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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sept 4 Femina Potens Music Videos


SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPT 4, 2009 - "Open Eyes, Queer Film Night" takes place the first Friday of each month at the Femina Potens Art Gallery. Open Eyes features local artist's provocative, critical, and engaging films curated by Stephanie Yang. In addition to the engaging film screenings, Open Eyes also hosts hot buttery popcorn, cold beer, discussion and an open mic for directors or artists who can provide a film of five minutes or less.

Get ready to rock out to some seriously gay music videos at Femina Potens queer film night! Over the past two decades we have seen the power of a hot video. It can immortalize a band or group and make a director the next big thing. But can a queer music video do something even greater? We will be exploring what happens when queer artists take over behind and in front of the camera. Recently a multitude of gay musicians and filmmakers have joined forces and mediums to share their stories with the world. This month's 'Open Eyes' will look at several of these music videos and engage with local filmmakers who are (re)claiming this form in comedic, political and artistic ways.

We will be showcasing a trio of Hilary Goldberg's music video work. Including a world premier of "Victorville". This music video for artist Timmy Straw, explores themes of gender, sexual abuse, and suicide. "Big Deal", Katastrophe's music video, full of glitter blood and hip-hop, colorfully retells the shooting of Andy Warhol in 1968. Finishing up with "Domestic Violence" for Melange LaVonne -- Executive Produced by the non-profit Power Up. Filmmaker Dara Sklar brings her cinematic view of San Francisco's playful queer culture in "Lezbro's". For her latest project, Brynn Gelbard spoofed 'Jenny from the Block' about a recovered Jewish American Princess from Long Island called "Jew Lo" who emerges from her East Coast closet to become a faux queen in San Francisco. Justin Kelly will show "Teardrops on My Telephone" by Hunx and His Punx and "D-a-n-n-y" by The Younger Lovers. And Courtney Trouble will show her music video: "Won't You" by Jenna Riot.

Open Eyes Queer Film Night
Queer Music Videos
September 4, 2009
Doors/Open Mic Sign-up at 7:30/ Films at 8:00pm
$10-15 sliding scale admission ($5/open mic performers)

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San Francisco's playful queer culture is brought to life with sass in the characters Dara Sklar creates and directs. She co-produced "Sweet Boy" about mommy/boy dyke relationships, casted true S.F. extras for the love story "Mango Kiss", and wrote and produced both "this is a party" about a transgendered man questioning his role in the lesbian community, and the worldwide film festival favorite "Toothbrush Tango" which danced through the trials of a hygiene obsessed slut. She collaborated with the talented and zany director, Pam Dore, to produce the popular short "Day One: a period" about women's once-a-month chasm between perception and reality. She was also assistant director for "Godspeed" based on the award winning novel by Lynn Breedlove, Stark Powers Productions' "Little Mutinies" starring lesbian icon Guinevere Turner, the sexy short "Getting Off" and hilarious music video "Jew Lo."

Brynn Gelbard has always found herself more at home around guys. Making a film about the unique bond between guys and dykes with the help of many of her closest lezbros felt like just another day at the pub. Brynn has produced television commercials, music videos, short and feature films. One of her favorite production memories entails getting to tell Bob Hoskins that wacthing 'Mermaids' and falling in love with Winona Ryder was when realized she was a lesbian. For her latest project, Brynn spoofed 'Jenny from the Block' about a recovered Jewish American Princess from Long Island called "Jew Lo" who emerges from her East Coast closet to become a faux queen in San Francisco. It features comedy duo Jew Lo and Devorah becoming as inseparable best friends. Brynn is at work on a feature script along with her band of co-filmmakers.

Artist Hilary Goldberg is primarily a filmmaker with a combined body of narrative, documentary, and experimental work. Her films are continually touring the international film festival circuit. Some of her films include in the Spotlight, Beyond Lovely, and Render: Spanning Time with Ani DiFranco, as well as Big Deal, the recent music video for hip-hop artist Katastrophe. Goldberg has toured nationally as a spoken-word artist, performing work from her project Giraffe Medicine at large festivals as well as universities, clubs, and coffeehouses. She has recently relocated to San Francisco where she is finishing work on her upcoming feature film installation project recLAmation, an experimental post-capitalist journey through Los Angeles.

Justin Kelly has directed numerous music videos for Bay Area bands, some of which screen on MTV's queer network LOGO, as well as short films that have played internationally at film festivals. He's currently working as an editor for various projects before delving into his first feature film.

Courtney Trouble is a queer erotic artist from San Francisco, CA. She began the underground porn site NoFauxxx.Com in 2003 and has kept the project alive ever since. She works with digital photography and film,as well as video. She works both behind and in front of the camera, knowing that her unique point of view comes from the excitement ofboth exhibitionism and voyeurism. Trouble also spends time playing guitar and writing songs in her band, The Divine Feud, making porn with other queer artists, and searching for that perfect part time art


Femina Potens is a nationally recognized art gallery and performance space dedicated to the advancement of women and transgendered artists since 2001.

Sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center with support from California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, the Zellerbach Foundation and Grants for the Arts. Femina Potens is a leading queer organization in San Francisco, and has been featured on the LOGO channel, Q-Television, Bitch, Bust, Spread, Brian Alexander's book "America Unzipped", the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Chronicle where Violet Blue called Femina Potens, "the most happening art space in the city; a revolution in art and sex."

2199 Market St | San Francisco, CA 94114 US