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Femme2006: Film Screening Announced

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Femme 2006 Conference Announces Film Screening Program

SAN FRANCISCO , California – July 24, 2006 – “ Femme 2006: Conversations and Explorations ” is proud to announce the film screening program for the Femme 2006 conference. (Register at http://www.femme2006.com )

Two amazing screenings are planned for Sunday August 13th.

Co-Presenters

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
http://www.qwocmap.org/
Frameline/SF International LGBT Film Festival
http://www.frameline.org/

Strap-ons and Straps Off: Femme Identity and Liberation
Sunday, August 13th
1:30-3:00pm
International Room

Free for Conference Registrants
$5.00 - $15.00 sliding scale for General Public

In this film program, a decade of films deliver new femme worlds traversing the streets and sheets of Black Britain, past the elite ivory towers of colleges and universities, and down the Fruitvale streets and front seats of Oakland. Bad-ass femmes, marimachas, B.D. women, womanists, lesbian feminists, and academic queer theorists take over the screen to imagine and re-invent femme identities. 

FtF: Female to Femme gathers feminist queer theorists, punk rock icons, outspoken writers and femme divas to discuss femme politics and gender identity. Past Present Future: (In)Formation Sequence vamps through gritty urban streets, as femmes, dykes, faggots, jotas, and queers arm themselves with humor, fabulous headgear, and bitchin’ self-defense maneuvers. ¿Tienes Hambre? dishes up juicy tacos, a juicier butch and the juiciest Oakland femme in this homage to the working-class realities of marimachas and jotas. Cherries In The Snow: An Ode to Joan Nestle beguiles us with glimpses of red lingerie as it celebrates femme history and a femme historian. B.D. Women smoothly struts through the sultry jazz clubs of 1920s Harlem into very real homes and lives of Black British lesbians to gaze honestly at the intersection of racial and sexual identity.

FtF: Female to Femme by Elizabeth Stark and Kami Chisolm (2006 USA 52 min)

Past Present Future: (In) formation sequence by Jessica Lawless (2004 USA 5 min)

¿Tienes Hambre? by Margo Mercedes Rivera-Weiss (2004 USA 7 min)

Cherries in the Snow: An ode to Joan Nestle by Melissa Levin (2002 CANADA 5 min)

B.D. Women by Inge Blackman (1994 U.K. 20 min)

Special Panel: Femininities, Feminism, and Femmes
Sunday, August 13th
3:00-4:00 pm

In this panel discussion, we expand the political dialogue that Strap-ons and Straps Off! films initiate, and invite our community into an open conversation that explores the promises and limitations of a femme politic. How do we change the lens through which femininity and femme have traditionally been idealized? How do we visualize our own bodies, desires and cultures? What communities do we imagine as our own? How does femme identity intersect with our other identities? How do we harness this power for political effect? Please join us in this community conversation, with femmes and our allies, as we get to the heart of these questions and our desires.

Moderators: Darshan Elena Campos, Kebo Drew
Panelists: Tina D'Elia, Cindy Emch, Shawna Virago

Femmes In Space: Revolutionary Loves
Sunday, August 13th
7:15 -9:15pm
International Room

Free for Conference Registrants
$5.00 - $15.00 sliding scale for General Public

From bartenders to rodeo queens, this program of short films revels in the glorious diversity of femininity as femmes master their looks, politics, and identities. These films remind us that revolutions are born out of love for our lovers, our communities, and ourselves. 

Circuit boards, longneck beers, and barbells tease our tongues with femininity's sweet afterkick in Feminine Sense. Four loving video letters to Ms. Parton charm us with a piece of femme heaven and a femme icon in Letters to Dolly. A personal musing, Texture of Honesty, ponders the natural state of sassy and proud Black hair. Dragon Desire sparkles with a kaleidoscopic exploration of desire and femme vulnerability that is slick and splendid. A hungry Latin@ butch gets a tasty side dish next to the taco truck in ¿Tienes Hambre? A ballsy femme gang ignites the revolution on roller skates in Quality Bad Funds The Revolution. In Serve Thy Master , the Virgin Mary shows us that there is neither sin nor shame in sex as a femme takes the reins to her own liberation.

Feminine Sense by Crystal Weston (2006 USA 9 min)

Letters to Dolly by Haley Ausserer (2004 USA 21 min)

The Texture of Honesty by Sandy Falby (2001 USA 7 min)

Dragon Desire by Madeleine Lim (2004 USA 2 min)

¿Tienes Hambre? by Margo Mercedes Rivera-Weiss (2004 USA 7 min)

Quality Bad Funds The Revolution by Rebeka Rodriguez (2006 USA 10 min)

Serve Thy Master by Trina Espinoza (2005 USA 12 min)

A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow this screening. All works except Letters to Dolly were created through Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project which promotes the visibility of queer women of color through the creation and exhibition of films & videos that reflect the life stories and the vital social justice issues that concern this community.

Hotel Information: 
Cathedral Hill Hotel 
1101 Van Ness Ave. at Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone: 415-776-8200
Fax: 415-441-2841

Registration Inquiries: Angie Ward, Registration Chair http://www.femme2006.com/registrationcontact.html

Film Inquiries: Kebo Drew, Film Curator http://www.femme2006.com/performerscontact.html

All other inquiries: Gina Coffman, Media Chair http://www.femme2006.com/mediacontact.html

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