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Jun 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Northside Film Festival: Boy I Am | In Search of Avery Willard and Dzi Croquettes
With Sam Feder and Kristen Fitzpatrick
We are hosting more exciting documentary screenings with the Northside Film Festival on 6/18, 6/20 and 6/21. In addition to our screenings, our neighbors at Nitehawk Cinema and indieScreen are presenting films with the festival as well. See the complete festival line-up here.
Presented by Women Make Movies
Filmmaker, Sam Feder and Public Exhibition and Acquisitions Manager for Women Make Movies, Kristen Fitzpatrick will be in attendance for presentation and discussion.
An important exploration of issues rarely touched upon by most films portraying female-to-male (FTM) transgender experiences, this feature-length documentary sets itself apart from other recent films on this topic. Tackling the resistance of some women in feminists and lesbian communities who view FTM transitioning as at best a “trend” or at worst an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege, this groundbreaking film closeds up a dialog between the lesbian, feminist, and transgender communities while also promoting understanding of transgender issues for general audiences.
In the course of the film, three young transitioning FTMs in New York City- Nicco, Norie and Keegan- go through major junctures in their transitions, discussing everything from their relationships with their bodies, feminism, and the intersection of race and class with their transgender identity. Their stories are interspersed with interviews with lesbians, activists and theorists who engage with the often-contentious questions and issues that are raised within the queer and feminist communities but are rarely discussed closedly. Situating these struggles and stories as inextricably linked to queer and feminist struggles, Boy I Am presents an empowering chronicle of queer resistance that challenges all viewers to rethink their concepts of activism and identity.
8:30pm, In Search of Avery Willard and Dzi Croquettes
Presented by NewFest
Steve Mendelsohn from NewFest will be here to introduce as will Cary Kehayan (Director/Co-Producer), Amanda Hammett (Co-Producer), Lucas Joaquin (Executive Producer), Daniel Quinn (Composer, Original Score) will be in attendance for presentation and discussion.
In Search of Avery Willard is a portrait of one of queer art’s most fascinating and elusive innovators.
Broadway photographer, physique artist, gay activist, experimental filmmaker, drag historian, leatherman, pornographer: New York City artist Avery Willard produced a lifetime of historically significant work that has remained widely unseen for decades. Through rare interviews with collaborators, friends and preeminent film historians, documentarian Cary Kehayan traces Willard’s provocative career from the 1940s through the 1990s.
Featuring never-before-seen archival films & photographs, this revealing documentary tells the story of a forgotten trailblazer of the queer art movement – a man who was as ambitious as he was self-sabotaging.
Dzi Croquettes by Tatiana Issa and Raphael Alvarez, 110 minutes.
Presented by Cinema Tropical
Mary Jane Marcasiano, Director of Development and Special Events Advisor at Cinema Tropical and Steve Mendelsohn, Newfest board Co-president will be in attendance for presentation and discussion.
Dzi Croquettes, a Brazilian groundbreaking theater group, inspired the youth to resist the 1968 military censorship ban on freedom of speech during Brazil violent dictatorship.
Their innovative dance, hypnotic sensuality, humor, political satire, and explosive performances took Brazil and Europe by storm. Godmothered by Liza Minnelli (who is featured the movie along with other celebrities), the group attracted the international artistic elite as front-row fans.
“Dzi Croquettes is both a tribute and a terrific entertainment.” — Los Angeles Times
“A must-see film!” — The Village Voice