aemi and GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival are excited to partner together for a third time to present a programme of Irish and international experimental shorts for the festival’s 30th anniversary
Titled ‘Making & Unmaking’, this programme looks at constructs of identity, particularly as they relate to ideas of queerness. These films celebrate the creativity of self-invention, evoking ways in which aspects of our past can be re-made or unmade from the stories we tell or are told of ourselves.
With a focus on a wide variety of experiences of childhood and coming of age, this screening offers reflections on transitions and interior lives made manifest, drawing out compelling relationships between past and future, truth and fiction.
Programmed by aemi (Alice Butler, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Emer Lynch)
Marcus Gambrill, Masc.ing, 2016, Ireland, 3 minutes
Masc.ing uses a music video format, drawing from 90s MTV aesthetics as well as everyday domestic objects that can be perceived as queer, to explore a transition from boy to man. Director present!
Alejandro Plumb, Angelo, 2022, Plurinational State of Bolivia, 9 minutes
Set in the Andean nation of Bolivia, Angelo focuses on a shoeshine boy who uses the power of his imagination to escape the harsh reality of life on the street. DIRECTOR’S SPOTLIGHT: A small unique masterpiece melding documentary footage with a stylised narrative, stunning colour and visual tableaux. GT
Cat and Éiméar McClay, a body is a body is a body, 2021, Ireland, 12 minutes
Catholicism, witchcraft, and queer desire collide in 3D animated tableaus. In this liminal space, language unfolds; suspended between desire and tradition, tenderness and violence.
Bárbara Lago, Yon, 2021, Argentina, 8 minutes
After finding video material of her childhood, the director reprogrammes her mythology as an infant and reflects on her body traversed by affections, fictions and years. They think about dissident sexualities, the relationship between technology and the human body, language and childhood.
Matthew LaPaglia, From a Spaceless Within, 2021, USA, 20 minutes
Compositing past and future, truth and fiction, From a Spaceless Within approaches the construction and dematerialization of the artist while asking where our intentions take root when we attempt to create anything at all.
Kymberly McDaniel, a story that doesn’t have to do with me, 2021, USA, 7 minutes
As I seek to connect with my partner about their research in bioarchaeology, a conversation emerges about survival and what is left behind after death – Kymberly McDaniel
Krissy Mahan, My Crazy Boxers, 2019, USA, 9 minutes
Suicidal – or just a working class queer caught in the wrong underpants? Pixelated fragments slowly materialise in this powerful and distressing video based on actual meetings with hospital staff while in a psychiatric hospital system.
Vernon Jordan, III, One Magenta Afternoon, 2021, USA, 8 minutes
The lesson is love: when Pop Pop and his grandson, Les, play jazz, they summon six queer spirits and tumble through their memories.
Ryan Harman, Craig Hunter, FORT, 2021, USA, 8 minutes
Two boyfriends wander beaches near New York City, finding shade under crude shelters they build with sheets, rubber bands, and materials (like driftwood) scavenged from the shore. Directors present!