QUEER VISIONS // six new traditions // 56 min
8:30PM /// Sat, June 15 // @ Frame Arts Warehouse, 318 1/2 Ross Ave. / $5
WUFF is pleased to present six filmmakers from Canada and the United States whose works all speak to some element of queer thought… but is queerness a theme? By turns sensitive and transgressive, the films and videos in this program seem to share some common DNA, but the bond may be less about a shared concept of identity, than about their measured and evocative explorations of human emotion.
de(con)struct dir. E. Hearte [16mm]
2012 | CA | 1 | Double exposed, edited in camera, and processesd by hand, this DIY film work plays with ideas regarding gender expression and creation, while addressing the possibilty of conflicting aspects of one's identity; the perpetual construction and deconstruction of gender.
Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin dir. Mariah Garnett [16mm]
2012 | US | 14 | Provocatively mixing fact and fiction in her voiceover, Mariah Garnett's potent tribute segues from her drag play as 1970s gay sex icon Peter Berlin to beautiful footage that she and Berlin shot together - with the same type of camera he used four decades ago - during their tender conversation inside his eclectically decorated home.
In My Room dir. Chance Taylor
2012 | CA | 2 | A series of webcam models during their in-between moments.
Pop! dir. Navid Sinaki
2009 | US | 6 | The iconic Iranian singer-actress Googoosh stars as a drag performer in the cabaret underground of 1965 Tehran in this queer re-staging of FILMFARSI, an overlooked genre of Iranian films from before the Islamic Revolution.
Happy dir. Daniel McIntyre
2012 | CA | 8 | The quest for happiness dictates the shape of many lives in the world. Some find religion, some seek love, but all are searching to be happy. Happy moves through hand-processed 16mm film to explore the intersection of happiness, apostasy, and love. Has anyone told you that God loves you?
I Remember: a Film about Joe Brainard dir. Matt Wolf
2012 | US | 25 | Modesty, whimsy, and clarity of design grace the work of Joe Brainard (1941-1994), an artist and writer whose evocations of memory and desire perhaps found their greatest expression in his memoir-poem I Remember. Filmmaker Matt Wolf returns to this iconic poem in his film, I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard. The archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory.