Two NYC screenings this week!

Jeannine Tang and Reina Gossett with Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas:Love Revolution, Not State Collusion

Thursday June 7, 2012, 7:30 pm
New Museum Theater, NYC

As transgender issues, artists, and theory have received greater recognition in contemporary art discourses and institutions since the 2000s, activist Reina Gossett, art historian Jeannine Tang will discuss the role of art and artists in recent movement building, and how contemporary art figures in critical trans politics today. This will feature a screening of the film “Criminal Queers,” followed by a conversation with filmmakers Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas.

“Criminal Queers” visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. By expropriating the “prison break” genre the question of form and content collapse into a rhythm of affective histories as images of possibility materializes even after possibility itself is foreclosed. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined.

This event is supported by the New Museum, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

A parallel conversation on recent organizing and movement building will be hosted by Sylvia Rivera Law Project on Friday, June 8 at 6pm.

Reina Gossett is a trans activist working at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as Director of Membership and was formerly director of the Welfare Organizing Project at Queers for Economic Justice as well as a Soros Justice Fellow on staff at Critical Resistance.|

Eric A. Stanley works at the intersections of radical trans/queer aesthetics, theories of state violence, and visual culture. While completing a PhD in the History of Consciousness department at UCSC, Eric along with Chris Vargas, directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2012) which have been screened at Palais de Tokyo, LACE, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow and SF Cameraworks among numerous other venues. Eric is also the editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) which was recenlty selected as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.

Jeannine Tang is an art historian teaching as Academic Advisor at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, while completing her doctoral work at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Chris E. Vargas is a film and video maker based in Oakland, CA, whose thematic interests include queer radicalism, transgender hirstory, and imperfect role models. He earned his MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011. Since 2008, he has been making, in collaboration with Greg Youmans, the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love…with Chris and Greg. Episodes of the series have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including MIX NYC, SF Camerawork, and the Tate Modern. With Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed the movie Homotopia (2006) and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2012). His solo video projects include Extraordinary Pregnancies (2010), Liberaceón (2011), and ONE for all… (2012).

During the run of the exhibition “Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently,” Motta invites local queer artists, activists, and academics to hold public events on select Thursday evenings in the Museum as Hub. Events include a conversation about transgender issues in contemporary art, a lecture on queer and feminist theologies, a workshop on HIV/AIDS activism today, a “cruising” walk, a presentation of a book about queer responses to gay inclusion in the military, and a collective reading of queer texts, all of which address critical issues of contemporary queer culture in the United States.
FB event page is here.

Criminal Queers Community Screening and Discussion

Friday June 8th at 7 PM
147 West 24th Street, 5th Floor
Free, All Are Welcome. Building has an elevator.

On Friday evening come join filmmakers Eric A Stanley & Chris Vargas for a screening of the film CRIMINAL QUEERS. We’ll be discussing the role of art and artists in movement building, and how art helps shape trans politics today. The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmakers Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas.

Supported by Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice & Queers for Economic Justice

There is a FB event page here.

contact Reina Gossett for more details:
rmgossett at

Homotopia returns!

Have you been wanting to see Homotopia but have never gotten the chance? Well, we are excited to report that there will be two screening in October. The first of these will be in Richmond, VA at a place called The Wingnut Anarchist Collective. The screening is on Sunday October 23 at 7pm, its free so people should check it out. Also, here is the event page if you do that kinda thing.(sadly, neither Chris nor i will be at this screening)

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective
2005 Barton Avenue
Richmond, Virginia
The second screening will be at NYU on Monday October 24th at 6pm. Homotopia is screening at part of their Pride Month ( better Homotopia than Dan Savage , right?). This event it also free and open to the public so bring your people. Again, an event page.  (Eric and Ralowe will be there)
NYU Kimmel Center, 912
New York, New York
Also, we mentioned it before but a friend of ours started a great new blog called RADICAL FAGGOT (great name!). He wrote a piece about Criminal Queers there, you can check it out here: “Criminal Queers, Camp and Rasquache: Reimagined Aesthetics for a Reimagined Social Order
Lastly, Homotopia just turned 5 years old!

speaking of more books

The catalog for the show “Suggestions of a Life Being Lived” which was curated by Danny Orendorff and Adrienne Skye Roberts is now out and about. It features lots of full-color pages documenting the show which included Criminal Queers, Falling in love..with Chris and Greg, Jason Fritz’s drawing along with lots of other good stuff. Get yourself a copy of Suggestions of a Life Being Lived: A Queer Exploration of Three Public Themes. (yes amazon is evil, but the gallery does not have it up yet)

books, books and more books

Chris has designed the cover for the new Against Equality book coming out in October. This anthology, Against Equality: Don’t Ask to Fight Their Wars, is edited by Ryan Conrad and challenges the current movement fighting to allow gay and lesbian folks to serve in the military (they are also trying to raise some money for the project, if you have any extra check this out). Also, the anthology I co-edited, Captive Gender: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex will be out in August on AK Press,. There will  be a book launch on September 8th, 2011 at 7pm at Modern Times bookstore in San Francisco (and many more after, so keep a lookout). Captive Genders would be a great book to read before or after watching Criminal Queers. Speaking of CQ, we are booking some screenings/talks for the fall and winter, hit us up if you wanna bring us to your town. The interview that the amazing folks in Kingston, ON (Kym Nacita and DJ Fraz) did with us it now archived, so you can listen to it here. Also, if you are interested in teaching Homotopia get your library to contact us about institutional sales, then it will be archived forever. I have visions of a student looking in the DVD archive 20 years from now and finding Homotopia and wonder what it is, and wondering what DVDs were.

Homotopia at Queeriot 2011

Here is the 411:

Time: 8 PM July 10, 2011

Location: AKA Social Centre (75 Queen Street) Kingston, ON

Still in town? Join us for a relaxing evening of amazing short films, popcorn and cuddles. We’re really fortunate to be able to show three fantastic short films…

FAT Margaret Donahoe
WANT Loree Erickson
HOMOTOPIA Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas

For more info go here.

we love the queers of Kingston, ON

Some amazing folks in Kingston, ON (Canada) recently interviewed us as part of their special pride day event. The day-long program also featured Queer youth in Kingston, The Lost Bois, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Scott Wilson, Kenji Tokawa, Alexis Mitchell, and Scott Morgensen. Its five hours of fun, you can listen to it archived here. (the show aired 6/15/2011) Also, if you happen to be in Kingston this summer, check out Queeriot  which is according to them,  “Queeriot 2011 is a radical convergence in Kingston from July 8-10 to bring queers together across lines of difference. Kingston is home to multiple prisons, a military base, and an elitist university. It is also the birthplace of the white supremacist, colonial nation called Canada. We’re calling on queers to cum together to disrupt this shit. Our skills, knowledge and bodies are weapons in this fight.” Check them out here. I believe they will be screening Homotopia there so keep an eye out for that.