Blood is Clotting in My Underwear
2016, Germany, video, color, sound, 3 min. US Premiere
Made for the music/performance project COOL FOR YOU. Following her research on enhanced vision via infrared technology in modern warfare, here she utilizes these technological means to discuss intimacy, the body and the privileged gaze of the spectator.
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 1 min.
Rust is a visual meditation on the beauty created by decay and degeneration. Images of Man Ray’s Dust Breeding punctuate photocopied photos of a pre-gentrified Coney Island, set to an industrial beat.
2016, Finland, video, color, sound, 2 min. World Premiere
Being human together.
Ton Poids Sur Ma Nuque (Your Weight on the Nape of my Neck)
2015, France, video, color, sound, 10 min. US Premiere
One morning, I saw a man I’d never seen before, in the building opposite mine...
A Fire in My Brain That Separates Us
Benjamin Ramírez Pérez
2015, Germany, video, color, sound, 17 min. US Premiere
In an initially deserted room, objects slowly begin to move.
2016, England, video, color, sound, 20 min. US Premiere
From the makers of Peter De Rome: The Grandfather of Gay Porn. Authorship of the screenplay has not been unequivocally established. The authorship of the script of this film is unattributed. The producers of the film firmly discourage any speculation as to authorship. Pathetique Films can confirm that the script was passed on to them by the late Peter de Rome. Okay, but in any case, it’s all sorts of kinky fun.