Afro-Asian Visions: Exploding Lineage II
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: The MIX Factory
521 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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