Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) present a special screening and panel featuring festival filmmakers in conversation with director Pratibha Parmar and moderated by Center for Asian American Media’s festival director Masashi Niwano.
Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts brings together locally and nationally renowned artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars for a series of conversations to discuss a broad range of LGBTQI topics in the humanities, architecture, design, and the arts. QCCA is an on-going collaboration between the Queer Cultural Center, California College of the Arts, and U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.
Tuesday March 17th, 2015, 7pm
Timken Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Just learned that a group of hard-working feminist archivists/librarians/writers/editors created a wikipedia page on me at the 2015 Art+Feminism Edit-a-Thon at LACMA this month. This is what feminism looks like. Being proactive, creating herstory, no more ‘anonymous-was-a-woman’! The wiki does quote my thoughts on “invisibility,” which I found amusing and ironic. Props to East of Borneo magazine, Women’s Center for Creative Work, and all the feminist edit-a-thon’ers. I find small actions like this – done together as a community, with little immediate personal gain – are the first steps toward positive social change. This is work, and it’s super inspiring. Let’s continue to build each other up! And think about other women of color artists neglected by the system. A feminist edit-a-thon in your city?
I’ll be speaking at Western Washington University in a few weeks. Click here for more information.
A retrospective of my film and video work at UC Riverside, followed by a dialogue with Professor Crystal Baik (Department of Ethnic Studies).
Co-sponsors: UCR YOK Center for Korean American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, and UC Riverside Media and Cultural Studies Department.
Sometimes teachers get nice notes in their inbox. My student from Bryn Mawr College, Rhianna Shaheen, was chosen to be a part of Team Oscar. And apparently I actually said something that stuck. Whodathunk!?
Rhianna: “I also had to create a 1-minute creative video about the best piece of advice I had received. And guess who it was from? You! Hahaha I think it was in our animation class you were telling us that ‘No one was coming for us’ and that we had to make it happen ourselves. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for being so supportive of me and my creative endeavors all these years, and I hope you can watch on February 22nd!!”
I’m proud of you, Rhianna! But more than that, happy that you get to have this adventure.
The time is 1998, 16 years ago, when Eric Garner was 28; Michael Brown was 4; Travon Martin was 3; Tamir Rice was not even born. This is Los Angeles Activist History from the Analog Archives: 22 OCTOBER – STOP POLICE BRUTALITY, a film collaboration between artist Erica Cho and The Invisible College. It shows how many black and brown families have organized, protested, and been affected by the history of POLICE BRUTALITY in and around Los Angeles, but ultimately aims to document the spirit of the gathering. The power of a movement is the power of its magic, its music, its ritual dance. I hope this historical record is helpful to others, as they strategize in the now. As archivist/curator Leeroy Kang notes, “Shows how we must find our way back to move forward.” #blacklivesmatter #uci_inthe90s #(r)evolution
Archival Notes: The film is intentionally silent for the first minute. Images and sound were recorded on location in Los Angeles on B/W Super-8 film and Hi-8 NTSC Video. Post-production was completed on a 3/4 inch deck-to-deck analog system without a computer at UC Irvine’s VideoLab. The master cut exists on a 3/4-inch tape, but without access to a 3/4-inch deck, the video above was digitized from a Hi-8 dub. A couple seconds of audio got cut off at the end, but it’s basically all there.
THE SOUND OF NEW, a curated program of queer short films for the 30th anniversary of The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival!
Are we forgetting the past, or are we trapped in it? Are we afraid of the future, or are we winning it? What does the LGBT Asian Pacific film look and sound like in 2014? For the 30th anniversary, we’ve assembled an amazing lineup of recent films made by artists from across the globe to screen alongside the works of pioneer queer filmmakers Shu Lea Cheang and Nguyen Tan Hoang. FINGERS AND KISSES (dir. Cheang, 1995) and CRIMSON (dir. Nguyen, 2000) are two films near and dear to our hearts, and ones that hold special relevance today. We hope this pairing of the past and present will expand and deepen conversations about the future of LGBT cinema.
CURATED BY: Erica Cho & Leeroy Kang
NO NO HOMO | Jerell Rosales | 2014 | US
SOUND OF NEW PUSSY | Yozmit | 2012 | US
FINGERS & KISSES | Shu Lea Cheang | 1995 | TAIWAN
PERFORMING GIRL | Crescent Diamond | 2013 | US
WINNING THE FUTURE | Jennifer Hsu | 2012 | US
UTERUS MAN | Lu Yang | 2013 | CHINA
DRAFT DAY | Josh Kim | 2013 | THAILAND
CRIMSON | Gino T. aka Nguyen Tan Hoang | 2000 | US
I THOUGHT I FOUND YOU BUT V.1.0 | Yvette Choy | 2013 | US
ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL:
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is Southern California’s premier showcase for Asian Pacific American and Asian international cinema. The festival was established in 1983 by VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center.
Community Speculators – Queers, Aliens, Time, Space, Love, Labor, and Value / Sunday 5.19.13 @ the Armory in Pasadena
Image: Connie Samaras, Edge of Twilight 3, 2011
An afternoon of screenings, presentations, and conversation that expand various ideas and concerns that inform Connie Samaras: Tales of Tomorrow and Contested Destination, two exhibitions currently on display.
Program is as follows:
- SPECULATORS 1–2pm
Artist and writer Suzie Silver presents writings and films from her book Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities (co-edited with Christopher Kardambikis and Jasdeep Khaira: Encyclopedia Destructica, 2013).Writer and artist Anna Joy Springer reads and discusses her hybrid, time travel novel The Vicious Red Relic, Love: A Fabulist Memoir (Jaded Ibis Press, 2011).
- INVESTORS 2–3pm
Artist Jeannie Simms screens and discusses selections fromReadymaids (2008 and 2009), a series of videos and photographs done in collaboration with women in the migrant domestic work industry in Asia.Filmmaker and visual artist Erica Cho screens The Heart’s Mouth(2013), a romantic encounter between two Asian youth. The film is part of Golden Golden, a larger project on queer imagination and longing within working class communities of color.Feng-Mei Heberer, writer, film curator, and Ph.D. candidate in Critical Studies at University of Southern California moderates a discussion of the artists’ works.
- WORKERS 3-4pm
Artists and writers Connie Samaras and Matias Viegener have a conversation with each other and audience members about local time, biography, and the passage of time, from the 1990s to now.