18 May | 20:00
Queer Aging - Short Experimental Film #305
Frances Adair Mckenzie/ Zuzu Knew
New Spring TBC (2017)
Co creation/ residency at Studio 303
Costumes, Art Direction; Jasa Baka
Sound; Tyr Jami, Justin Guzzwell
Props/Text; Debora Alanna
Props/Animation; Frances Adair Mckenzie
Green screen choreography: Julia Thomas, Sasha Kleinplatz
The Personal Things (2016)
You have to find your own way to strike back." Black trans elder and legendary activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy describes how everyday personal acts fuel her political activism. Released in conjunction with Trans Day of Resilience/Remembrance, this short, directed by Reina Gossett with art by Micah Bazant and animation by Pamela Chavez was produced by Reina Gossett, Hope Dector, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women.
Ar n-Athair (2017)
My settler family measured land through prayer. My pagan theology often draws from the recuperation of the Gaelic language in my family which I am spearheading and my academic background in linguistics. I've also been really coming back to prayer and to memorization too, thinking of queer communal land projects as monasteries and one of the traditional occupations of monks being committing lines of prayer to memory.
GRANDFATHER / ME / 3RD PERSON
David Meran (2016)
Randy was the first person I interviewed for this project. I met him on Tuesday mornings in his room at Maitri Compassionate Care in Duboce Park, San Francisco. We would sit and talk for about an hour, or until he felt too short of breath due to his lung cancer. The N train would periodically clack down the road outside and there were several pairs of cowboy boots stacked neatly along the wall from Randy’s rodeo days. As a gay man, Randy never felt at home in Tennessee and spent his whole life moving through America’s major liberal cities. Plagued by a nihilism that was pacified by drugs, alcohol and sex, Randy eventually turned to God to find his solace. He told me that it was only through this loving God that he found the strength to forgive himself and accept his life. Randy died on September 27, 2014.
This is a part of a series called The Halls of Wickwire
FIFTEEN AGAIN (2015)
Music Video for Fifteen again, a song by Evripidis and his Tragedies
Paint it Again (2011)
Paint it Again explores the home shared by a woman and her late partner for over 40 years. Now the home of only one surviving partner, the space has become museum-like. Meticulously arranged and decorated, the house is full of objects like artifacts that hold memories and hint at a life shared in this space, a life that is now gone.
Freedom to Marry
Gail and Audrey: An Unexpected Love Story (2013)
Have you meet my wife?" that's how Audrey Smaltz introduces people to her wife former Olympian Gail Marquis. "Foremost in My Mind" is a vivid portrait of their life and marriage.
When I met Jenny through Pathways Hospice, she was living in an SRO building in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Surrounded by a lifetime’s work of stunningly intricate paintings and sculptures, Jenny would monologue for an hour, stopping only to light another cigarette and slurp on her grape soda. Jenny was an artist in the purest form: she was compelled to create and she did so in order to heal herself. Jenny explained that all the way through her life – through physical and sexual abuse, hospitalization, mental illness and homelessness – art had been the thing that saved her. In September 2015, Jenny’s portrait was selected be exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. When Jenny and I went out for lunch to celebrate, she told me that participating in this project had validated her life.
The Golden Brown Girls
Indrani Ashe and Shannon L
Flash Forward (2016)
The Golden Brown Girls is a socially engaged, collaborative art project and homage to the American sitcom The Golden Girls, where 4 women over 50 live together post divorces, children etc to reinvigorate their sense of identity apart from these things. By creating a fulfilled, alternative future space fuelled by mutual support, intimacy and laughter, we aim to transform ourselves into the protagonist of a newly created multiverse.
To create Flashforward we collaborated with British Asian actresses Norma Dixit, Sakuntala Ramanee, and Gurkiran Kaur as well as playwright Subika Anwar. Women from vastly different generations imagined themselves in each others’ bodies to imagine growing old together in nonheteronormative fashion.
Public Service Announcement: Peggy Shaw (2015)
Produced in response to our work with stroke survivors as part of Science Stroke Art with the Stroke Association North West, the legendary Peggy Shaw makes use of her solo performance Ruff to recognise the signs and symptoms of stroke. With her own iconic style and a rocking beat, Peggy Shaw’s Public Service Announcement shows you a thing or two about being F.A.S.T!
POSH HUB FORBES (2015)
Posh Hub- part of Project Silver film series.
Introduced through Hospice by the Bay, Daniel and I met weekly in his room in a high-rise SRO block in San Francisco’s SOMA. A graduate of Harvard University and friends with Spanish royalty, Daniel lost all of his wealth when he was cut out of his father’s business empire and struggled with mental health issues. Now sharing hallways with the city’s most disenfranchised residents, Daniel would still go for caviar and champagne once a week using money from his estranged son. Daniel was adamant that death did not trouble him and that he was simply letting the “gentle flow of a river” carry him towards the end. Several weeks after our interviews were completed, I went to visit him at Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco. In floods of tears and wrecked with terror, Daniel held onto me like a child. The next day, on July 22, 2015, Daniel died alone in his room.
Charles Lum & Todd Verow
SECRET SANTA (2017)
A group of older gay men get together every month for companionship, camaraderie, and sex.
Coral Short is an interdisciplinary artist and curator residing in Berlin; this year marks a career milestone when they reach a decade of programming experimental video and film. Their curatorial practice explores queer experience with a particular attention to works that underline and question the ways aesthetics act as a form of political discourse. Their interests center around themes of the body, sexuality, identity politics, spirituality, and the queer future. Coral gathers the collective imaginings of their community through public and private dialogue to produce projects such as this ongoing film series. http://www.coralshort.com
This is Ryan Backer's curatorial debut. They dropped out of film school and eventually graduated with a degree in Gerontology (the bio/psycho/social study of aging) and Black Studies. They are currently squatting in Dublin while busking poetry with a typewriter, filmmaking and caregiving.
Funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa www.berlin.de/sen/kultur
Thank you also to Quecke for support with this project.