Yesterday Once More
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum and Dirty Looks present:
Yesterday Once More
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
In Person: Filmmakers Zackary Drucker, Mariah Garnett and Chris E. Vargas!
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or by cash or check at the door.
Los Angeles Filmforum is thrilled to team with Dirty Looks NYC to present Yesterday Once More, a program of queer moving image portraits from the last two years. Documenting four figures who helped to shape and define a public image of queer life (Peter Berlin, Joe Brainard, Liberace and Flawless Sabrina), each filmmaker in Yesterday Once More approaches their subject with the weight of their historical distance and a panache for contemporary performativity.
Matt Wolf, I Remember: A film about Joe Brainard, (2012, video, 23 min.)
Zackary Drucker, At Least You Know You Exist, (2011, 16mm on DV, 15 min.)
Mariah Garnett, Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin (2012, 16mm, 15 min.)
Chris E. Vargas, Liberaceón (2011, video, 16 mins.)
Filmmaker Matt Wolf returns to Joe Brainard's iconic poem, 'I Remember' in his film I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard. His archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory.
Created inside an archeology of the Uptown apartment that legendary queen Mother Flawless Sabrina has inhabited since 1967, At Least You Know You Exist is a site-specific exploration of a fixed space where everything is in a state of change. Totemic mystical objects act as an index, a collection of mysterious sculptures in different states of mutation, and rich layers of feverish history interface with a new vision of transgender.
Encounters I May Or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin deals primarily with monumentality, narcissism and the ways in which our heroes are embedded into our identities, and manifested through the body. Through a variety of gestures, Garnett highlights the pervasiveness of this practice alongside its ultimate, inevitable failure. The viewer moves through various stages of anxiety, idolization and actual touchdown with 70s gay sex icon Peter Berlin himself, capturing both the apparent and the hidden. The film guides the viewer through the process of making contact with a figure who exists only in his own photographs.
Liberaceón renarrates portions of the biography of Liberacethe flamboyant, yet closeted, apolitical pop pianist who died in 1987in order to insert him into a queer history of radical AIDS/HIV activism. Narrative details from his life are reworked and embellished to tell a mythic origin story of the in/famous direct-action group, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power).
About the filmmakers:
ZACKARY DRUCKER is a limp-wristed, switch queen/Los Angeles-based artist. Infusing elements of installation, performance, text, photography, and video, Drucker's work explores under-recognized aspects of queer history while simultaneously inscribing her own experience and position within it. Drucker reactivates Bruce Rodgers' The Queens' Vernacular, documents relationships and secret legacies, and challenges conventions of entertainment and drag performance, as well as existing art-historical representations of queer people. Oscillating between documentary, mythology, and personal narrative, the work is an overall novel exploration of gender as it is constructed, deconstructed, and experienced.
MARIAH GARNETT holds an MFA from Calarts in Film/Video and a BA from Brown University in American Civilization. She has an upcoming two person show at ltd los angeles in September. Her work has been screened internationally including the following venues: Venice Biennial (Swiss Offsite Pavillion), Rencontres Internationales (Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Beiruit), Outfest (Los Angeles), Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis), Mix NYC, Girl Monster (Hamburg). In 2011 she had a solo show at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles titled Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin and has had work in group shows at Acuna Hansen Gallery (Los Angeles), Montehermoso Cultural Center (Vittoria, Spain) and Workspace Gallery (Los Angeles). She has collaborated with artists Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Zackary Drucker, A.L. Steiner and Chiara Giovando.
CHRIS E. VARGAS is a film and video maker based in Oakland, CA, whose thematic interests include queer radicalism, transgender hirstory, and imperfect role models. He earned his MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011. Since 2008, he has been making, in collaboration with Greg Youmans, the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love...with Chris and Greg. Episodes of the series have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including MIX NYC, SF Camerawork, and the Tate Modern. With Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed the movie Homotopia (2006) and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2012) which have been screened at Palais de Tokyo, LACE, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow and SF Cameraworks among numerous other venues.
MATT WOLF is the director of the documentary Wild Combination about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell. He is currently making Teenage, a film about the invention of teenagers and the history of youth culture, based on the book by Jon Savage. He has created documentaries for the New York Times, Sundance Channel, PBS, and many others.
About Dirty Looks NYC:
A salon of influences, DIRTY LOOKS NYC is a New York-based roaming series, an open platform for inquiry, discussion and debate. Designed to trace contemporary queer aesthetics through historical works, Dirty Looks presents quintessential GLBT film and video alongside up-and-coming artists and filmmakers. Dirty Looks exhibits a lineage of queer tactics and visual styles for younger artists, casual viewers and seasoned avant-garde filmgoers, alike. In 2011, Dirty Looks also launched the month-long Dirty Looks: On Location a month of queer interventions in New York City spaces, which was featured in the New York Times and reached 2,500 viewers.
This screening is part of Dirty Looks' Roadshow initiative, bringing queer experimental film and video across the country in a touring platform. Other Los Angeles events will include: Little Joe Magazine + Dirty Looks present: Mike Kuchar, Feb. 2nd 4PM at the Geffen Contemporary as part of the Los Angeles Art Book Fair; Dirty Looks + Little Joe present Rosa Von Praunheim's City of Lost Souls Feb 3rd 4PM at the Geffen Contemporary as part of the Los Angeles Art Book Fair; and Pickle Surprise: The Eyes of Tom Rubnitz Feb. 9th 7PM at the Billy Wilder Theater, presented by the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project Screening Series.
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and the Metabolic Studio.
Coming soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Feb 17 Jean Rouch
March 17 Kevin Jerome Everson
March 24 Jon Jost
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Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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