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.
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