Queer Rebels – Transgressors film program

Transgressors

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

 

FU377, Neelu Bhuman

FU377, Neelu Bhuman

FU377

Neelu Bhuman
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, Irina Contreras

Queer Historical Mixtape – Part 1

Irina Contreras
2016, USA, video, color, sound, 18 min. NY Premiere

 

CLAVADO, Cristobal Guerra

CLAVADO

Cristobal Guerra
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, Thirza Cuthand

2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99

Thirza Cuthand
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!

 

Reveal, Nao Bustamante

Reveal

Nao Bustamante
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.

 

Queen Down, West Vargina (Heather María Ács) & Sequinette Jaynesfield

Queen Down

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, Tina Takemoto

Warning Shot: The Killing of James Wakasa

Tina Takemoto
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.

 

Trouble the Water, Naima Lowe

Hearing in the Dark

Naima Lowe
2017, USA, video, color, sound, 2 min. World Premiere

A meditation on blackness, diasporic longing, and the natural world.

 

Queer Historical Mixtape, Celeste Chan

Queer Historical Mixtape – Part 2

Celeste Chan
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