Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and CounterPulse
pictured above: The Dragon is the Frame by Mary Helena Clark
About INFRARED: In 2017, the City of San Francisco indicated intention to designate a portion of its Tenderloin neighborhood (a portion which includes CounterPulse and the office of San Francisco Cinematheque Cinematheque) as the “Compton’s Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual District” in reference to a 1966 protest action held at Compton’s Cafeteria, located at the intersection of Turk and Taylor Streets in San Francisco. This pre-Stonewall action is recognized as a significant milestone in queer and transgender political activism. In celebration of this designation—the first legally recognized municipal transgender district in the world—San Francisco Cinematheque is proud to present INFRARED, four nights of experimental films by and about transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming artists curated by transgender filmmaker Malic Amalya.
Full series details available here.
A circular poem. A detective film. A performance of endurance. Hair flips. Hormone injection. Bodies adjoining bodies. Bodies being left behind. Messages from post-apocalyptic times. Dispatches from Standing Rock. The films in this program shift between embodiment and disassociation. They offer ephemeral glimpses into what’s possible and pulverizing flashes of what’s been stolen. Interlacing the physical with the ethereal, affects rapidly alter between despondency and euphoria. (Malic Amalya)
The Butterfly Effect (2012) by Sofia Moreno
“I do not create alias to make myself feel better; every name equals a different stage in my life. I’m not playing dress up, I’m playing survival. I’m a risk taker, a Morphsexual Terrorist.” (Sofia Moreno)
At Least You Know You Exist (2011) by Zackary Drucker
Shot inside an archeology of the Uptown apartment that legendary queen Mother Flawless Sabrina has inhabited since 1967, rich layers of feverish history interface with a new vision of transgender performativity. (Malic Amalya)
3 Films for Untitled: Sun Sets in My Room; Short Time With My Grandmom; Three Moods in a View (1995) by Stom Sogo
A Little Bit of Exxxstacy by Mark Aguhar
A self-portrait of the artist in her studio.
The Dragon is the Frame by Mary Helena Clark
An experimental detective film made in remembrance of Mark Aguhar: keeping a diary, footnotes of film history and the puzzle of depression. (Malic Amalya)
Special support for INFRARED is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.