Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 8:00 pm

INFRARED program 3



80 Turk Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and CounterPulse

Filmmaker in person: Mica O’Herlihy

Pictured Above: All That Sheltering Emptiness (2010) by Joey Carducci & Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Admission: $10 general/$5 Cinematheque and CounterPulse members (with member code)
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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.

About Program 3: The films in Slow/Sheltering/Shattering unpack moments of seismic shifts, trace the intricacies of prolonged permutations, and make demands for immediate social restructuring. Dance and doubling become explorations of self-fluctuation. Pearls and bricks become tools for anti-police riots, military abolition, and handing the Centers for Disease Control over to ACT UP. (Malic Amalya)


Full of Pride (2010) by The Wreck Family
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 (1992) by Bill Stamets
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.

MyMy (2014) by Anna Helme
In a mythic cyberfeminist universe, a frustrated young man yearns for affinity and connection. In the age of digital avatars, he crafts a version of himself that is far more corporeal by stitching together parts of himself to become his own cyborg twin, embracing the radical potential to create the self. However his new clone has been corrupted by a techno-magick virus. This Other self embodies a dangerous idea: that there are parts of ourselves beyond our control.

Yellow Sequence (1963–1965) by Jack Smith
This is a gold-toned coda to "Normal Love". Featuring Tiny Tim and David Sachs. New distribution print courtesy of Jack Smith Archive and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

All That Sheltering Emptiness (2010) 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 (2015) 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 (2016) 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 (2012) by Syniva Whitney

Beige Slow Change (2012) by Syniva Whitney
The queer body knows it is under scrutiny at all times, even when the body is never quite revealed. (Malic Amalya)


Quick Change #203 Escape #5 from Syniva Whitney on Vimeo.


Ÿ— CounterPulse is a fully ADA accessible space. Our main theater seating is on the ground level. To access the bathrooms and basement gallery, as well as the mezzanine gallery, the elevator must be used.
— Wheelchair seating or other accommodations can be requested at ticket purchase checkout, or by calling 415-626-2060.
— CounterPulse is closest to the Powell Street Bart & Muni Station. When the elevators are operational, there is fully level access from Powell Street Bart Station to CounterPulse. The distance is .1 miles.
— Request interpretive services two weeks in advance for other shows by emailing info@counterpulse.org or calling 415-626-2060, ask for Justin

Special support for INFRARED is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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