Aesthetic Queeries

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Stages of Mourning (Sarah Pucill, 2004)Aesthetic Queeries
Part of the Open City Docs Fest
Saturday June 23, 17h
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

This programme of short documentaries queers the aesthetics and forms of filmmaking as well as exploring and documenting queer lives, staged reality, psychological states and audience participation and reaction. From the cut-up techniques of Daniel McIntyre and Ruth Novaczek, the camp aesthetic of Kuchar’s documentary ode to his dog, the handmade DIY punk of two films from Pitbull Productions’ The Filmic Pleasure Trilogy, to the delicate formalism of Sarah Pucill’s meditation on grief, is there such thing as a queer aesthetic? Barbara Hammer thinks there is and a rare screening of Audience celebrates the 20th anniversary of this film in which Hammer turns her camera on her audience(s) chronicling three film and lesbian scenes at her screenings: politicised San Francisco, expressive Montreal and a more sombre London still finding its voice.

- Marijuana Moment (Pitbull Productions a.k.a. Bev Zalcock & Sara Chambers, 2000, UK, 3’)
- Fast Friends (Pitbull Productions a.k.a. Bev Zalcock & Sara Chambers, 2000, UK, 3’)
- The Mongreloid (George Kuchar, 1978, USA, 9’)
- Some Day My Prince Will Come (Daniel McIntyre, 2011, Canada, 12’)
- Nice Coloured Girls (Tracey Moffatt, 1987, Australia, 17’)
- Radio (Ruth Novaczek, 2011, UK, 6’)
- Stages of Mourning (Sarah Pucill, 2004, UK, 17’)
- Audience (Barbara Hammer, 1982, USA/Canada, UK, 32’)