“United In Anger” is a new documentary about the era of the AIDS activism movement in New York City and its battles, 30 years after the discovery of HIV. The film has been finished this December after 10 years of production and is supposed to premiere at this year’s Berlinale. More about “United In Anger” on the movie’s website (where you can also still donate for it) and on its Facebook page.
+++ Planningtorock has recently released a new free song: “My Valuable Hunting Knife” is a cover of Guided By Voices and part of the free “DFA Shamash Hits 2011 Collection“, which you should really check out if you haven’t yet. You can stream and download the song right here:
+++ The fashion brand Hood By Air has just released a pretty crazy free hip hop mixtape called “Swagot Thrilltape”. You can download it from their website.
+++ For their new single “Shady Love” the Scissor Sisters have teamed up with Azealia Banks, a 20-year-old rapper and lyricist from NYC and producer Alex Ridha from Boyz Noise. The song is not really my thing, but if you’re curious what this strange combination sounds like you can watch the new video to the song on YouTube (if you wonder who is “Krystal Pepsy” – it’s Jake Shears’ DJ side project)
+++ I guess I’m a little late with this video for the song “Stay In Touch” by a Sydney based beary electro pop duo called Garçon Garçon, which was already released in October. Nathan Mahon and Nick Tsirimokos (the guy on top, picture by Elvis Di Fazio) will release a full EP on the 14th of February. You can listen to two demo songs of Garçon Garçon from early 2011 on BIGSTERO.
The French-German tv channel arte has shown a really beautiful dance short film by choreographer and director Hans Beenhakker yesterday. Bennhakker who used to be a member of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble. “Shake Off” premiered in 2007, it was recorded in one shot and shows dancer Prince Credell moving through different times and spaces. You can stream it for free within the next 7 days, I hope the video works outside of France and Germany. It can also be found on the “Essential Dance Film” collection, a selection of award-winning dance movies that can be streamed and bought on Amazon (US only).
A few days ago the NY Times has published this article by author Nelson George, who tries to outline a new black movement in cinema, that especially embraces “thorny issues of identity, alienation and sexuality”. George characterizes this “mini-movement” by taking a closer look at the movie “Pariah” by director Dee Rees, which celebrates its official US release next week. “Pariah” premiered at Sundance this year and portrays the adolescence of a 17-year-old African-American called Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), who has just started to embrace her sexual identity and has to deal with family pressures. You find the trailer for Pariah below, as well as the one for “Gun Hill Road” by Rashaad Ernesto Green, a second movie that is being highlighted in the article. “Gun Hill Road” tells the story of a father-son relationship that is going through tough times after a young man starts exploring and living out his trans identity, while his father, who has returned home from prison after three years, can’t really let go of his ideas of manhood and masculinity. The film doesn’t seem to have a proper release date, yet but with a little luck you may be able to see it at a film festival near your town sometime soon.
Via Todd / J’Kerian.
Since we first announced the debut of William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, it has gone on to screen at a number of worldwide festivals, earning loads of positive reviews across the lands. In January, nearly two years later, the acclaimed documentary on the Naked Lunch author is finally getting a proper German release. The film — the full-length directorial debut from Yony Leyser — includes previously unseen footage of Burroughs plus new interviews with his friends and followers including John Waters, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Gus van Sant, as well as Patti Smith and Sonic Youth who contributed the soundtrack. MORE >>>
In his performances Brazilian artist Michel Groisman extends his body with self-constructed machines, which intensify the movements of his body. About “Weaveair / Tear” from 2000/01 (duration: 1h 30 min) he writes: “The laser beam that comes out of my mouth is reflected in the mirrors on my body, producing geometric forms. The intensity of the ambient lighting slowly oscillates between clarity and darkness. In the apex of clarity the public sees only my body and in darkness, only the geometric forms.”
All pictures and videos via the artist’s website and his YouTube channel. I especially love his performance “Transference” from 1999. More about Groisman on culturebase.net.
I haven’t done this in a while, but i’ve stumbled upon so many interesting tumblrs recently that I thought it would be nice to resurrect the “Good Blogs” section. So here are 10 tumblrs that really have my appreciation (picture above via suk.me):
Butch Queen (Fashion, divaishness, camp other crazy stuff)
Preporno (“Art theory student trying to figure out political densities in pornography and post-pornography and homoerotism”)
Since 2009 my friend Todd and I have worked together on a couple of film projects in Berlin and have noticed that especially alternative and experimental queer films are hard to find in the city. We decided that we want to fill this gap by initiating a Queer Film Archive Berlin (QFAB) where hard-to-find queer films will be collected and available for people to borrow. We’ve now finally brought the idea to kickstarter, hoping that we will get together sufficient donations buy a collection of films, which we want make available for rent at QFAB with payment on a voluntary basis. The money we receive from renters will allow us to buy new films so that the size of the archive is constantly growing. Please check out our kickstarter site and the handmade little video below for more information, and support our project, especially when you’re from Berlin. Donations, re-postings and new films for the archive are highly appreciated!
“When I discovered that the Baptist Campground where I had camped as a boy scout was now a gay campground I was in awe. As a boy growing up in the backwoods of Florida I felt that I was the only person in the world afflicted with same sex attraction. I didn’t even have words for my feelings and I was terrified of being found out and cast out.
As an adult, I was giddy with the realization that my childhood fantasies and prayers for a safe zone had manifested in the very space that was once a source of torment. The fact that this haven exists in what is still a hostile redneck environment gave me hope and gave me pause. Returning to the campground, I discovered a group of “good ole boys” who, despite the dangers outside the gates, were ready to play and willing to be subjects in my photographs.”
“In this body of work I am intentionally revisiting childhood memories, restaging and reclaiming the stories that make up my formative years. Owning the stories in a new way, in the physical realm as a photograph, transforms how I experience these memories. Through the process of illuminating my past I have nullified a constant source of fear and a nagging sense of unease that has impacted my life. These little rituals, made with friends and strangers alike, aim to do more than just reclaim a lost childhood; they strive to show the humanity in all of us, outcasts or not.”
We are excited to present our third voting for the most beautiful, most clever and/or most challenging queer and/or gender-bending music video posted on Catch Fire in 2011. You find our 12 contestants below the jump, don’t forget to take your time and check them out before you make your vote! The competition will run for three weeks. This year the winner will receive a hand-made price, which will be revealed as soon as the winner is found. Here we go:
Vote for your favourite CF music video 2011!
Light Asylum – Dark Allies (12%, 18 Votes)
MEN – Who Am I To Feel So Free (7%, 10 Votes)
Miracles Club - Light Of Love (Cut Copy Re-Vision) (3%, 4 Votes)
Aérea Negrot - It's Lover, Love (32%, 49 Votes)
Jessica 6 feat. Antony – Prisoner Of Love (7%, 10 Votes)
Jolly Goods – Try (11%, 17 Votes)
Alien Alien – Sambaca (14%, 21 Votes)
Gio Black Peter – Revolving Door (New Fuck New York) (3%, 4 Votes)