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Shorts: Hearts and Crafts

Thu Nov 11, 18:00 to 19:30

Film, Rose Lipman Building, £5 / £0 con

From lubed-up plastic facial vulvas to tributes to loved ones, these experimental and handmade films exemplify the crafting that goes on in queer lives: of identities, of relationships, of family structures, of languages, images and film.

TO THE FARMHOUSE | dir. Sarah Hill | USA 2021 | 11’
My mother, the owl. A stop-motion autobiographical film tracing the director’s trauma of mistreatment and transphobic abuse by their mother, teaching us that the way we disrupt heteronormative structures of family and the church is through reclaiming our past.

COVID SUMMER | dir. Todd Verow | USA 2020 | 3’
Shot on Super 8 film using single-frame photography, COVID SUMMER condenses all the anxiety and restless sexual tension of the summer of 2020 into a single observational journey from the city to the shore.

REVEALING THE ESSENCE OF A PORTRAIT | dir. Josephine Baltzersen | Denmark 2020 | 2’
An investigation of the vagina as an independent living organism - it is active, with a voice, capable of thinking, acting, breathing.

SNACK TIME | dir. Jo Sordini | Germany 2020 | 6’
A slurping song of body enhancements and alien vulva-loving. Expect slime, saliva, squirting and slippery lips.

PSYCHIC MEAT | dir. Stephen Wardell | USA 2020 | 9’
Emotional, raw ruminations on meat, bodies, hearts, tears, salt, preservation and families.

LOOKING FOR BARBARA | dir. Helen Kilbride | UK 2021 | 8’
A tribute to Barbara Hammer following her death in 2019, discussing the meaning that her work had for lesbians and experimental filmmakers the world over. We miss you, Barbara.

FISH BOWL | dir. Julian Konuk | UK 2021 | 16’
An episodic examination of queer communication and connection - with ourselves, with other bodies, with nature (which is inherently queer, obvs).

AN APPROACHING WORLD | dir. Andy Motz | USA 2021 | 3’
A cross-country reflection on the familiar route that so many queer people traverse, from rural to urban, from unsafe to safe, and from storm to shelter in search of liberation.

GREEN THOUGHTS | dir. William Hong-xiao Wei | UK 2020 | 20’
Lavender, violet, green carnation. A Sapphic weaving of wanders through the grasses of Scottish fields and rewilding ruins with the powerful, flowerful writings of Deleuze and Dickinson.

TWO SONS AND A RIVER OF BLOOD | dir. Angelo Madsen Minax and Amber Bemak | USA 2021 | 10’
In the wake of a miscarriage, a self-made family unit of two dykes and a trans man question where bodies live when they are not inside us. From a hole, to a river, to a featureless white room, the act of techno-sex becomes the key to access a world of non-bodied existence.


CW: flashing lights, nudity, unsimulated sex, discussion of trauma, transphobia, abuse, miscarriage, surgery/illness, death.


All the films in this programme have closed captions (CC),
but there is no access provision for the intro/Q&A


Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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