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The Queer Umbrella

The Queer Umbrella

Cappuccino

Switzerland, 2010, 16 min
Genre/Subjects: Coming Out, Gay, Youth
Language: in French with Russian subtitles

DIRECTOR: Tamer Ruggli

Despite his marginal and extrovert looks, Jeremie is a shy teenager who keeps a heavy secret: his homosexuality. While trying to find his way between his classmate and sexual fantasy Damien and his very generous but protective mother Gina, his life is about to change...

The Queer Umbrella

UK, 2010, 3 min
Genre/Subjects: Queer, LGBT
Language: in English with Russian subtitles

DIRECTOR: Rosa Middleton

The Queer Umbrella is a short animated film investigating what the word 'Queer' means today. It works like a moving 'Zine', combining the different ideas of several people along with a variety of animation styles and media.

Masala Mama

Singapore, 2010, 8 min
Genre/Subjects: Tolerance
Language: in Tamil & Hokkien with Russian and English subtitles

DIRECTOR: Michael Kam

The young son of a poor "rag-and-bone" man aspires to draw superheroes but goes about it the wrong way by stealing a comic book from the gentle owner of a small Indian grocery ("mama") shop. When fate brings them together again, they each discover something much more important...

1977

UK, 2007, 9min
Genre/Subjects: Lesbian, Coming Out, Youth, Animation
Language: in Spanish with Russian subtitles

DIRECTOR: Peque Varela

From childhood to adolescence, a persons itinerary between two sexes, that society locks up in stereotypes and a womens body.
Peque Varela is a graduate of the NFTS film school of London, in the animation section. She produced clips for MTV: Car People, Robot and an animation sequence for the last Tim Burton film: Sweeney Todd.

AWARDS
2007 Winner - Best Film Audience Award, London International Animation Festival, UK

The Distance Between

Australia, 2009, 23 min
Genre/Subjects: Youth, Gay, Coming Out, Animation, Drama
Language: in English with Russian Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Michael Fahd

The Distance Between is a twisted coming-of-age tale. 14 year old Raymond, pursued by a distorted fantasy, seeks an escape from the torments of a confused youth. Set in the 1980s, his dream of finding happiness away from a severe reality, takes him a fair greater distance than expected.

Generations

USA, 2011, 30 min
Genre/Subjects: Queer filmmaking, queer culture, history, experimental
Language: in English with Russian subtitles

DIRECTOR: Barbara Hammer and Gina Carducci

GENERATIONS is a 30-minute16mm film about mentoring and passing on the tradition of personal experimental filmmaking. Barbara Hammer, 70 years old, hands the camera to Gina Carducci, a young queer filmmaker. Shooting during the last days of Astroland at Coney Island, New York, the filmmakers find that the inevitable fact of ageing echoes in the architecture of the amusement park and in the emulsion of the film medium itself. Editing completely separately both picture and sound, the filmmakers join their films in the middle when theyve finished making a true generational and experimental experiment.

In a time when digital dominates the art domain, a DIY aesthetic is embraced by Gina Carducci, a young thirty-year-old filmmaker who hand processes 16mm film and a seventy-year-old pioneer of queer experimental cinema, Barbara Hammer. Hammer invites Carducci to collaborate on a new film, GENERATIONS.

Celebrating Hammer's spontaneous shooting style and dense editing montage with Carducci's studied cinematography, the two filmmakers, generations apart in age, shoot the last days of Astroland in Coney Island, New York. The aged but vibrant amusement park, characteristic of the 70-year-old Hammer, is a fitting environment for the photoplay of the two Bolex filmmakers.

Hammer takes Carducci under the boardwalk to film again the sun-striped landscape celebrated in her groundbreaking film, NITRATE KISSES (1992). Carducci circles the age spots on Hammer's face as the Ferris wheel turns one last time. Using cross processing to discover an unusual color display, Carducci then turns to the contact printer, a large film laboratory machine to make work prints from the original camera negative which she then hand processes.

Inspired by the revolutionary Shirley Clarke film, BRIDGES-GO-ROUND (1958) where Clarke printed the same footage twice using two different soundtracks, Carducci/Hammer go further. Each filmmaker will take the same footage and sound elements and edit her own version/vision. Carducci will edit in film, Hammer in digital, which will be output, to film for the final piece.

Joined together at the middle, the final 20-30 minute film, GENERATIONS, will inspire experimentation, collaboration, and the continual use of film in a digital age and cross-generational mentoring.

Mentoring is an important process ensuring film and historical continuity. In a culture where rapid change destabilizes queer culture, a history will be forgotten without a dedication to preserving and practicing a sharing, a continuance, a cross-generational mentoring.

AWARDS
2011 Winner - Best Short Film, Teddy Award, Berlinale International Film festival