6 Sessions »Tuesdays, September 8–October 13
7:30–10:30 pm | Studio 20A and 20B | $275
Lipstick and Leather is a six-week workshop exploring the history and methods of queer experimental filmmaking. Looking at works that range from campy debauchery, trashy tabloids, diary confessionals, grassroots activism, and sensual studies in light and texture, we will explore how queer filmmakers have defied standards of narrative cinema and normative desire. We will study films by Jack Smith, Kenneth Anger, Barbara Hammer, the Kuchar brothers, Marlon Riggs, Sadie Benning, Vaginal Cream Davis, Stom Sogo, and others—including many emerging artists. With topics ranging from visibility and violence, health and healing, sin and sensuality, and family, fashion, and fetish, each class will showcase various short films alongside lectures and readings contextualizing each filmmaker, their political framework, and their aesthetic contribution. Through analysis and group discussion, we will examine how cinematic form (including cinematography, editing, and story structure) not only affects content but also produces meaning. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to workshop their own short film or critical essay.
is a queercore artist working in 16-millimeter celluloid and lo-fi video. His films have screened widely, including in the Crossroads Film Festival in San Francisco, MIX NYC, the TIE Cinema Exposition, the Onion City Experimental Festival, and the San Francisco National Queer Arts Festival. In 2014, the San Francisco Bay Guardian
honored him with the Goldie Award in Film. In 2012, his film Gold Moon, Sharp Arrow
won Best Experimental Film at the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival. Amalya holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from SFAI. He currently lectures at California College of the Arts and curates INFRARED: New Visions from the Queer Avant-Garde
for the Seattle Queer Film Festival. Originally from Vermont, Amalya lives in Oakland.View Gallery »