Queer/Art/Film and the Sundance Cinemas announced yesterday the launch of a new series, Queer/Art/Film LA. For the monthly series, LA-based queer artists across disciplines will present a film that has inspired them, followed by a conversation about the film and its relationship to their own creativity.
The series will be co-curated by Martabel Wasserman and filmmakers Adam Baran and Ira Sachs. The inaugural season includes Liquid Sky, presented by A.L. Steiner, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, presented by Wu Tsang, and Jubilee presented by Zach Blas.
Called "essential" by the New Yorker, the community-based series Queer/Art/Film was founded in 2009 at the IFC Film Center in NYC, and has included artists such as Justin Vivian Bond, Amos Mac, Barbara Hammer, Kate Bornstein, Larry Kramer, Dee Rees, Laurie Weeks, Lea Delaria, and Hilton Als. Films screened have included such diverse programming as Performance, Dancer in the Dark, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Portrait of Jason, Times Square, and The Killing of Sister George. The New York Times has said, "Queer/Art/Film has fast become one of the city's most adventurous repertory programs."
The three presenters in the first season of Queer/Art/Film LA are: multi-media artist A.L. Steiner, whose work crosses boundaries between sex and art, and has been included in both the Whitney and Hammer Biennials; filmmaker and performer Wu Tsang, whose film Wildness documents the birth and death of the club night "Wildness" at the LGBTQ Latin bar Silver Platter; and Zach Blas, an artist and curator known for his invention of Fag Face, a queering of facial recognition software.
Ira Sachs says of the NYseries, "It's a community gathering where we are reminded monthly of the breadth and depth of queer creativity and queer history." Wasserman adds, "For a city with as thriving a queer and art scene as LA, there are very few opportunities for those overlapping communities to come together; we imagine Queer/Art/Film LA as a new site for the birth of new queer creativity."
Get tickets for Liquid Sky, presented by A.L. Steiner