10th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival

  • 10th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival

    A Decade of Love!

    June 13, 14, 15, 2014

    Brava Theater, 2789 24th Street (at York), San Francisco

  • My Beautiful Resistance  | Director: Penny Baldado, 2014

    My Beautiful Resistance

    FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 7:30PM

    From the roots of struggle, My Beautiful Resistance grows vibrantly for an undocumented, queer, person of color.

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  • Festival Focus:

    "Re-Generation:

    Food, Environment & Land"

  • HOTBED OF COOL (Panel Discussion)

    SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 3PM

    Filmmaking germinates edgy creativity that profoundly alters the artistic landscape and cultivates audacious activism. Join critically acclaimed queer women of color filmmakers as they discuss the art and transformative power of film.

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  • Pre-Screening Receptions

    Q&A with Filmmakers

    FREE Suggested donation $5-10

  • La Justicia Nace En Mi | Director: Yanira Arias, 2013

    La Justicia Nace En Mi

    SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2:00PM

    Through the teachings of slain priest Romero, a Salvadoran lesbian learns that justice begins with her in La Justicia Nace En Mi.

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    The 10th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival celebrates a Decade of Love! with 32 new films fully captioned, and a Festival Focus, “Re-Generation.” From young girls budding with power, to the first bloom of desire, to the monumental strength of queer refugees, these films sow seeds of fearless resistance!

    List of Films   Meet the Directors

    Friday

    june

    fri13jun6:30 pmOPENING NIGHT RECEPTION6:30 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Reception

    Event Details

    RECEPTION & DOORS OPEN: 6:30PM

    Time

    (Friday) 6:30 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    fri13jun7:30 pmOpening Night Screening: BABES, HOT BABES7:30 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Film Screening

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    From a butch vocalist and a badass trucker blazing paths, to the first bloom of desire and a juicy femme discovering her allure, the heady fragrance of these date films will enthrall you.

    Singer, choir director and musician Melanie DeMore shows children and adults how to be Free In Song as she sows the seeds of cultural activism and history.

    The adventurous Trucker Kitty shows off her driving skills while clearing new paths.

    From the roots of struggle, My Beautiful Resistance grows vibrantly for an undocumented, queer, person of color.

    Scandalous mischief sprouts in Big Mama’s House at the Earthlodge while she watches over the spiritual health of queer folks.

    Fear proliferates during an Interrogation whena young woman is forced to reexamine the truth about herself.

    Nestled among existential dilemmas and confessions, love blooms in The Cake Factory.

    What could Possibly be the connection between wooded trails, sunny BART stops and floral sheets?

    In the western wilderness of the mid-1800s, Dos Almas reveal their natures when worlds collide.

    Sweet & Hot bounty from the farmer’s market proves that the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach.

    With her alluring Heft, a queer black woman in the East Bay draws a bevy of suitors and scoundrels.

    List of Films for this Screening

    • Free in Song (Tiye Yayu Square-LeVias, 2014) – Documentary
    • Trucker Kitty (Alice Choe, 2013) – Documentary
    • My Beautiful Resistance (Penny Baldado, 2014) – Documentary
    • Big Mama’s House (Denna Dean Aaron, 2013) – Comedy
    • Interrogation (Tara Perez, 2013) – Narrative
    • The Cake Factory (Jessica Praznik, 2013) – Romance
    • Possibly (Tracy Nguyen, 2014) – Romance
    • Dos Almas (Danielle Villegas, 2013 – Romance
    • Sweet & Hot (Tiffany Whigham, 2013) – Romance
    • Heft (Alexandria Wright, 2014) – Comedy

    Time

    (Friday) 7:30 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    Running Time

    92 minutes

    fri13jun10:00 pmOPENING NIGHT PARTY10:00 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Party

    Event Details

    Celebrate the 10th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival at this opening night party, with DJs that mix powerful waves of music.

    Time

    (Friday) 10:00 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    Saturday

    june

    sat14jun3:00 pmPanel Discussion: HOTBED OF COOL3:00 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Panel Discussion

    Event Details

    Filmmaking germinates edgy creativity that profoundly alters the artistic landscape and cultivates audacious activism.  Join critically acclaimed queer women of color filmmakers as they discuss the art and transformative power of film.

    Cheryl Dunye
    A native of Liberia, Duyne received her BA from Temple University and her MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Based in Oakland, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema at San Francisco State University. Dunye has received numerous honors for her work in media arts. Her latest film Black Is Blue explores the struggles of a black transman. Her 5th feature film Mommy Is Coming, was produced in Berlin and continues to win awards as the first queer adult romantic comedy. The O.W.L.S. has been celebrated at film festivals since its release. Miramax’s My Baby’s Daddy was a box-office success. HBO Films’ Stranger Inside, garnered Dunye an Independent Spirit award nomination. The Watermelon Woman was awarded the Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

    Madeleine Lim
    At the age of 23, Lim escaped persecution by the Singapore government for her work as a young lesbian artist-activist. 10 years later, she created Sambal Belacan in San Francisco, a film that is still banned in Singapore for its exploration of race, sexuality and nationality. Her films have screened internationally at sold-out theaters, museums, universities, and broadcast on PBS. She has thrice been awarded an Individual Artist Commission from the SF Arts Commission, won prestigious awards like the Paul Robeson Independent Media Fund, and countless community honors. She received her BA from San Francisco State University, where she was awarded Outstanding Cinema Student of the Year. Lim is an Adjunct Professor in the Media Studies Department at the University of San Francisco. Since 2000, she has executive produced more than 600 films. Her latest film, The Worlds of Bernice Bing is garnering international praise.

     

    Time

    (Saturday) 3:00 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    sat14jun6:00 pmFEATURED SCREENING RECEPTION6:00 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Reception

    Event Details

    RECEPTION & DOORS OPEN: 6PM

    Time

    (Saturday) 6:00 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    sat14jun7:00 pmFeatured Screening: SEEDS OF RESISTANCE7:00 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Film Screening

    Event Details

    From Black farmers and elders tilling tradition from beans, to preserving Indigenous watershed culture in Napa Valley, to rural Colombian women harvesting cassava out of scorching memories of war, these lush documentaries regenerate our legacies of growing our own food and sustaining our lands.

    Community organizers, black farmers and elders preserve tradition, lay groundwork and spread 16 Seeds in the struggle for food justice.

    Food and survival are carved into Malaysian Memories during the WWII Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia.

    Carried by the voices of women, The Sky is the Roof is an Indigenous perspective of ecology.

    WoMan Native OtHerfinds a source of personal transformation by decolonizing language, time and vision.

    The erasure of communities creates a Push/Pull between the “American Dream” and the fragments of migration, rich lands, nourishing foods and healthy bodies.

    Mujeres de Tierra Sembrando Resistencias harvest corn, cassava, marjoram and resistance from memories of war.

     Mujeres de Tierra Sembrando Resistencias cosechan el maíz, la yuca, la mejorana y la resistencia de los recuerdos de la guerra.

    List of Films for this Screening

     

    • 16 Seeds (Melinda James, 2012) – Documentary
    • Malaysian Memories (Celeste Chan, 2014) – Documentary
    • The Sky is the Roof (Beth Nelsen, 2014) – Documentary
    • WoMan Native otHer (Megan Ortañez, 2014) – Personal4
    • Push/Pull (Lilly Alvarez, 2014) – Personal
    • Mujeres De Tierra: Sembrando Resistencia (Claudia Corredor y Aritza Ríos) – Spanish Film, Documentary

    Time

    (Saturday) 7:00 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    Sunday

    june

    sun15jun2:00 pmCenterpiece Screening: GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN2:00 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Film Screening

    Event Details

    From lies propagated by Catholicism, to churches that preach love but condemn LGBTQ people, to a beloved African-American community balancing Civil Rights and gay rights, these poignant films excavate the roots of homophobia and graft healing onto our spirits.

    Through the teachings of slain priest Romero, a Salvadoran lesbian learns that justice begins with her in La Justicia Nace En Mi.

     Renouncing the truth of Catholic teachings planted by family tradition gives Ruth wings to fly toward feminist organizing and lesbian love in Mentiras Que Dan Alas.

    Renunciar a las verdades impuestas y las enseñanzas católicas transmitidas por su familia son Mentiras que dan alas para volar hacia las luchas feministas y los amores lésbicos

    An African American elderunearths resilience when she reveals What’s It Like? for her enslaved grandmother in the bleak landscape of race and sexuality.

    Adán y Eva Vinieron a Mi intertwines the burgeoning hope of falling in love with both men and women with the constant threat of homophobic violence in a society that doesn’t allow us to love.

    Adán y Eva vinieron a mi lleva la posibilidad de enamorarse de hombres tanto como de mujeres entrecruzado con la amenaza permanente de la violencia homofóbica de una sociedad que no nos deja amar.

    An African-American community grapples with Civil Rights, LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage in The New Black.

    List of Films for this Screening

     

    • La Justicia Nace En Mi (Yanira Arias, 2013) – Spanish Film, Documentary
    • Mentiras Que Dan Alas (Ruth Vera, 2013) – Spanish Film, Documentary
    • What’s It Like (Jovelyn Richards, 2013) – Experimental
    • Adan y Eva Vinieron a mi (Nadia Capdevilla, 2013) – Spanish Film, Documentary
    • The New Black (Yoruba Richen, 2014) – Documentary

    Time

    (Sunday) 2:00 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    sun15jun5:00 pmCLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION5:00 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Reception

    Event Details

    RECEPTION & DOORS OPEN: 5PM

    Time

    (Sunday) 5:00 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    sun15jun6:00 pmClosing Night Screening: GIRL POWER!6:00 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Film Screening

    Time

    (Sunday) 6:00 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

    sun15jun9:00 pmAwards Ceremony9:00 pm Brava Theater CenterEvent Type:Awards Ceremony

    Time

    (Sunday) 9:00 pm

    Location

    Brava Theater Center

    2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA

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