Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and CounterPulse
Anticipated Artist in person: Mica O’Herlihy
pictured above: All That Sheltering Emptiness by Joey Carducci & Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Admission: $12 general/$10 Cinematheque and CounterPulse members (with member code)
No one turned away for lack of funds
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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.
Full of Pride (2010) by The Wreck Family; digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes
Full of Pride is a short film collage and music mash-up that incorporates elements of queerness, gender expression and campy/dark humor. It is a sexually charged piece that uses low-technology to create a rainbow-scape of queerness and an explosion of mythological gay creatures. (The Wreck Family)
Joan Jett Blakk Announces Her Candidacy for President by Bill Stamets, 8 minutes
Researcher Carmel Curtis uncovered Bill Stamets’ Hi8 document of Joan Jett Blakk, an African-American drag queen, announcing her candidacy for President in 1992. Her slogan: Lick Bush! Footage provided by the Media Burn Independent Video Archive.
Yellow Sequence (1963–1965) by Jack Smith
All That Sheltering Emptiness by Joey Carducci & Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
A meditation on elevators, hotel lobbies, hundred dollar bills, the bathroom, a cab, chandeliers, cocktails, the receptionist, arousal and other routines in the life of a New York City callboy. (Malic Amalya)
Love Under Will of the Hags of Long Tooth (2015) by Mica O’Herlihy
A rotoscope revelation of the inner beast and their most carnal cravings in a post-gender, post-apocalyptic cave-dwelling commune.
White Fur by Nikki Silver & Neve Be
What does the beastmaster look like? How untamed is the wild grrrl and their wild dogs? (Malic Amalya)
The Personal Things by Tourmaline Gossett
“You have to find your own way to strike back.” (Miss Major Griffin-Gracy)
Happy Birthday, Marsha (2017) by Tourmaline Gossett & Sasha Wortzel
A historic reenactment of the hours before Marsha (“Pay it No Mind”) Johnson ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. (Malic Amalya)
Quick Change #203 Escape #5 by Syniva Whitney
Beige Slow Change by Syniva Whitney, 3 minutes
The queer body knows it is under scrutiny at all times, even when the body is never quite revealed. (Malic Amalya)
Special support for INFRARED is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.