Lands and Seas of Bones
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
As a part of the Toronto Queer Film Festival, SAVAC is happy to co-present a program of experimental shorts titled Lands and Seas of Bones. Featuring films from Turtle Island, the program remember the violence of – and celebrate the resistance to – colonialism, capitalism, and the Atlantic slave trade.
All TQFF events are “pay what you can” and wheelchair accessible. This screening will be closed-captioned and ASL-interpreted. The locations will have a pre-arranged waiting area with seating for audience members who need it prior to the doors opening for every event. Please contact TQFF if you have any additional accessibility-related inquiries.
Approximate running time: 72 minutes.
dir. Adrian Garcia Gomez | United States | 2018 | 10 min
La Mesa explores the intersections of memory, identity, and queer desire. It recreates fragmented and romanticized stories of a childhood in rural Mexico as told by the filmmaker’s father. These disjointed vignettes are interwoven with queered reenactments of scenes from popular culture as the filmmaker casts himself in the old Mexican films and American Westerns he grew up watching with his family in California.
dir. Scotty Wagner | United States | 2018 | 3 min
Filmmaker Scotty Wagner animates his old journals, offering a point of entry that stresses self-discovery over self-analysis (and criticism).
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dir. Mike Hoolboom | Canada | 2018 | 13 min
Based on a talk by Paul B. Preciado entitled “Pharmacopornographic counter fictions” at Tate Modern’s The Tanks in London in 2013, renowned Governor General award-winning filmmaker Mike Hoolboom constructs an illustrated lecture with digressive overlays.
dir. Madsen Minax | United States | 2018 | 16 min
From above and below ground, a man named Eddie describes flood lines, levees and trivial histories of the crumbling infrastructure of Memphis, TN. In this same city, filmmaker Madsen Minax, a recent transsexual transplant, watches war films and contemplates masculine connectivity as he attempts to reimagine the South. He posts a Craigslist advertisement asking men to masturbate on-camera with their firearms. He receives a single response from a man who’s name is also Eddie.
Atlantic Is a Sea of Bones
dir. Tourmaline | United States | 2017 | 7 min
Atlantic is a Sea of Bones is a short film drawing from the Lucille Clifton poem of the same name that follows Egyptt LaBejia, a NYC based performer through the 80s, 90s, and 2000’s in NYC. The haunting and otherworldly, the film is set to an original score by Geo Wythe and features small everyday acts of refusal, resistance, and existence—such as performance and self expression—that have a tremendous impact on the world.
Swarm of Selenium
dirs. Maude Matton & SJ Rahatoka | Canada / Germany | 2017 | 23 min
In the surreal dystopian present, two queer feminist crews cohabit the shells of an abandoned malt factory. As shattered glass begins to emerge from their mouths, all are shaken, but some are hit harder than others. Through dance, visual work, and anti-work, they merge forces to try to care for one another and combat the insidious, violent process which seems to increasingly come from within.