8 items from 2013
‘Kinky (sex) film festival’ looking for entries: CineKink 2014 (image: ‘Strange Live Acts’) CineKink, which bills itself as "the kinky film festival," is looking for "films and videos, of any length and genre, that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality." In the last decade, CineKink has screened an eclectic mix of documentaries and narrative movies, camp comedies, and experimental efforts, ranging from the "mildly spicy" to no-holds-barred sexually explicit fare. According to its press release, CineKink is "dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television." Possible topics include "Bdsm, leather and fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, roleplay and gender bending, sex work, and sex geekery." At CineKink 2013, entries included Cheryl Dunye’s romantic sex comedy Mommy Is Coming; Mark Mori’s documentary Bettie Page Reveals All; Hunter Stone’s short Getting Off, in which a dying man "struggles valiantly to go out »
- Andre Soares
Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the post-production of her latest short, Black is Blue. In this guest post, Isis Asare of Sistah Sinema, the film’s community sponsor, talks with Dunye about this latest phase of her work. In one of the most moving scenes of Black is Blue, tears roll down Black’s – the film’s title character – cheeks after he makes a shocking discovery about a former lover. His emotional fragility is placed in sharp contrast with his sheer physical strength. In that moment, the viewer peers past Black’s masculinity, darkness, and confidence. The viewer […] »
- Isis Asare
An adventurous experiment letting loose 20 directors on Michelle Tea’s cult-adored novel/memoir, “Valencia” is as much deconstruction as adaptation. An equal number of actors — not all of them female — play Tea’s hapless heroine, who petulantly plows through numerous girlfriends, jobs, artistic aspirations and mind-altering substances in the punky lesbian hipster scene of pre-dot-com-boom 1990s San Francisco. Like the book, the episodic pic is driven more by style and attitude than by narrative; while the constant diversity of approach is always stimulating, at nearly two hours it grows a little exhausting. Nonetheless, further fest travel and niche ancillary sales are assured.
We first meet “Michelle” as she expresses her dissatisfaction with a tedious rent-paying day job and semi-girlfriend Willa, who seems to want some kind of relationship without commitment or sex. Soon shedding both, she gets a new g.f. in Georgia emigre Iris (played, like the central character, »
- Dennis Harvey
Tags: Michelle TeaSilas HowardmoviesValenciabooksMovie ReviewsIMDbFrameline
Valencia the book, written by Michelle Tea, was something of a game-changer when it came out in 2000. Encapsulating the glory, the burn out, and the guerilla punk aesthetic of ‘90s queerdom in San Francisco, Valencia captured the literal and metaphoric spunk of an era, which was especially welcome since prior lesbian lit was too often relegated to the pulpy (Rubyfruit Jungle) or the depressing (Well of Loneliness).
Valencia: The Movie/s took the pioneering spirit of the book and gave it a drag queen makeover. Experimental, ambitious, and Big, Valencia brought together a whopping 20 queer filmmakers who each contributed a five to seven minute short (18 total) based on a chapter from the book. Frontlined by Tea and producer/director Hilary Goldberg, some of the filmmakers included Cheryl Dunye, Courtney Trouble, Silas Howard, Michelle Lawler, Samuel Topiary and Cary Cronenwett. Each short stars a different “Michelle” as well, »
Tribeca’s 12th annual festival, running from April 17-28, surpassed its first week and has just announced the winner of the first ever Heineken Affinity Award to director Ava DuVernay. DuVernay, of Los Angeles, won the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere. Below is the official press release highlighting the announcement.
Heineken And The Tribeca Film Institute Announce
Winner Of The First Ever Heineken Affinity Award
One African-American Filmmaker Receives $20,000 Prize
And Industry Support for Future Projects
Heineken USA, the world’s leading international brewer, and the Tribeca Film Institute® (Tfi) announced the winner of the inaugural Heineken Affinity Award. The award, given to an African-American filmmaker (age 21 and over) to empower and encourage them to continue to craft stories through film, was awarded to Ava DuVernay. In addition to a $20,000 cash prize awarded at an event tonight, DuVernay will »
- Christopher Clemente
Of the titles included in the listed lineup, the only one I can say I've seen is Vanilla Sex by Cheryl Dunye, which is one of the films featured in the DVD compilation disk, The Early Works Of Cheryl Dunye (a collection of 6 short fiction films by the filmmaker, and which you can rent or purchase on DVD today).But for those of you in the Durham, Nc area, some info you could use for an event taking place tonight (courtesy of the AfroFuturist Affair):Hey Durham! Full Frame too expensive? Join Black Feminist Film School as we present some of our favorite experimental shorts including select shorts by Black Feminist Film School co-founder Julia Roxanne Wallace!!! General »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Tags: The Watermelon WomanCheryl DunyeGuinevere TurnerIMDb
When Cheryl Dunye made The Watermelon Woman in the mid-'90s, it was the only feature-length film about lesbian women of color — ever. Other films might have had Sapphic subtext or touch on lesbianish themes, but Dunye wrote, directed and starred in the mockumentary about a black lesbian (named Cheryl, played by Cheryl) who worked at a movie store by day and on her own films by night. Specifically she was working on a film about a black actress and singer named Fae Richards who she finds out had a sexual relationship with a white female director named Martha Page.
While delving into the secret life of Fae, Cheryl interviews a film expert, a lesbian archivist (played by Sarah Schulman, who would go on to write The Owls with Dunye) and her own mother, who was alive at the time that Fae was part »
Congrats to Cheryl Dunye who is 1 of 5 selected for a 12-month residency on behalf of the 2013 San Francisco Film Society's FilmHouse Residency program. Starting this month, the program, made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation with additional support from the San Francisco Film Commission, supports independent filmmaking by making space available free of charge for six- or twelve-month residencies, to independent filmmakers actively engaged in various stages of film production. In addition to space, FilmHouse residents benefit from a robust guest-speaker series, featuring lectures and presentations by leading industry professionals; resident-led »
- Tambay A. Obenson
8 items from 2013
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