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NW Film Center: Engaging Audiences with LGBT Content

  • NW Film Center 934 SW Salmon Street Portland, OR 97205 (map)

This lively panel discussion will take artists, creatives, filmgoers, and filmmakers on a behind-the-scene look at some of the current approaches being used to capture and celebrate LGBT voices on film: traditional time-based media (e.g., live audience film screenings and festivals) and emerging models outside of the theatrical settings (e.g., site specific programs and events). Hear about new curatorial and programmatic strategies, and how this type of engagement is turning LGBT film exhibition into a form of community building and celebration. What unique or special aspects of LGBT filmmaking should be celebrated? Who is the preferred audience for LGBT work, how can they be reached, and how might this audience expand? Are there ongoing challenges to be addressed? Are new challenges emerging even as acceptance of LGBT perspectives and content continues to grow? Bring your questions as they will shape the conversation! 

Esteemed Panelists: 

DAVID WEISSMAN is a founder and co-programmer of QDOC, the only festival in the U.S. devoted exclusively to LGBT documentaries. Founded in 2007 with an emphasis on visiting artist interaction, this curate festival highlights award-winning films fresh from Sundance, Berlin, Hot Docs, Tribeca, Amsterdam and other top-tier festivals. Past subjects have included historical films, personal stories, artist biographies, experimental work and topical films dealing with current controversies. The festival has hosted emerging filmmakers as well as three Academy Award-winning directors. 

CARLA ROSSI, Portland’s premiere drag clown, programs and hosts QUEER HORROR, a bimonthly festival of genre work by queer artists, performers and filmmakers at the Hollywood Theatre. QUEER HORROR questions horror’s relation to queerness and what it means to identify with the “monster.” Carla’s human avatar, ANTHONY HUDSON, is a multi-disciplinary artist, performer and filmmaker. Together they have been featured at PICA’s TBA festival, Conduit Dance’s DANCE + Festival, Seattle PrideFest and other events, and they recently premiered CARLA ROSSI SINGS THE END OF THE WORLD, a semi-one-woman cabaret set somewhere between Weimar Germany and America today. 

BRADFORD NORDEEN is a bi-coastal curator and the found of DIRTY LOOKS, a monthly platform for queer experimental film and video. Other work includes the site-specific large scale series DIRTY LOOKS: ON LOCATION, a month of queer interventions in New York City spaces, and SESION CONTINUA, which was screened in a 24-hour porn theatre in Echo Park. Working with a vast array of venues from MOMA and The Kitchen to historic gay bars, video stores, and “buddy booths,” he has organized screenings internationally at venues like PARTICIPANT INC, the Hammer Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, White Columns, Artists Space, and Judson Memorial Church. His writing has been published in Art in America, the Huffington Post, Lambda Literary, Little Joe, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, and Butt Magazine, among others. He holds an MA in Cinema Cultures from King’s College London and a BFA in Photography and Media from CalArts. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Earlier Event: February 18
Queer Horror: Fright Night
Later Event: April 14
Queer Horror: High Tension