Afro-Asian Visions: Exploding Lineage II

Afro-Asian Visions: Exploding Lineage II

Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: The MIX Factory
521 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

TICKETS: $13
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

Reveries & Rage

Reveries & Rage

REVERIES AND RAGE: On Colonization and Survival

An Evening of Queer and Trans* People of Color-centered performance and community discussion

Women’s Building of San Francisco
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

October 26, 2013
Doors: 7:30pm
Performances: 8:00pm

Performances by:

Celeste Chan

Alice Choe

Fredrick Cloyd

Kyle Casey Chu

Jezebel Delilah X (JDX)

Thao P. Nguyen

Mauro Sifuentes

Manish Vaidya

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and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive

-Audre Lorde

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As Queer and Trans* People of Color (QTPOC), our lives are rooted in deep histories as well as present-day struggles, against political, economic, psychological, and spiritual forces that have sought to assimilate and annihilate us along with our peoples. The world has been systematically configured to undo us, to wretch us from local knowledge, to colonize our lands and our imaginations. The tenacity of hegemony means that as QTPOC, every day of our lives is in some way or another confronted with the pervasive violence of systemic whiteness, heteronormativity and homophobia, cis-normativity and transphobia, all configured through other elements of our diverse lives: religion and/or spirituality, class, nationality,…the list is long.

As Audre Lorde reminds us, ‘We were never meant to survive.’ And we mourn that many of our own have fallen. But we are here. We have survived, we continue to fight: for rights, for visibility, for equity, for decolonization, for our own places in the world, for our voices to be heard and listened to.

We rage. We rage big for the heartbreak of our ancestors that still rings deep in us; for the violations of our bodies, our spirit practices, our livelihoods; violations that have worked to sever the fabric of our communities. We rage at the mandate for our docility; our insipid mediocrity; our forgetting, our submission. And we refuse it.

And we dream. We dream of change and beauty and self-love and loving others and full bellies and clean waters and growing healthy, fierce children and community prosperity. We dream of not just cultural survival but cultural thriving. We dream of a more just world all around us. And we see dreaming as a vital birthplace of social change. Dreaming begets thought and action.

Two elements of our ongoing practices—for our survival, our defiance, our blooming, for justice. With the vigor of our loving fury, this is: REVERIES AND RAGE.

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Tickets

$10-15 in advance / online
$15 at the door
reveriesrage.brownpapertickets.com

Want to see the show, but can’t afford the ticket? Email contact@thaosolo.com ASAP for more info on our volunteer opportunities and our limited low-income complimentary tickets.

Notes

Please be on time. No late admittance after 8:10pm. The Women’s Building is wheel-chair accessible. Fragrance-free event. Alcohol-free and substance-free event. Thank you for helping us make this event as accessible as possible.

APATURE: featured group Queer Rebels

Queer Rebels is a featured group for APATURE, Kearny St Workshop’s Asian American Arts Festival.

Date: Oct 20, 2013
Time: 3pm – 6pm
Location: Bindlestiff Studios
185 Sixth Street at Howard Street in San Francisco’s South-of-Market Area
Wheelchair Accessible
Click for Tickets: $8
Check out the Facebook invite

ABOUT KEARNY STREET WORKSHOP

Founded in 1972, during the height of the Asian American Movement, Kearny Street Workshop is the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country.

WHAT WE DO: ​Offering classes and workshops, salons and student presentations, as well as professionally curated and produced exhibitions, performances, readings and screenings, KSW makes artists out of community members and community members out of artists. For the past 41 years, KSW has nurtured creative spirit, offered an important platform for new voices to be heard, and connected artists with community.

MISSION & VISION:​ Our mission is to present, produce, and promote art that empowers Asian Pacific American communities, with the ultimate vision of a more just society that fully incorporates our historical roots, cultural values, and contemporary issues.

Indiana University Presentation: Exploding Lineage!: Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media

Indiana University Presentation: Exploding Lineage!: Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media

QUEER REBELS

Exploding Lineage!: Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media
Friday, October 11, 2013, 6:30pm
Indiana University Cinema

Featuring innovative work by a diverse group of media artists, Exploding Lineage explores the complexities of identity construction in African, Asian, and Latino queer diasporas. Curated for the 25th MIX NYC queer experimental film festival, the program includes KB Boyce’s Bulldagger Women and Sissy Men, a tribute to queer artists of the Harlem Renaissance, and Celeste Chan’s Bloodlines, a lyrical recognition of Chinese immigrants detained on Angel Island due to the Chinese Exclusion Act. These selections question conventions, bringing to light queer contributions to the American past while asserting a vibrant existence in the present. Filmmakers and curators KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, of Queer Rebel Productions, are scheduled to be present. This event is part of the Underground Film Series. (2K DCP. 80 min. Not Rated.)

The Exploding Lineage!: Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media event is co-sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, Bloomington PRIDE, Center for the Study of Global Change, Department of African American and African Diapsora Studies, Department of American Studies, Department of Communication and Culture, Department of Gender Studies, East Asian Studies Center, Film and Media Studies program, and GLBT Student Support Services.

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