We are (still) Born in Flames

We are  excited that the special issue of Women and Performance edited by Craig Willse and Dean Spade is now out (and the cover features a still from CQ with Star and Joy). You can read Criag and Dean’s  introduction here. Also, we (Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley) had a conversation with Wu Tsang about Criminal Queers, Homotopia, Wu’s film Wildness, and their relationship to Born in Flames. The piece is called “Queer love economies: Making trans/feminist film in precarious times” you can read it here.

 

Criminal Queers in LA and Support the NJ4

We will be screening Criminal Queers at Outfest in LA on July 13, 2013 as part of the Platinum series. The screening is at at 7:15pm at REDCAT. More info can be found here. Also, there is a fundraising effort to help Patreese  (one of the NJ4) transition out of prison and back home. If you can donate please do so, and if not help us spread the word far and wide. Here is the link to the online campaign. If you are in the Bay Area, there is also a benefit for her right around the corner.

Homotopia screening in Chicago

(from the event’s organizers)
Kickoff Event: Illusion of Marriage
May 31, 2013
7pm to 930pm
800 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60607


Join us for a screening of Homotopia, a 2007 film by Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas, (screenings at 7:15 and 8:15) and The Papi Project: Archival Images, a multimedia slide installation & programmed soundtrack, by Oli Rodriguez(screenings at 7:45 and 8:45).


This will be a kickoff event for the upcoming issue of Carceral Notebooksan independently published academic journal that critically explores contemporary culture and society through the lens of art, philosophy, social science, and law. Focusing on the theme of marriage and family, the issue will address topics like heterosexual opposition to marriage, homosexual opposition to marriage, “going solo,” alternatives forms of family, varieties of kinship, polymorphous perverse models for relationships, serial monogamy, etc.

 

The issue will be released as an online journal in late June to coincide with the Supreme Court Decision on same-sex marriage. The issue is designed to break open that conversation by being intentionally provocative across disciplines and through a wide variety of artistic practices. In addition to the publication, the editors are curating a series of events.

Spring screenings in MA and PA

We are excited to be screening Criminal Queers in Cambridge, MA on April 25, 2013 7pm at BYO: Criminal Queers at The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information you can go here there is also a fb event page here.

We are also finalizing plans to screen in West Chester, PA on April 27, 2013 more info on that soon.

Chowchilla Freedom Rally

Chris, Eric and a bunch of people from Criminal Queers will be heading to the action at Chowchilla on Saturday January 26, 2013. You and your friends should come too!

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is converting Valley State Prison for Women into a men’s prison in response to a U.S. Supreme Court order to reduce overcrowding. Instead of releasing people, they are squeezing over 1,000 women and transgender people into the two remaining women’s prisons. This has aggravated overcrowding (bringing Central California Women’s Facility’s population dangerously close to 4000), created dangerous conditions and health care is getting much worse. What’s more, they have added yet another men’s prison to their inhumane system.

COME SHOW SUPPORT FOR ALL PEOPLE LOCKED UP IN CHOWCHILLA’S PRISONS!

TELL THE FEDERAL JUDGES OVERCROWDING MUST STOP NOW!

BRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME!

Rides available by bus and carpool. Contact chowchilla.rally@gmail.com or 415-255-7036 x 314

Caravans leaving from MacArthur BART in Oakland at 10:30AM and Chuco’s Justice Center in Inglewood at 8:30AM. We will gather at 2PM at SE corner of Ave. 24 and Fairmead Blvd off Highway 99 in Chowchilla.

Rally begins at 3PM at VSPW.

Manifestación Para la Libertad de Chowchilla, Sabado, 26 de enero

3:00PM en Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW)

Criminal Queers with Eric and Chris in WI, PA, NJ, and NY

Chris and Eric will be heading out  for a few screenings of Criminal Queers in October. All the screenings are free and open to the public and will feature a screening of the film and a Q and A with Chris and Eric.  More information will be coming soon but here is what we have now:

Wednesday October 3, 2012 7-9pm University of WI- La Crosse, in the Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

Thursday October 4, 2012 7-9pm University of WI- Madison, Red Gym, Maisley Media Room  Fb event page is here.

Tuesday October 9, 2012 4:30-6:30pm, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA at the LPAC cinema

Wednesday October 10, 2012 7:30-9:30pm Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Douglas Campus Center                                                                                                                                         Fb event page is here.

Wednesday October 10, 2012 6:30pm  Homotopia will be screening (without Chris and Eric, but you should still go if you have not seen it) Kimmel Center for University Life 60 Washington Sq. South, Room 909

Thursday October 11, 2012 7:45-9:45pm New York University, NY, NY Kimmel Center for University Life 60 Washington Sq. South, Room 905