Dirty Looks: On Location Proves There Are Never Enough (Queer) Film and Video Festivals in New York

by Bryce J. Renninger
June 19, 2012 5:00 PM
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Heather Cassils' "Fast Twitch / Slow Twitch" Heather Cassils
Many large metropoles attract hundreds of film festivals.  Cities like New York City and Toronto are inundated with film festivals.  Surely some of these festivals are less than exciting; many exist simply to provide a venue for those films that can't find another venue. 

Some festivals, though, exist to bring films to interested audiences for important screenings. 

As NewFest: New York's LGBT Film Festival trims down to five days this year at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, MIX NYC continues to bring good times and experimental films to downtown New York.  The Queer New York International Festival brought an ecclectic mix of performance pieces to the city.  Adam Baran and Ira Sachs' Queer/Art/Film series is an incredibly popular retrospective series that allows queer artists to show off the films that inspired them.  Dixon Place, The Kitchen, Public Assembly, and the Spectrum all devote at least some of their time and space to queer programming.  It is easy to say there is too much queer film and arts programming going on in the city.  But it keeps being built, and people still come.  People, it turns out, are still creating all kinds of important queer experiences that people are hungry for.  I'm contemplating helping bring another event to this growing list...but more on that later.

For now, I'm very happy to announce the lineup for the latest project I've become involved with:  Dirty Looks: On Location.  Dirty Looks is an awesome monthly queer screening series showing experimental work, old and new, in downtown New York.  Dirty Looks: On Location is even more ambitious:  For every day in July, a different film or video experience will be unleashed onto sometimes suspecting, sometimes unsuspecting New York audiences.  I am so excited about so many of these screenings, but I am especially excited about the screening I helped put together:  July 7, at Brooklyn's The Spectrum, after sweating it to a Queerlates class with Travis Steele Sisk, we'll lounge about and take in Heather Cassils' awesome two-channel video installation, "Fast Twitch / Slow Twitch," which documents her journey bulking up on muscle and features her super-toned bod.

For the screenings, Nordeen was helped by myself, Tova Carlin, Paul Dallas, Kathryn Garcia, David Everitt Howe, Jamillah James, Sarvia Jasso, Karl McCool, Abbe Schriber, Todd Shalom, Ethan Weinstock and Jake Yuzna.  Many of the other screenings play with space and history in exciting ways...check out as many as you can, and if you have questions on when to show up each day or want to see more info on any and all screenings, check out the Dirty Looks: On Location website

For more details on when to show up to each of these events, visit the Dirty Looks website.

The Dirty Looks Programming Team Amos Mac

July 1 | Tara Mateik, Unauthorized Interview, Participant Inc., 253 East Houston St.
July 2 | Juan Betancurth, Limpia, The Blue, 206 8th Avenue
July 3 | Jim Hubbard, Stop the Movie (Cruising), Luther Price, Sodom, Rockbar, 185 Christopher Street
July 4 | Carl Michael George, Star Spangled Basher, GYM Sportsbar, 167 8th Avenue
July 5 | Nayland Blake and AA Bronson, Nayland & AA, June 20, 2001 (Coat), Printed Matter, 195 Tenth Avenue
July 6 | Frank Simon, The Queen, Cinema Village, East 12th St.
July 7 | Heather Cassils, Fast Twitch / Slow Twitch, The Spectrum, 59 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn
July 8 | Emily Roysdon, Social Movement, Washington Square Park, MacDougal St. and West 4th St.
July 9 | Charles Atlas, It’s a Jackie Thing, W New York – Times Square, 1567 Broadway
July 10 | Jean-Paul Goude / Grace Jones, A One Man Show, The Outhouse, 510 West 42nd St.
July 11 | Shana Moulton, The Galactic Pot Healer, Barracuda, 275 W. 22nd St.
July 12 | Pier Marton, (are we and/or do we) LIKE MEN, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.
July 13 | Robert Siodmak, Cobra Woman, Jack Smith, Jungle Island, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.
July 14 | Gag! with the GLBTQ Community, We All Gag!, Metropolitan, 559 Lorimer St., Brooklyn
July 15 | Joan Braderman, Joan Does Dynasty, Uncle Charlie’s Downtown (former site), 56 Greenwich Avenue
July 16 | José Rodríguez-Soltero, Jerovi, The Phoenix, 447 E. 13th St.
July 17 | Kalup Linzy, SweetBerry Sonnet (Remixed), The Westway, 75 Clarkson St.
July 18 | Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, Cock Gobblin', The Cock, 29 2nd Avenue
July 19 | Deville Cohen, Dynasty Handbag, K8 Hardy, and others, The Salad Days of Art Video Disco, Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 10th Avenue
July 20 | Marlon Riggs, Anthem, Peter Rabbits (former site), 396 West St.
July 21 | Gavin Butt and Benjamin Walters, This Is Not A Dream, The Kitchen, 512 West 19th St.
July 22 | Mike Kuchar, Splatter Movie, Nowhere, 322 E. 14th St.
July 23 | William E. Jones, Tearoom, Julius’, 159 West 10th St.
July 24 | Peggy Ahwesh, The Color of Love + Deanna Erdmann, Colt, XL Cabaret and Lounge, 512 West 42nd St.
July 25 | Derek Jarman, Blue, Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
July 26 | Shirley Clarke, Portrait of Jason, Maysles Cinema, 343 Malcolm X Blvd.
July 27 | Curt McDowell, Loads, 691 8th Avenue
July 28 | Cheryl Dunye, She Don’t Fade, Flamingo Club (former site), 219 2nd Avenue
July 29 | Charles Atlas, Hail the New Puritan, Le Petit Versailles, 346 East Houston St.
July 30 | Fred Halsted, Sex Garage, LA Plays Itself, A Night At Halsted’s, El Paso Wrecking Corp. (actor) Three Day Pass (actor), Pieces of Eight (actor), Eastern Bloc, 505 East 6th St.
July 31 | Various Artists, YOUTUBE XXX-Trava-GANZA, Heathers, 506 East 13h St.

For more details on when to show up to each of these events, visit the Dirty Looks: On Location website.

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