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
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
Queer Rebels presents ANCIENT FUTURE films at the 27th MIX NYC Festival!
November 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
337 Butler Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
ANCIENT FUTURE: From a queer apocalyptic land, to a 70 year-old bodybuilder, to a young girl fleeing Iran at night, what does our collective future/freedom look like? ANCIENT FUTURE is irreverent, rejecting exotification – and paying homage to the wisdom of our ancestors and homelands. ANCIENT FUTURE – we claim it queer with these cosmic creations.
About Queer Rebels: Artists KB Boyce and Celeste Chan founded Queer Rebels in 2008. Their vision: break down doors for queer/trans artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future. www.queerrebels.com and www.facebook.com/QRProductions —KB Boyce & Celeste Chan, guest curators.
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 15 min, NY Premiere
One magical full moon night, Tara and her mother must flee Iran through the desert, in search of freedom, and with hope for a more liberated life but first, they must let go, unite and let the knowledge of their ancestors guide them.
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min, World Premiere
“There’s so many realities….to navigate at any given moment.” “Keep It In, Keep It Out” is the title track from Wizard Apprentice’s newest album, due to be released in Fall/Winter of 2014.
2011, USA, video, color, sound, 6 min, NY Premiere
This experimental animation introduces the audience to two queer characters struggling with the aftermath of apocalyptic disaster. What does ‘the end of the world’ really mean? How might we radically ‘queer’ our relationship to the earth in the face of human-caused destruction?
MOON RAY RA & KB Boyce
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min, NY Premiere
“People have the misconception that age makes you old,” says Sonny, a 70 year-old African American bodybuilder. Set to an experimental soundtrack, this film is a meditation on aging and mortality.
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 5 min, NY Premiere
What histories do we inherit, and what do we need to create? This film is an unfinished question.
Black Salt Collective
2014, video, color, sound, 7 min, NY Premiere
Sarah Sass Biscarra-Dilley, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Grace Rosario Perkins, and Adee Roberson. Black Salt embodies cultural and contemporary narratives. The work is cultural, but not “cultural” in the anthropological sense of the word, as cultural art is often seen through a Western lens. Black Salt calls on ancestral and embodied knowledge with the intention of creating a vibrant future in which complex identities can coexist. Originally a performance component, “We Come from Earth, We Come from Space” features footage from six hours of tape filmed on location throughout the Southwest and the homesites of one member. Black Salt Collective’s upcoming web based project will use non-linear and experimental narratives to create a working archive exploring themes such as creation stories, language, memory, and ritual. Music by Mother Popcorn and Jeepneys.
2014, USA, video, color, sound, NY Premiere
A cosmic romance uncharted as the infinity of the universe: “I set the controls for the heart of the universe, You broke down near a shanty town…”
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 7 min, NY Premiere
Fiercely honest, ABSENCE is a quest – for community, for visibility, for that queer fat API femme-utopia.
Jeepneys & Low Leaf
2014, USA, video, color, sound, 4 min, NY Premiere
Jeepneys and Low Leaf, cosmic parrot sisters of the infinince, forever frolicking upon the nebular fields of the many dimensions we inhabit, intersect heartminds and find a universe of creatures. Together they dance joyfully between the folds of space and time. Low Leaf, an eternally expansive being, Earth’s beloved fairy swung from a crescent moon, beacon of divine ancestoric light force! As she climbs the palm tree of divine destiny she meets Jeepneys on the other side. Jeepneys, the alien bird mestiza, whose laughter creates stars across a void. Eyeing each other through the pyramid of palms, they see that they have been together since before the beginning of time. WE DO NoT PLACE ANY HIERARCHY TO TIME NOR SPACE NOR FLESH. OUR GARDENS LIVE ON METEORS AND MOONS. WE GIVE BIRTH TO UNIVERSES AND THEY GIVE BIRTH TO US.
Afro-Asian Visions: Exploding Lineage II
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: The MIX Factory
521 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
The 26th MIX Festival will be from November 12-17, 2013
QPOC EXPERIMENTAL FILMS! What histories do we inherit, and what do we need to create? Queer Rebels is thrilled to return after our 2012 MIX NYC debut. Afrofuturism. The Asian avant-garde. Genderqueer love. Anarchy. Ancestral trauma. These films reflect the past and imagine our collective future.
FILMMAKERS (in order of appearance): KB Boyce, Elitrea Frye, Erica Cho, Leeroy Kun Young Kang, Vũ T. Thu Hà, Naima Lowe, Laura Kim, Celeste Chan, Vanessa Huang, Gary Fembot Gregerson, Brontez Purnell, Jerry Lee Abram, M. Lamar, Stephen Winter, Anna Luisa Jeepneys, Miki Yamada Foster, Yvette Choy, and Việt Lê.
ABOUT THE CURATOR(S): Queer Rebels Productions (QRP) showcases queer artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future. Queer Rebels is led by K.B. Boyce and Celeste Chan. www.queerrebels.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: MIX NYC is proud to present the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer-identified figures in avant-garde cinema. www.mixnyc.org
What histories do we inherit, and what do we need to create? Queer Rebels is thrilled to return after our 2012 MIX NYC debut. Afrofuturism. The Asian avant-garde. Genderqueer love. Anarchy. Ancestral trauma. These films reflect the past and imagine our collective future.
Queer Rebels is a production company founded by KB Boyce and Celeste Chan (). Queer Rebels Productions (QRP) showcases queer artists of color, connects generations and honors our histories with art for the future.
Curated by KB Boyce & Celeste Chan, guest curators. TRT: 70 min.
Persistence of Vision – KB Boyce & Elitrea Frye
2013, USA, video, color and B&W, sound, 4 min., World Premiere
Persistence of Vision seeks the intangible; it finds magic in the mundane. Original soundscape by E.K.B. (Boyce/Frye).
The Heart’s Mouth – Erica Cho
2013, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min., New York Premiere
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.
If I Found the Place – Leeroy Kun Young Kang
2012, USA, video, color, sound, 5 min., New York Premiere
Part serenade and part memoir, this video is a dedication to 1992, a K-pop idol, and “the boys.” Through a collage of found video footage, a mirrored dreamscape of fantasy and desire becomes transposed into a kaleidoscope of romantic bliss.
Each Night – Vũ T. Thu Hà
2001, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min., New York Premiere
The public and the private. The city and the bedroom. Super8mm film expresses the intimate roughness and the gritty softness of an urban love poem. Hand-processed late at night in a haunted photo dark room. Poem by Maiana Minahal.
Can’t Be Frantic – Naima Lowe
2010, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min., New York Premiere
You heard your feet dangling over the edge. Can’t feel without gravity. Can’t let ‘em see you sweat.
Marvelous Miramol – Laura Kim
2010, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min., New York Premiere
Miramol’s hypnotic journey to the subconscious involving narcissism and constant fascination towards the unknown. A site for self-reflection.
sour plum blues – K. Boyce, Celeste Chan & Vanessa Huang
2013, USA, video, color, sound, 5 min., New York Premiere
An imagined moment in Chinese American history, featuring a butch barber during 1920s-30s San Francisco.
Free Jazz PT II [excerpt] – Gary Fembot Gregerson, Brontez Purnell & Jerry Lee Abram
2011, USA, 16mm-to-video, B&W, sound, 5 min., New York Premiere
Electric-60s experimental choreography from a collaborative, multi-part film.
Birthmarks [excerpt] – Naima Lowe
2007, USA, video, color, sound, 7 min., New York Premiere
Birthmarks is an experimental non-fiction film about how Bill Lowe got beat up by the Newark police during the riots in 1967, and how he spent much of his life telling the tale to his daughter. Using archival footage, interviews, video, 16mm film, performances and writing by Bill and Naima Lowe, this film is about how fathers and daughters make beauty out of trauma and art out of living. Excerpt of a 29 min. piece.
Speculum Orum – M. Lamar & Stephen Winter
2013, USA, video, B&W, sound, 5 min., New York Premiere
Speculum Orum or Speculum Oris refers to a device used on slave ships to hold open the mouths of enslaved Africans force feeding those who refused food. In this film, M. Lamar wants to understand this history through his black body and the body of his white male friend, and also play with role reversals.
Malaysian Memories I – Celeste Chan
2013, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min., World Premiere
Sizzle. Pop. Fry. Projections of wok cooking, recalling the Japanese occupation of Malaysia during WWII.
Lamka Lamsa – Jeepneys
2013, USA, video, color, sound, 3 min., New York Premiere
Lamka Lamsa is a term that comes from the distant future, describing a kind of nostalgia or longing for a culture that has been destroyed or lost. The term can also describe a method of time traveling to the past in order to enjoy one’s ancestral practices. For example, going back in time to enjoy foods that you and/or your grandmothers used to eat but do not exist anymore in the future. Background footage shot in the Philippines. Thank you Manila, Cebu, and Bohol. Music: “Rawroo” (excerpt) and “Lamka Lamsa.”
queer daikaiju – Miki Foster
2013, USA, video, color, sound, 10 min., New York Premiere
Big Mysterious Monster // issei anarchists // queer mega shadows in violent acts of failure.
I Thought I Found You But v1.0 – Yvette Choy
2013, USA, video, color, sound, 7 min., New York Premiere
I Thought I Found You But v1.0, 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.
Love Bang – Việt Lê
2012, USA, video, color, sound, 6 min., New York Premiere
Saturated with eye-popping colors and insatiable desires, Lê’s “sexperimental” music video examines historical trauma, collective memory and the effects of rapid modernization in Cambodia and Vietnam. Original Trilingual “Hip Pop” Love Song: Khmer, English, Vietnamese