Berkeley Film & Media Seminar


BFMS Lecture Series: Curating ‘Dirty Looks’ and Presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde with Bradford Nordeen

Thu, Apr 25, 2019, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

142 Dwinelle

Bradford Nordeen

Ranging from digital drag revisionism to post-bohemian celluloid, this screening and talk showcase works from eight years of “Dirty Looks,” a queer avant-garde film series that, since 2011, has brought queer artists’ cinema to audiences in NYC, LA, the Bay Area, and in a touring series, across the country. Curator Bradford Nordeen will show highlights from the past eight years and discuss the contemporary state (and status) of queer cinema production, distribution, and preservation. On varied formats including 16mm, super8, Hi8, HD video and Getty stock footage, the diverse films in this screening demonstrate the role experimental aesthetics has played in the formation of contemporary queer subjectivities, combining a punk taste for the unconventional with a utopian desire for more.

Featuring films by Mariah Garnett, Aimee Goguen, Brontez Purnell, Jill Reiter, Michael Robinson, Warren Sonbert + Wendy Appel, Chris E. Vargas and Xina Xurner.

This event is free and open to the public.