Professor Suzie Silver Co-Curates Two Queer Film Screenings

Posted on May 8, 2018

Professor Suzie Silver and Hilary Harp curated two screenings for Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Luna Park Experimental Film series. On Friday, May 11 at 8:00pm, “Out in the Woods” features international short queer folk and fairy tale films. On Saturday, May 12 at 1:00pm, “Over the Rainbow” presents queer and experimental shorts for kids of all ages. “Over the Rainbow” is preceded at noon by Drag Queen Story Hour with Akasha L. Van-Cartier.

“Out in the Woods” includes sixteen queer interpretations of world folk and fairy tales including Filipino and Chinese mythologies exploring queer diasporic identities; same-sex love in a prehispanic Mexican ritual; a Shinto God who makes it rain condoms; and a queer retelling of a Swedish folk-tale about two sisters, three wishes and a calamitous obsession with a sausage. The films in Out in the Woods are both a reinterpretation of traditional folklore or mythology and the invention of a new queer folk culture.

Prior to the screening on Saturday, local drag queen Miss Akasha L. Van-Cartier (a.k.a. Michael King) will read aloud from books that celebrate difference, self-expression and love and respect for others at noon. At 1:00 PM, Silver and Harp will present a screening designed for gender non-conforming kids, queer families and their allies. “Over the Rainbow: Queer and Experimental Shorts for Kids of All Ages” presents eight short films on difference-affirming, gender-variance, and anti-bullying themes. A shy boy’s heart jumps out of his chest to follow a bookish boy right into school – will the shy boy ever get his heart back? Why are all of Alexa’s favorite things, like car-shaped beds, super balls, and soccer called “boy things?” If your Mom is an airplane, what is your Dad? Can a merman ensnare a beautiful landsman by playing a song from Disney’s “Little Mermaid” on the violin? Can a bat who sleeps all day find a night-time friend? The short films in “Over the Rainbow” are moving, hilarious, beautiful and inventive visions of a genderfluid world.

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