The Homo Bonobo Project
Now in its seventh year, The Homo Bonobo Project continues to expand, with shows of its work as well as new ventures such as screen-printing.
Thank you MIX for your incredible support all these years. I couldn’t have done it without you. — Shelly Mars
Do I Sound Gay
“[Do I Sound Gay] sees Thorpe take a journey of discovery to confront his own anxiety about “sounding gay,” bringing along the likes of Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Margaret Cho and Tim Gunn for perspective.” INDIEWIRE
DISG had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, where it was First Runner’s Up People’s Choice Award for Documentary. It will have it’s US Premiere at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the US, on Nov. 13.
How To Survive A Plague
The Academy Award-nominated documentary continues to screen internationally. In the works is a book about how the film was made. In October 2014 it was announced that the film would be recognized by The Paley Center for Media in their LGBT media collection. The film also received two Emmy Award nominations this year after screening on PBS.
Donna Ostrowsky Memorial Fund
Donna Ostrowsky (1986-2013) was an author, producer, director, screenwriter, and boom mic operator. Her short piece “The Queer Experiment” is collected in Transgender Vangard’s The Collection: Short Fiction, available on Amazon from Topside Press. Her memorial fund assists trans women artists, writers, and filmmakers. Donations are tax deductible.
TAQAT: Part One
TaQat is a two-part project exploring the complex relationship between queer activism and aesthetic practices and the question of Palestine–its cultural and political location in the West and its meanings for Palestinians. The first part of the project is a web documentary, chronicling the experience and aftermath of the first LGBT delegation to Palestine. In January 2012, fifteen LGBT activists, lawyers, cultural producers, and community leaders embarked on a solidarity delegation to Palestine. They met with leading Palestinian queer activists. This delegation was the first of its kind. Awad shot in multiple formats, using archival footage, and digital technologies. Production was completed in November 2012. The web documentary will be available online.
Pop-Up Museum of Queer History
In 2014, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History was delighted to work with author Sassafras Lowrey, The New York Public Library, and the Lambda Literary Foundation to create the first Queer Book Diorama show, in which queer people were asked to create physical representations of books that were important in the development of their queer identity. Our Founding Director, Hugh Ryan, presented on queer history at a variety of locations and schools, including at a national conference for museum professionals in Sweden. We are now working on creating a guidebook / how-to to enable queer communities around the world to create their own Pop-Up Museums of Queer History.
Kathleen and Eddie
KATHLEEN & EDDIE is a feature-length, work-in-progress documentary about how one woman transforms the grief and trauma of her brother’s murder into compassion for the perpetrators. In 1985, Kathleen’s older brother Eddie, an American soldier stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, was killed by the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist group responsible for the fiercest domestic conflict in the history of postwar Germany. Two women, Birgit Hogefeld and Eva Haule, were imprisoned for his murder. Decades after his death, Kathleen travels to Germany to find closure by seeking out these two women..
Data Mining the Dead: Genealogy and the Business of Family
Many North Americans are fascinated by genealogy and invested in their family histories, gaining of identity by uncovering their ancestors, their culture, and their country of origin. Others find it devastating and disorienting when they discover that their history differs from what they’d always believed. But there is another side to the rise in genealogy that goes beyond human interest. It is arguably the largest historical enterprise in the world, and one of the largest data mining operations ever, driven by big religion, big business and big technology. Data Mining the Dead explores the industry behind the exponential intensity of genealogy. What are the motivations of the key players and how are their actions affecting the millions of North Americans who are searching for answers?
A lawless camp for artists, Smokey Belles operates in the storied tradition of creative colonies removed from urban centers. The Catskills retreat offers a supportive work atmosphere, allowing visitors to realize their own goals while fostering a connection to nature. The Charming 2-bedroom sits on 4 acres of bucolic land facing a river. Sliding scale & work shares are available.
The homestead was founded by Anie “S8″ Stanley, a long time East Village resident, whose avant-garde Super 8 films have been programmed alongside Bruce La Bruce, Sadie Benning, and Kenneth Anger, most notably at the Whitney and at the MOMA.
c/o Anie Stanley, Director & Founder
Facebook: Smokey Belles Catskills
Dreams of Wild Ponies Dancing
Dream of Wild Ponies Dancing is an experimental movie-making process, in the guise of an old-school Hollywood musical, about the creative queer communities that currently exist in NYC. Two young queers have separated from their communities and retreated into the Far Rockaways. Their friends try to bring them back during one chaotic night of performances, smoke breaks, after-parties and beach bonfires.
Funding and shooting began in July with a group of talented creative collaborators. Plans to resume production are set for May 2015, with a second round of fundraising in the works.
You Can’t Escape Lithuania
You Can’t Escape Lithuania is an upcoming feature film, about a fictional version of Romas Zabarauskas, a gay filmmaker from Lithuania. The film stars Denisas Kolomyckis, Vilma Kutavičiūtė and Adrian Escobar. A kickstarter page is in the works.