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Program

Saturday, May 17, 1:00PM - FREE!

PERFORATIONS 6 - TRANS, GENDER, FLUID, AWARENESS

Please join us for a post-screening discussion with members from TransSask - transsask.org

Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure

Sam Berliner, USA, 2013, 13 min.

With knees buckled, tongues frozen and butterflies trapped in our tummies; dating often feels like a blockade of hesitation. Here viewers are granted access to a very personal story of a genderqueer/trans person's entry into the dating world. Using collage, stop-motion photography and animation, Dating Sucks lightheartedly traverses thick topics like Internet dating, misgendering anxieties and understanding one's multiple subjectivities.

The Heart's Mouth

Erica Cho, USA, 2013, 3 min.

An excerpt from Cho's forthcoming experimental film Golden Golden, this short scene depicts an encounter between two Asian youth, set to the voice of Nat King Cole. This lush, Edwardian fantasia celebrates nature, poetry and queer-transgender desire. From Afro-Asian Visions Exploding Lineage II - curated by KB Boyce & Celeste Chan - queerrebels.com

What I Want – What I Have

E. Hearte, Canada, 2013, 2:25 min.

Incrongruities between body and gender become and obstacle for lovers as they navigate the painfully awkward rift between dysphoria and desire.

Resisterectomy

Chase Joynt, Canada, 2012, 8 min.

Resisterectomy is a 4-part multi-media moving image, picture and text installation that challenges the boundaries of a gendered body through the examination and infiltration of, in and on various medical procedures and spaces.

Beware

Samuel B. Atman and bruce, France, 2012, 6:48 min.

Bob and Candace live a normal life peacefully in the heart of America in the 50s. Yet they hide a terrible secret ...Beware is a film that parodies the codes of American propaganda films of 1950-60 to divert and promote a message of prevention against transphobia.

But I'm a Genderqueer

Lauren Soldano, USA, 2011, 12 min.

Hell hath no fury like a gender identity scorned in this lo-fi voyage across a college campus. Ze triumphs with a brave, earnest sing-a-long of self-love, served with a tangy dose of shade.

Holy Trannity

J'VLYN, USA/Canada, 2013, 10 min.

Holy Trannity, a video in the form of triptych, explores the beauty and pain of a world that takes issue with every facet of the femme and gender non-conforming identities – and calls us to action. Holy Trannity seeks to save our lives, because if we do not demand the respect and recognition we seek, it will surely never be afforded to us. With the creation of Holy Trannity, J'VLYN opens themself to the world; there are no costumes, only outfits, there are no characters, only her. She's not pulling punches, she's not afraid; she's only telling her truth.

Two Spirits

Molly Surno, USA, 2012, 5 min.

Two Spirits features Trudie Jackson, a trans Navajo woman, as the protagonist. Here the work investigates the mythology of the American west by seamless entering and exiting a surreal and representational world. Ritual, noir, beauty, and invented folklore are played out by the simple gestures of panning the horizon, brushing hair, and other symbols of the western scenery.

trans*march

Simon Schultz von Dratzig, Canada/Germany, 2013, 5:04 min.

The 10th annual trans*march took place on June 28th 2013 in San Francisco, CA. As the most politicized of the three marches during pride week in San Francisco, it has a tradition of raising visibility of trans*-people and their issues. This short documentary is a collection of queer voices during the trans*march 2013 and reflects parts of the recent discussions concerning the trans*- and LGBT - movement.

Unexplained as Yet

E. Hearte, Canada, 2013, 2 min.

The vernacular of gender is ever growing and changing, yet many continue to live beyond these definitions. Defying language and category, we are unknown: akin to mystical creatures. Multiple exposures of a single roll of Super 8 film allow a brief glimpse into the heart of this chimera: to be unidentified; unexplained.

Saturday, May 17, 3:00PM

PERFORATIONS 7 - FAMILY, DEATH, LOOKING, PLACE

Passing

Andrew James Paterson, Canada, 2013, 6:25 min.

Passing was made in reaction to the sudden passing of a close friend and also to the absurdity of the looking end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar. Passing consists of three monologues, with original designed images edited to the rhythms of these three texts.

Finding a Place to Sleep

Juli Saragosa, Germany, 2013, 7:13 min.

Based on stories my grandmother told me, I re-imagine while working as a cleaner the experiences of my ancestors during the Holodomor (forced famine) in Ukraine during the Stalinist-Soviet era. The "film" image is re-invented through digital video to enact a sense of ambiguity between authenticity and fiction, as can also be present in the act of oral storytelling.

Touch

Shelly Silver, USA, 2013, 67 min.

A man returns, after fifty years, to New York City's Chinatown to care for his dying mother. He is a librarian, a cataloguer and recorder, a gay man, a watcher, an impersonator. He passes his time collecting images - his witnesses and collaborators. Sitting in the dark, we look at them and share his cloak of invisibility, both a benefit and a curse. This award-winning film is an essay narrated from one man's point of view. But it is also fiction, for this man is a made-up person, an amalgam of research, interviews, off-the-record comments, secrets, improbabilities, and free-floating desires. This man, who never tells us his name, returns as both insider and outsider to a neighbourhood from which he escaped, as a teenager, as fast as he could.

Saturday, May 17, 7:00PM

PERFORATIONS 8 - REBEL, OUTCAST, OUTLAW, ALIEN

We don't want to marry

Coral Short and Mascha Nehls, Canada, 2013, 2:14 min.

Masha Nehls does unspeakably delicious things to a giant wedding cake while the New York City Drag March chants in the background. This film celebrates the lack of desire to marry as well as the continuation of living queer lives full of many forms of enticing platonic and sexual kinship that have never needed any government approval.

Just Dandy

Thirza Cuthand, Canada, 2013, 7:38 min.

Invited to speak at an Indigenous Revolutionary Meeting, the narrator describes an intimate encounter with an Evil Colonizing Queen which leads to Turtle Island's contraction of an invasive European flora.

Shift

Anja Marais and Juan Carlos Zaldivar, USA, 2013, 5 min.

A stop-motion film constructed out of over 10,000 high-resolution images taken over the course of a year, Shift follows a character who is born from a tree and stitches a female skin out of leaves. Then one day a fierce dog steals her face. Shift is a visual conversation between filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldivar (Cuba) and sculptor Anja Marais (South Africa), both of whom emigrated to the U.S. and whose creative thrust is fueled by internal journeys, transformation and our relationships to our bodies as well as to our environments.

Geliebt (Be Loved)

Jan Soldat, Germany, 2010, 16 min.

Life's all about two things: firstly, being loved, and secondly not being alone. But what happens when people aren't enough, or when they're too much? Geliebt is not a film about the pros and cons of emotional and sexual relationships with animals but a film about the relationship between humans and animals, poised somewhere between love and dependence.

queer daikaiju

Miki Foster, USA, 2013, 10 min.

Big Mysterious Monster // issei anarchists // queer mega shadows in violent acts of failure. From Afro-Asian Visions Exploding Lineage II - curated by KB Boyce & Celeste Chan - queerrebels.com

Black with Smoke

Mr. Blick, France, 2012, 14 min.

A portrayal of the damaging effects that incarceration has on the psyche. The narrative is based on the inner-monologue of a recently-released prisoner whose vision of the outside world has been warped through years of confinement. The visuals of the film are as appetizing as they are disorienting. Blick toys with shadows and light, presenting a distorted outside world that refuses to let viewers find their bearings. We are left with the sentiment that the experience of imprisonment does not leave the prisoner—but rather haunts daily life as an imprint of trauma.

Bradley Manning Had Secrets

Adam Butcher, UK, 2012, 6 min.

Made with pixel-art rotoscoped animation, this powerful and moving short re-enacts Chelsea Manning's online conversations from the eve of her arrest. Pixelated humanoid outlines against a black background allows us to focus on her words, as both sound and as text. The result is a moving evocation of Manning's bravery and purpose, despite the bleakness and isolation of her situation.

Doh! Oh dear, a female tear!

Stephen Chen, Canada, 2013, 12 min.

An autobiographical doc from Singapore-born male mezzo Stephen Chen. Gifted with a voice with a very high range, Chen relates the discovery, silencing, and survival of his voice in Singapore and North America. The doc's fascinating opening minutes tell his story of queer resilience within conservative boarding school and military cultures, accompanied by B-roll of Singaporean propaganda. Chen also shows off his musical chops, singing Julie Andrews and several arias.

White Face

Mat Snead, UK, 2010, 4 min.

Her face is a map of the world. Korean-born, US-raised, London-based neo-burlesquer Fancy Chance takes the western beauty myth walkabout in a collaboration with Mat Snead (who has also directed videos starring Taylor Mac and Wilfredo).

The Cuban Heel Crisis

Nathan Evans, UK, 2012, 4 min.

Created as part of the live show I Love You But We Only Have 14 Minutes to Save the Earth. There's nothing like the end of the world to sharpen the mind. Bette Bourne, veteran of seminal queer performance troupe Bloolips, was one of several people Nathan Evans approached to collaborate on a show anticipating the apocalypse. The result was this semi-animated reminiscence of love and rockets in October 1962.

Saturday, May 17, 9:00PM

PERFORATIONS 9 - TABOO, AGE, INTERGENERATIONAL, LOVE

Zucht und Ordnung (Law and Order)

Jan Soldat, Germany, 2012, 9 min.

Now here's a rare sight: two naked elderly men in elegant surroundings talk about their relationship and the good old days, and chat in a refreshingly candid manner about their fetishes, sadomasochistic predilections and bondage.

Gerontophilia

Bruce LaBruce, Canada, 2013, 82 min.

18-year-old Lake has a sweet activist girlfriend, but one day discovers he has an unusual attraction for the elderly. Fate conspires to land him a summer job at a nursing home where he develops a tender relationship with Mr. Peabody. Discovering that the patients are being over-medicated to make them easier to manage, Lake decides to wean him off his
medication and help him escape, resulting in a humorous and heartfelt road trip that strengthens their bond. The always provocative Bruce LaBruce is back with a new romantic comedy (of sorts).

...a bold and provocative piece of film making... - Mark Adams – ScreenDaily - screendaily.com
Gerontophilia not only shows that Bruce la Bruce could perhaps re-invent himself as a more mainstream kind of non conformist filmmaker, but also represents his audacity at creating a film which audaciously represents a kind of remarkable artistic rebirth. - Matt Micucci - cinecola.com

Saturday, May 17, 11:00PM

PERFORATIONS 10 - QUEIRD, FUN, HILARIOUS, CHEEKY

Tord & Tord

Niki Lindroth Von Bahr, Sweden, 2010, 11 min.

Mystery viewed through the keyhole in this super-Scandanavian claymation. Confined to drab interiors, Tord, a fox-man, and Tord, a rabbit-man, develop a hieroglyphic language and become friends, maybe. Clever and endearing and eerie and off-putting, Tord & Tord presents a psychoanalytic riddle worth multiple viewings.

Hit is Shit

Tobi Mohring and Thomas Molck, Germany, 2013, 13 min.

Welcome to Café Hit, just another hipster café, and the death knell of any neighborhood attempting to elude gentrification. Jonas, an anti-gentrification activist, works tirelessly for the cause…but it's hard to stay politically focused when your mind is on sexual fantasies. This story is brought to you in fantastic stop-motion animation of anthropomorphized hardware.

MeTube: August Sings Carmen ´Habanera´

Daniel Moshel, Austria, 2013, 4 min.

A frumpy middle-aged man sits down at a table to listen to an old-timey radio. Everything changes the moment he turns the dial. No less than George Bizet's Habanera from Carmen has been reinterpreted for MeTube and enhanced with electronic sounds. Beyond the wow-factor, it's included here because of the relationship between voice and costume (and cyborg?).

Alp Haydar's New Vagina

Alp Haydar, UK, 2012, 3 min.

Alp Haydar draws on his often traumatic experiences of growing up queer in an immigrant Muslim family to single-handedly create (and populate) funny, fantastical cinematic worlds with which he interacts live on stage. This prologue to one of his shows is sung by Alp's on-screen mother, Sharia Law.

Das Buffet ist Eröffnet (The Buffet is Open)

Daviel Shy, Austria, 2013, 7 min.

Four rolls of super8 film and four pig hearts from the friendly female butcher congeal into this orgy of lesbian cannibalism. Not quite vampires, and not quite zombies, the undead are spread sans fear. These not-so-little deaths are just the beginning.

20 Sekunden (20 Seconds)

Francy Fabritz, Germany, 2012, 2 min.

In Kreuzberg, Berlin, the gays treat themselves and cherish the little things. While one person enjoys a nice mug of beer, another goes to the bathroom stall to masturbate.

The Gem Sisters

Mike and Claire, USA, 2013, 3 min.

I sat on my Tomagotchi and it broke/hatched and now we have The Gem Sisters. Stephanie + Stephanie 2 make my head hurt, but…no big deal. Ouch! is just my brain afraid that what it's watching will kill it. I never forgot my first chili pepper, either. That pepper was a whole new world born in fire. I lived to tell the tale, and so will you. In stunning HD.

Wayfinding by Feel in the Spacetime Weaving Continuum

Wednesday Lupypciw, Canada, 2013, 3:58 min.

This is an excerpt from the full length short LOOM MUSIC by Wednesday Lupypciw. Professors Dickerson and Dickerson interview each other about new advancements in textile art and craft theory, (obviously) circa 1975. Dickerson and Dickerson discuss the dawn of time, but we are impressed instead with the dawn of Herstory in art college academia.

The Altered Lives of LaVonne Sallee

Jazmin Jamias, USA, 2012, 12 min.

Mangled Barbies galore in this profile of LaVonne Sallee, an altered-Barbie artist from the Bay Area. Sallee tells her story as she drives around town, buys supplies, and works on a couple of Barbie projects for the upcoming 9th Annual Altered Barbie Exhibition. “I don't like her or hate her,” says Sallee, “She's a plethora of ideas. It just goes on forever.” We see Sallee's off-beat and slightly sinister pieces, plus some satisfying footage taken at the expo itself. LaVonne Sallee is an outsider artist we hold dear in our own hearts.

Channel

Alexandros Pissourios, UK, 2009, 2 min.

Gorgeous, hysterical, enigmatic, ridiculous, A Man to Pet is one of BURN's favorite performers. Inspired by Catherine Deneuve's vital advocacy work for Chanel, Pet welcomes you into her special place.

Pornation

Bruce, France, 2012, 10 min.

Our post-shower protagonist dances and brushes teeth in a bedroom strewn with the artifacts of homo-desire; his inner Jeff Stryker and Judy Garland following their own brick roads of yellows and pinks and fleshtones. Cocks bursting out tongues forking around fingers, cartoon eyes and rosebuds agape. Stroke along as he bathes himself further with a flurry of images from the collective art/porn library of his homo-male head, from Genet to Porky Pig. Porky piggies, indeed.

Dirty

Racheal Castell, UK, 2012, 3 min.

Fabulous Russella is best known on the London scene for making pancakes on stage while lip-synching to Christina Aguilera. Here, she plays a character with a lower tolerance for mess—or so it seems... (Apologies if the Scottish accent is a bit tricky.)

Queer City Cinema thanks BURN, the platform for moving images by cabaret artists, for help programming Alp Haydar's New Vagina, White Face, The Cuban Heel Crisis, Channel and Dirty. See BURNlondon.com for more info.