Arisa White

Arisa White is a Cave Canem graduate poet and the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, A Penny Saved, and You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. Her poetry has been nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, the 82nd California Book Awards, the Wheatley Book Awards, and the 29th Lambda Literary Award. Her chapbook “Fish Walking” and Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won Daniel Handler’s inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. She is a member of the board of directors for Nomadic Press and a recipient of grants and scholarships from the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, the Center for Cultural Innovation, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Poets & Writers, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, which is a series of poetic collaborations with QTPOC artists, community organizations, and businesses that spotlight the narratives and experiences of queer and trans people of color. arisawhite.com

Queer Rebel Productions: our mission is to showcase queer and trans artists of color, connect generations, and honor our histories with art for the future.

Queer Rebels Fest 2017!

QUEER REBELS FEST 2017

June 30-July 1
African American Art and Culture Complex
wheelchair accessible
7:30pm
$12-25, NOTA
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queer-rebels-fest-tickets-33985209677

This year Queer Rebels Fest teams up with Foglifter Journal for 2 nights of subversive performance featuring a different cast each night! Join us in celebrating queer & transgender artists of color AND our stories of resistance.

Queer Rebels returns with timely political work (Orlando, Black Lives Matter); in Trump times, we transgress, we cross, we border, we resist, we deviate! Whitewashing, both historical and present, changes Puerto Rico’s culture. A 2 Spirit infomercial provides tongue-in-cheek survival strategies. Trouble the Water asks, in a climate of police brutality and the enduring legacies of slavery, is there a place where Black people can breathe on earth? Post-Orlando, Queer Historical Mixtape reminds us that we can mend our broken places.

Queer Rebels’ Vision: Founded in late 2008 by artists KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, Queer Rebels showcases queer/trans artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future.

May 29-30: QUEER REBELS FEST – San Francisco

4. Queer Rebels - Wizard Apprentice courtesy of the artist

May 29-30: Introducing….QUEER REBELS FEST! Two nights of provocative performance by queer and trans artists of color! From the Third World Student strikes to LA Riots to Black Lives Matter movement, we examine spaces of separation and solidarity among communities of color. “A new and ripe realm for building power, community, and visibility” – Bitch Magazine

“This is the queer future. We’re not waiting for it, we’re building it.” – Autostraddle

WHEN: May 29-30, 2015. Doors 7pm, Show at 7:30pm. $12-25 no one turned away

WHERE: African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593776877536152/

TICKETS: FRI MAY 29: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1568321

SAT MAY 30: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1558606

MORE INFO: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/QRPRODUCTIONS

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Queer Cultural Center co-present QUEER REBELS FEST 2015!

 

ARTIST BIOS:

Ryka Aoki has been honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” Her chapbook Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines, won RADAR Productions’ 2010 Eli Coppola Award. Her collection, Seasonal Velocities was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Nonfiction. Her novel, He Mele a Hilo (Topside Signature Press) is being released as you read this. Ryka also appears in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press), Transfeminist Perspectives (Temple University), and The Collection (Topside Press). Ryka is also head instructor of Supernova Martial Arts, whose mission is to empower LGBT youth through martial arts and self-defense. She is a former national judo champion and the founder of the International Transgender Martial Arts Alliance. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College and of Queer Studies at Antioch University. www.rykaryka.com (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Wizard Apprentice Black Futurist. Digital Folk Artist. Music & Video Producer. Wizard Apprentice is a shapeshifting benevolent demon who uses sound to creep into the interior worlds of others. Although her long broad nose might suggest wizard heritage, she is not actually a wizard. Rather, she’s a student of many generous wizard friends whose wisdom helps her navigate (and tolerate) life as human. Her music is influenced by smooth jazz and super NES game soundtracks. Her sun sign is Aquarius/Pisces, which might explain the simultaneously detached and deeply intimate quality of her songs. You can tell she’s a demon because her hands look older than they should. Next time you see her, sneak a look at her hands. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Erika Vivianna Céspedes is a first generation Colombian artist, writer, youth worker, and organizer. She enjoys all things related to cumbia and Spanglish, and currently mentors high school youth with the Oakland migrant youth collective, 67 Sueños, and as a Program Associate of Youth Development for the literary arts organization, Youth Speaks. Since last year’s SQD showcase, Erika has been invited to lecture and share this project on panels at The Allied Media Conference in Detroit, The AJAAS Conference at The University of New Mexico, and The University of San Francisco. She is ecstatic to see the community support gathered around this series and is constantly inspired by the migrante, mujeres, jota, & youth communities around her. (Photo credit: Stories of Queer Diaspora)

Frederick Douglas Kakinami Cloyd was born in Japan shortly after the U.S. Occupation officially ended. His African-American/Cherokee father was an occupation soldier in Korea and Japan while Fredrick’s mother—a Japanese/Chinese/Austro-Hungarian girl of the war-ruins was from an elite nationalist family in Japan. Transnational racisms and sexisms during the rise of U.S. and Japanese global stature present a foundation through which Fredrick weaves his stories of memory and family history. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Lisa Evans is a qpoc actress, poet, youth development worker and a lover of bad horror movies/ good comics. Based out of Oakland, CA, Lisa has performed with several different Bay Area arts organizations and has also represented the broader Bay Area at the 2010 and 2012 National Poetry slam. Lisa most recently performed as a part of Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist-Comics Rise Up and as an ensemble cast member in The Love Balm For My Spirit Child, a theatrical performance based on the testimonies of Bay Area mothers who have lost children to violence. They can also be seen in award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Dunye’s short film Black Is Blue. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Lares Feliciano is a queer, bi-racial Puerto Rican artist, filmmaker and writer. She holds her M.F.A. in Cinema Production from San Francisco State University and served as the Artist in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. It is her goal as a filmmaker to tell queer stories, untold stories, and to make space for communities often left out of mainstream media. Currently in development: LAND: a feature narrative that takes place in the western landscape of the post-apocalyptic future and EL GRITO DE LARES: an animation that tells the story of the Puerto Rican revolution after which the filmmaker is named. www.laresfeliciano.com (Image credit: LAND film still)

Baruch Porras Hernandez has performed his writing all over California. He’s featured at poetry events in Canada, Washington D.C. NYC, from Museums to barbershops, to universities and even caves. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, his work can be found in several anthologies, like Assaracus , issue 17th with Sibling Rivalry Press, and Aim for the Head the Zombie Poetry Anthology, Multiverse the Super Hero Anthology both with Write Bloody Publishing. He’s performed at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, SOMArts, Counter Pulse, told stories with The Shout, is a winner of Best of Bawdy Storytelling, and is a winner of The Moth Storytelling Contest in L.A. He represented San Francisco in the The Moth’s Grand Championship in L.A. and finished in second place. He’s featured at Writers with Drinks, SF Write Club, and Marga Gomez’s Performerama. For the past 6 years he’s been the curator and head organizer for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic and has organized and hosted literary shows with KQED. To find out more, go to baruchporrasherandez.wordpress.com. He was born in Toluca, Mexico and likes gummy bears. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Việt is an artist, writer, and independent curator. Dr. Lê is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Studies Program | Visual & Critical Studies Graduate Program at California College of the Arts. He has exhibited and lectured on his work in Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. Lê has been published in positions: asia critiqueCrab Orchard Review; American Quarterly; Amerasia Journal; Art Journal; Newsweek Asia; and the anthologies Writing from the Perfume RiverStrange CargoThe Spaces Between Us;Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; among others. He is a reviews co-editor (with Laura Kina) of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill). He is a board member of DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network).  vietle.net (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Lambert Moss hails from New York, New York where he drew inspiration from his time in musical theater and from some of the fiercest drag queens ever. He is now happy to call San Francisco his adopted home. In San Francisco he has performed at CounterPULSE in “Precious Drop” with the Jaara Dance Project and sung back up at The Rrazz Room for a wide range of acts including Justin Bond. You can see Lambert on select friday nights at “SOME THING” belting it out and making his drag mom David GLAMAMORE proud. (Photo credit: Robbie Sweeny)

Persia was born from the burgeoning creative mind of a child in South Central Los Angeles. With degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Art Institute in one hand, and a few pairs of heels in the other, she set out to conquer and revolutionize the drag community. Persia began performing weekly at Esta Noche, the recently closed Latino gay bar in San Francisco. Whilst performing at events around the Bay Area, in Los Angeles, and Mexico —including a few quinceañeras—Persia has also curated art shows, done stand-up, appeared on a few television shows, modeled, and has represented SFMOMA by transforming into Matisse’s “Woman with a hat.” (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Elena Rose, a Filipina-Ashkenazi trans lesbian mestiza, is a writer, scholar, and survivor from rural Oregon. Dedicated to the project of radical love for those who live at the edges, Rose writes online as “little light” and tours nationally preaching and educating.  She co-curated and headlined the popular National Queer Arts Festival production, Girl Talk: A Cis and Trans Woman Dialogue, and was a founding member of the Speak! Radical Women of Color Media Collective. Her writing has found its way everywhere from law school classrooms and academic conferences to bathroom mirrors and protest marches. Rose currently resides in northern California, where she stays busy being in good stories; she carries a pen, her ancestors, and the mismatched ID of a citizen of the borderlands with her at all times. (Photo credit: Martin Bustamante)

Kevin Simmons is a writer, musician and filmmaker originally from New Orleans. His books include the poetry collection Mad for Meat and two edited works, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof. He wrote the music for the Emmy Award-winning documentary Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica and the stage work Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse, which ran at the National Black Theatre Festival and the FOKAL Centre (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) and was featured on PBS NewsHour. His fellowships and commissions include those from Cave Canem, Creative Work Fund, Fulbright, Pulitzer Center and San Francisco Arts Commission. He spends his time in San Francisco and Japan. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

SPULU, grew up in Oakland, CA where he discovered dance at a very early age. Dance not only became an escape from the violence he was experiencing at home and in his neighborhood, but developed into a passion. SPULU started learning Pacific Islander Cultural movements from his mother. As he got older he started exploring other dance genres such as ballet, modern, jazz, african, and other cultural dance styles. Since then SPULU has danced for multiple dance companies in the bay area: Future Shock Oakland, Destiny Arts, Chapkis Dance, and is now currently dancing with City College of San Francisco Strong Pulse Dance Company and Culture Shock Oakland. He is the Director for Future Shock Oakland and founder for House of Chiefs (HOC). His dance style is a modern contemporary fusion of Pacific Islander Cultural movement and hip hop. In the future, SPULU hopes to finish school and open a visual and performing arts school for low-income students. (Photo credit: Stories of Queer Diaspora)

Queer Rebels Co-Director: KB Boyce is a two-spirit musician whose adventures have brought hir from teenage punk band appearances at CBGB in NY, to B-grade horror movies in LA, and on to solo drag king blues performance as TuffNStuff in San Francisco. KB pays Afropunk homage to African-American and Indigenous legacies of resistance through art. MOON RAY RA is a collaboration and collage of experimental sound, text, and image. MOON RAY RA creates “space/time/travel” with KB Boyce and Celeste Chan. (Photo credit: Lydia Daniller)

Queer Rebels Co-Director: Celeste Chan is an experimental artist, writer, and organizer. Schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx NY, she is a Hedgebrook, Lambda Literary, and VONA alumni. Her writing can be found in: Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, As/us literary journal, Cream City Review’s genrequeer folio, Feminist Wire, Glitterwolf, Hyphen Magazine, Matador, and the anthology Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Trans-Genre Press). Her films have screened in CAAMFest, Digital Desperados, Entzaubert, Frameline, Heels on Wheels, MIX NYC, National Queer Arts Festival, Queer Women of Color Film Festival, and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, among others. www.celestechan.com (Photo credit: Nogga Schwartz)

THANK YOU to our funders:

API Cultural Center’s United States of Asian America Festival, and Queer Cultural Center’s National Queer Arts Festival present QUEER REBELS FEST. Thank you to our sponsors: Horizons Foundation, Red Envelope Giving Circle, SF Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Fund, and generous community donors!

11/12/2014 – Queer Rebels presents ANCIENT FUTURE films at the 27th MIX NYC Festival

Queer Rebels presents ANCIENT FUTURE films at the 27th MIX NYC Festival!
November 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
MIX HIVE
337 Butler Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
USA
$13

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.

Guest curator:

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.

Desert Lullabies

Monely Soltani
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.

Keep It In, Keep It Out

Wizard Apprentice
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.

Land

Lares Feliciano
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?  

Words of Sonny

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.

Finding Home

Celeste Chan
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.

We Come From Earth, We Come From Space

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.

Molten Tea

Laura Kim
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…”

ABSENCE: no fats, no femmes, no Asians

Celeste Chan
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.

We are Mangos

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.
5/31-6/1: SPIRIT: Queer AAPI Artivism in the National Queer Arts Festival

5/31-6/1: SPIRIT: Queer AAPI Artivism in the National Queer Arts Festival

May 31
SPIRIT: Queer AAPI ArtivismPerformance Night
AAACC
762 Webster St, SF
8pm.
$12-$20.  Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/672093

June 1
SPIRIT: Queer AAPI Artivism – Films
ATA
992 Valencia St, SF
3-5pm
$7-$10 sliding scale. Tickets available at the door.

Queer Rebels presents SPIRIT: Queer Asian, Arab, and Pacific Islander Artivism. A rainbow of rabble-rousers. From the Arab Spring to Angel Island to Third World Liberation, these untold queer stories spring to life. Come see fresh performance and film/video from Asian, Arab, and Pacific Islanders artivists! Facebook invite

“a new and ripe realm for building power, community, and visibility” – Bitch Magazine

May 31: Performing artists include: BELLOWS, Elena Rose, Erin O’Brien, Heaven Mousalem, Maryam Rostami, MOON RAY RA, and Ryka Aoki! Bios below:

Bellows is a queer bay-area-native drag performance duo, featuring songwriter, Kyle Casey Chu on vocals, and Rachel Waterhouse on keys. Their murder ballad sound has been likened to that
of Rufus Wainwright, Elton John and the late Freddie Mercury. They are committed to harping on their exes, publicly shaming gaycist queens and airing out only their moistest, most stinkiest laundry.

Elena Rose, a Filipina-Ashkenazic mixed-class trans dyke mestiza, is a writer, religion scholar, medic, and survivor from rural Oregon. Dedicated to the projects of radical love, community building, and media justice, she writes online as “little light” at http://takingsteps.blogspot.com. She co-curates and headlines the five-years-running National Queer Arts Festival production, Girl Talk: A Cis and Trans Woman Dialogue. Her writing has found its way everywhere from law school classrooms and academic conferences to bathroom mirrors and protest marches. Rose currently resides in northern California, where she studies, organizes, and stays busy being in good stories; she carries a pen, her ancestors, and the mismatched ID of a citizen of the borderlands with her at all times.

Genevieve Erin O’Brien is a Vietnamese/Irish/American artist, culinary adventurer, community organizer, popular educator, incidental academic and occasional nanny to artists, activists, and academics alike.  She holds an MFA in Studio Art/Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  O’Brien was in Vietnam as a Fulbright Fellow in 2009 and 2010.  O’Brien uses performance, video and installation to explore notions of “home” and “homeland”.  As a mixed race child of Vietnamese immigrant mother and an Irish-American father, she investigates issues such as war and memory, transnational identity and belonging, and multiple identities and its attendant baggage.  Using food, humor, narrative and conceptual structures, she develops work that is invested in collective healing from trauma, whether personal or inherited to further social justice and cultural understanding.  Her conceptual and durational performances, as well as installations and videos have been presented at galleries and public venues in numerous cities including Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and across the US in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC.  Her current performance series GEO Home and GEO work, explore the relationships we have to home and labor through food.

Heaven Mousalem is a dancer and performing artist trained in Modern Arabic Stage Style™ by the legendary Shabnam of Oakland, CA. She performs weekly throughout the Bay Area and is the Executive Director of Ooh La La Bellydance and Shabnam Dance Company. Known for her dynamic movements, flexibility, and charisma, she hopes to bring a greater appreciation of this often misunderstood art form to her audience. Shimmy on! http://www.heavenbellydancer.com

Maryam Farnaz Rostami is a San Francisco-based contemporary performance artist, director, and writer originally from Texas. She is the child of model minorities.  She uses lipsync, movement,narrative, dance and an exaggerated high femme medium to play, destroy and create. Maryam is a co-founder of the performance experiment Nicole Kidman is Fucking Gorgeous, which played winter 2013 at CounterPULSE, and her last evening length piece, PERSIAN LOOKING, played at CounterPULSE in the summer of 2012. She has played at ZSpace, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the De Young Museum, The Garage, The Stud, the Dana Street Theater, La Pena Theater, Root Division Gallery and Catherine Clarke Gallery. maryamrostami.com

MOON RAY RA is a collaboration and collage of experimental sound, text, and image. MOON RAY RA creates space/time/travel with KB Boyce and Celeste Chan.

KB Boyce is a Two-Spirit musician whose adventures have brought hir from teenage punk band appearances at CBGBs in NY, to B-grade horror movies in LA, and on to solo Drag King blues performance as TuffNStuff in San Francisco. S/he pays homage to African-American and Indigenous legacies of resistance through art. Boyce is the Co-Founder of Queer Rebels, a queer people of color arts company that connects generations – and honors our queer legacies with art for the future. www.queerrebels.com

Celeste Chan creates work born from Queer Diaspora through wit, words, and film. A Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) literary fellow, her writing is published in As/us literary journal and Feminist Wire. Her films have screened at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, MIX NYC, Frameline, and National Queer Arts Festival, among others. She’s honored to be the Co-Founder of Queer Rebels (a queer of color arts company), with her partner, KB Boyce. For more info: www.celestechan.com and www.facebook.com/QRProductions

Ryka Aoki has been honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” Her chapbook Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines, won RADAR Productions’ 2010 Eli Coppola Award. Her collection, Seasonal Velocities was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Nonfiction. Her novel, He Mele a Hilo (Topside Signature Press) is being released as you read this. Ryka also appears in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press), Transfeminist Perspectives (Temple University), and The Collection (Topside Press). She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College and coordinates the Queer Studies program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. www.rykaryka.com

 

June 1: Filmmakers include: Celeste Chan, Devyn Manibo, Gein Wong, Jeepneys, Kirthi Nath, Laura Kim, Riko Fluchel, and more! Bios below:

Celeste Chan is an Asian artivist and queer femme (you read that right). Her writing can be found in As/us literary journal and Feminist Wire. Her films have screened at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, MIX NYC, Frameline, Digital Desperados, and National Queer Arts Festival, among others. She’s honored to be the Co-Founder of Queer Rebels (a queer of color arts company), with her partner, KB Boyce. You can catch her new work in 2014 at CAAMFest (formerly known as SF Intl Asian American Film Festival), Queer Women of Color Film Festival, the San Francisco Public Library and beyond! For more info: www.celestechan.com and www.facebook.com/QRProductions

Devyn Manibo is a full time diva and East Coast based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in multi-media installation with a basis in diasporic affect, kinship, and queer narratives of home and trauma through a postcolonial/neocolonial lens. She creates and collaborates as a means of cultivating space for resistance, survival, and love for and by her communities. She believes in femme supremacy, and has a love for extravagance and the illusion of lavish. She can usually be found race raging, shade bending, and averting your settler colonialist gaze with a resting glare of displeasure.

Gein Wong is an interdisciplinary director, playwright, spoken word poet, composer and video artist. Her works focus on obvious things like gender, class and race….as well as things a little less obvious, like gender, class and race. She is a 2012-13 Canadian Stage RBC BASH Director in Residence, a 2013 Harbourfront Centre HATCH Resident Artist, a two-time Philadelphia Asian Arts Initiative Resident Artist and is collaborating on a New York HERE Arts Centre Residency. She was shortlisted for the Ontario KM Hunter Theatre Awards in Theatre (2010) and Literature (2013).  Her art have been shown and performed across Canada, in the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, East Asia and the United States. She is published in the Playwrights Canada Press Anthology Refractions Solo and is a featured artist in Diaspora Dialogues’ 5th Anniversary Commemorative Book. Gein is a New York Kundiman Poetry fellow and is featured on the Dig Your Roots Canadian Spoken Word CD. She has released two CDs Thousand Mile Voice and Burning Money for You which are a warm and distinctive blend of East Asian acoustic instruments and electronic brushed beats.  She is classically trained in piano and french horn and has trained with the erhu  (Chinese violin) virtuoso Shao Lin. Gein is the Artistic Director of Eventual Ashes, the Asian Arts Freedom School and a co-owner of the Gladday Bookshop. http://www.geinwong.com

Jeepneys is the musical and performance alias of Anna Luisa Petrisko, who uses science fiction in her work to broaden our imagination across literal and figurative borders and perform postcolonial critique. Jeepneys is named after the colorful and iconic public transportation vehicles that populate the Philippine islands, originating from discarded U.S. WWII army jeeps. In the spirit of that reinvention, Jeepneys uses earthly materials to create otherworldly sounds and art, manifesting “electro Pinayism waves” that travel beyond our known borders. She is constantly traveling through space, seeking the wisdom of the cosmos, and exploring the infinite possibilities to heal through art and music.

Jeepneys has exhibited at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and MOMA PS1, and was one of the artists commissioned to perform for The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: LA Modern Architecture. She has toured the United States and Europe as a solo performer (Jeepneys) several times. She is also one half of the performance and installation duet Mother Popcorn, along with artist Adee Roberson, and a member of an all women of color artist group, Black Salt Collective. She resides in Val Verde, CA, where she spends much of her time star-gazing and listening to the songs of the coyotes and owls.

Kirthi Nath makes films that seem spun from dreams. As an award-winning independent filmmaker, Kirthi has established a body of creative work that fluidly straddles genres, occupying a fertile landscape of cultural poetics, experimentalism, documentary and hybrid narrative. Tactile and dreamlike, her work explores storytelling, desire, spirituality, cultural identities and moments of being. Current projects include a series of multimedia projects about magical messages, creative presence and modern day mindfulness. In addition to her own artistic work, Kirthi is the creative director and lead filmmaker at Cinemagical Media, a media production company that collaborates with social entrepreneurs, values based companies and nonprofits to create films and movements for our evolving culture. www.cinemagicalmedia.com

Laura Hyunjhee Kim is an interdisciplinary artist who performs, makes videos and collages digital images. She embraces absurdity and takes deep pleasure in surfacing the disjuncture in language, sound and movement. Her recent works have been subjected to her “It’s Complicated” love and hate relationship with the Internet. More: lauraonsale.com

Riko Fluchel is a 23 year old graduate of Hampshire College, where he studied Queer FIlipin@ Studies, Creative Writing, and a dash of film/performance. His theoretical and artistic work explores temporality, postcolonialism, melancholy, feminist political philosophy, haunting, and all the pain and beauty of diasporic experience and identity. His goal is to one day become a community accountable scholar and artist. He currently lives in Oakland, CA.

 

Queer Rebels Mission: Founded in late 2008 by artists KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, Queer Rebels breaks down doors for queer/trans artists of color, connects generations, and honors our histories with art for the future. Queer Rebels has four main programs: Queer Harlem (now in its 5th year); SPIRIT: Queer Asian, Arab, and Pacific Islander Artivism; Exploding Lineage experimental films; and multi-ethnic QTPOC Salon shows.