Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ethnoculture in Montréal

Canada is seriously proving to be the biggest supporter of the US American queer arts! This Sunday (as in tomorrow) Falling In Love... Episode 3: Food! is playing at an event called Ethnoculture in Montréal, Canada! And so is Homotopia, the movie Eric Stanley and I made 4 years ago! That's right, it was that long ago! Join me in a walk down memory lane with these wonderfully trippy photos taken during the shoot for the movie's final chaotic wedding scene. All photos by the talented Keith Aguiar:

Joy beating Greg with purse
Yoshi and object of desire reunite

Susan as caterer with water gun
 Also, allow me to share this image Greg and I made for Darin Klein and Suzanne Wright's 2nd issue of the zine 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves (link to Darin Klein's blog entry covering the 1st issue's release event). We are so honored to be included in this publication. We're also excited to be self-appointed Marriage and Family Therapists for other "Intergenderational" couples via our sitcom, at a price you can't beat! Let us be your role models....

Lastly, Greg and I are participating in Shadow Shop, a pop-up store project by Stephanie Syjuco taking place at SF MOMA from November 2010 'til April 2011. We'll be selling the scrapbooklet/season one DVD that we're working on at this very moment! Check the Shadow Shop website for more details on the project.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Suggestions of A Life Being Lived: Reviews!

The reviews are in! And the word is: "this discomfort is deeply effective" and between me and Greg: I am "the more easygoing of the two"! I agree with the former and must publicly disagree with the later. Read on... it is SFW.

Review: Suggestions of Life Being Lived

BAR (Bay Area Reporter)
Transgressions & an activist stance

Thursday, September 16, 2010

[raining] MEN tonight! and Falling In Love... updates

The whole town is wrapped up in MEN! Who are playing tonight in the SF MOMA atrium, preceeded by a Ridykulous screening at 7PM. It's going to be fun, so be there!

The last MEN show I was at, Greg (R) and I (l) are holding the hands!

I also wanted to share with you today some teaser stills from mine and Greg's next Falling In Love... with Chris and Greg video. I was getting real excited about it as I edited today. It's yet another "Special," shot (mostly) on location during our fabulous three week vacation in France! It's working title: Oh La La! Paris Special.


Greg and I are also in the process of putting together a Season One Scrapbooklet with a Season One DVD accompaniment which will include everything we have shot to date. We've decided to symbolically clump all the work we've made thus far into one season, but if you know anything about the project you know it's not been one season but over two years in the making. It's our way of symbolically marking the end of one period in order to start anew and afresh in another. We also wanted to take some time out ("us" time--if you will) and assess the structure of our collaboration, it's a very healthy lesbionic decision on our part-we feel very proud and self-righteous about it, thank you. We're also working on writing a collaborative essay about the project and our collaboration--guaranteed to be a steamy tell-all! The DVD will include episodes 1, 2, and 3 (O Canada!, Road Trip! TV Special, and Food!) as well as A Special Election PSA, Hair Breakdown Special, and the yet to be fully edited Oh La La! Paris Special. See what I'm saying? We LOVE a SPECIAL!!!!

ALSO!! I want to tell you about a fundraiser for the SF camerawork catlog, but I'm just so spent from drafting this whole blog post that I'll give you Greg's words instead [as seen on today's Falling In Love.. Facebook status update]:"There is a kickstarter campaign tied to the Suggestions of a Life Being Lived exhibition at SF Camerawork that we are a part of. The goal is to raise enough money to make a catalog for the show. Curators Adrienne Skye Roberts and Danny Orendorff, along with gallery director Chuck Mobley, have done incredible work on this! Please take a moment to watch the spiel video. Note that you can donate as little as a dollar if that's all you can spare. Note too though that with a $25 donation you get a copy of the catalog when it's done!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

O Canada! in Canada! and Belgium!

Tomorrow Falling In Love... Episode 1: "O Canada!" is screening in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada at a great little homegrown festival called Rhino In The Room. If anyone who reads this little ol' blog is near Lethbridege you should go check out that festival (see details below), or if you're a US American and by default oblivious to other countries and cities on your continent: google-map Lethbridge and give yourself geography lesson, jerk.

In other sass-ridden Canadian news, I think I forgot to mention a few weeks back that I was featured in the Edmonton weekly in an interview conducted by Lucas Crawford called Identities Aplenty. Read it and weep.

Also, last Sunday Greg and I and our Falling In Love... video project was mentioned on Belgian radio! A show called Bang Bang, which can now be found in podcast form. Don't ask me how. The show is in French, but they played an extremely awkward part of O Canada! (the last agonizing scene at the breakfast table) with an overdubbed translation in French. Whoa, awesome and weird! They concurred that Canadians are boring and that we need to work on our sound skills. Ok, we get it already-we suck technically-but isn't that part of our charm?

Rhino In The Room
Thursday September 16th – Opening Night –Sterndale Bennett Theater
($10 in advance $12@door)

Taking the Plunge – Ian Gustafson and Chantal Langley (Vancouver)
…A lesbian who is about to get married has second thoughts about the marriage. Her two sides come out to talk about it.

The First – Jeremy Hyler (NC)
A coming of age story for one girl who finds her life in the gay and lesbian lifestyle. She tells her of her personality and her friends who are all in this subculture. She is invited to a drag show and gay bar to see what it is like. from there she goes through a metamorphosis and not only choosing a lifestyle but able to choose what she want and become a woman who finally has a voice.

Falling in Love… with Chris and Greg. Ep: O Canada! (CA)
In the premiere episode of “Falling In Love…”, Chris and Greg tackle the issues of open relationships, Canadianism, and lactose intolerance.

Best Friends – Andi Meiers (Germany)
about the time when you are 15 and you don’t know if you are in love with your best friend or with her boyfriend. The only thing you know is that you wear these doc martens shoes and that you feel like being yourself when you are with your friends, and you know you will always be best fiends – because you had these wonderful moments in the evenings at the lake.

Dish – Brian Harris Krinsky (CA)
Emo kids Israel and Louie walk around their east Los Angeles neighborhood dishing and “sexting” about their high school classmates. After listening to Louie boast about his sexual escapades, Israel decides he has some catching up to do.

Baby Shark – Pascal-Alex Vincent (France)
Three teenagers. A precipice.

Communication – Christopher Banks (New Zealand)
An Orthodox Jewish student unexpectedly inherits the estate of his estranged mentor, and discovers a painful truth about their final days together.

Meeskeit – Neil Ira Needleman (NY)
This is the poignant story of two meeskeits and the beautiful relationship they never had. As with virtually all my stories, there are bits and peices of my relatives and family friends here. But these are really personalities that you’ll find in very family. I’m sure you will recognize an aunt, an uncle, a cousin, a parent, a sibling, and -perhaps- even a little of yourself in here.
Talk to your Daughter – Lisa Powell (Lethbridge)

PSA on the dangers of not educating your daughters of the lesbian recruitment agenda.
Public Relations – Gianna Sobol (CA)

A miserable Hollywood assisstant finds romance and a reason for being when her sexy New York counterpart arrives in town. Public Relations is a funny, fresh take on growing up – and getting laid.

Just Another Beautiful Boy – Peter Max Lawrence

A music video for the queer band Carletta sue Kay
Allison, My Love – Richard Paro
A short film about a slip of the tongue…

Fagbug – Erin Davies (NY)
On the 11th Annual Day of Silence, Erin Davies was victim to a hate crime in Albany, New York. Because of sporting a rainbow sticker on her Volkswagen Beetle, Erin’s car was vandalized, left with the words “fag” an “u r gay” placed on the drivers side window and hood of her car. Despite initial shock and embarassment, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the “fagbug,” on a 58-day trip around the US and Canada. Along the way, Erin discovered other, more serious hate crimes, had people attempt to remove the graffiti, and experimented with having a male driver her car. After driving the fagbug for one year, Erin decided to give her car a makeover.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Suggestions of A Life Being Lived

Please join me tomorrow Thursday, September 9th from 5-8PM at SF Camerawork for the opening of Suggestions of A Life Being Lived. Greg and I will have our Falling In Love... videos on heavy rotation tomorrow night and ongoing during gallery hours til October 23rd. Jason Fritz's original drawing of Greg and I, the one we use on our website and on our promo cards will be beautifully exhibited in our living room/exhibition cube, and Criminal Queers (a work in progress) will play during the last half of the gallery opening as well as the last half of the shows run. There'll also be a great collection of Gay Shame ephemera on display. We'll all be there; me, Greg, Eric, and company plus it's Jason birthday! So come have a tasteful beverage with us in JOYful celebration!
Press Release:
Suggestions of A Life Being Lived, guest curated by Danny Orendorff and Adrienne Skye Roberts, presents queerness as a set of political alliances and possibilities, informed by the projects of 16 artists working in photography, film, video, activism and education. Untethered to institutions of sexual or gender normativity and in pursuit of greater freedoms, the work in this exhibition represents queer activism, intentional and imagined communities, self-determinism, and DIY alternative world-making.

Suggestions of A Life Being Lived
begins from a place of ‘outness’ and considers how a sense of liberated queerness is pursued and mediated within public spaces and behaviors. Less concerned with catergorical sexual identities or coming-out narratives, this exhibition presents work that looks outward towards collective and resistant expressions of queer community existing outside of dominant gay and lesbian culture.

Opening reception: 

Thursday, September 9th 5 – 8 p.m.

September 9 – October 23, 2010

657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105