Afro-Asian Visions: Queer Rebels @ MIX NYC (Nov 13)


This year’s MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival No 26 will take place between November 12 and 17, and like every year the program is simply amazing – you should really check it out if you live in New York City or happen to be around. We especially recommend the evening of the 13th, a short film night featuring films by queer artists of color: “Afro-Asian Visions: Exploding Lineage II” was curated by the Queer Rebels Productions, a production company from the SF Bay Area, which aims to highlight queer artists of color and their work though films and events. It’s founders, artists KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, have already contributed to last year’s MIX and have again curated a screening that puts the  experimental work by Queer African American and Asian artists into the spotlight, featuring especially contemporary works by artist such as Jeepneys (see video still on top), M. Lamar (who’s new video we just premiered) or Brontez Purnell. For more information about the event please visit the MIX NYC website, I’ve also posted a list of the feature films commented by the curators below.

Afro-Asian Visions: Exploding Lineage II Films include:

Persistence of vision (KB Boyce and Elitrea Frye) seeks the intangible; it finds magic in the mundane.

The Heart’s Mouth (Erica Cho): An excerpt from Cho’s forthcoming experimental film Golden Golden, this lush, short scene of Edwardian fantasia celebrates nature, poetry and queer-transgender desire.

If I Found the Place (Leeroy Kun Young Kang). 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): The public and the private. The city and the bedroom. Hand-processed late at night in a haunted photo dark room.

Can’t be Frantic (Naima Lowe). You heard your feet dangling over the edge. Can’t feel without gravity. Can’t let ‘em see you sweat.

Marvelous Miramol (Laura Kim). Miramol’s hypnotic journey to the subconscious involving narcissism and constant fascination towards the unknown. A site for self-reflection.

sour plum blues (K. BoyceCeleste Chan, Vanessa Huang). An imagined moment in Chinese American history, featuring a butch barber during 1920’s-30’s San Francisco.

Free Jazz PT II (Gary Gregerson, Brontez Purnell and Jerry Lee Abram). Free Jazz is electric-60’s experimental choreography. Excerpt from a collaborative, multi-part film.

Birthmarks (Naima Lowe) 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 29 min piece.

Speculum Orum (film by M. Lamar, directed by Stephen Winter). 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). Sizzle. Pop. Fry. Projections of wok cooking, recalling the Japanese occupation of Malaysia during WWII.

Lamka Lamsa (Anna Luisa Jeepneys). 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.

queer daikaiju (Miki Foster). Big Mysterious Monster// issei anarchists // queer mega shadows in violent acts of failure.

I Thought I Found You But v1.0 (Yvette Choy, USA, 2013, video, color, sound, 5 mins, NY premiere), 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, USA, 2012, color, 6 mins, NY 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}

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