Joanna Arnow: i hate myself :)

& Bad at Dancing

co-presented with Beguiled Cinema

Skype Q&A with Arnow after screening
Sunday, May 31, 7 pm, $7-10
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL


i hate myself : ) (2013, 56 min)

“Several months into her first relationship, documentarian Joanna Arnow decides to follow its trajectory in a film. Her boyfriend, James Kepple, is a Texan poet who incites racial tensions at his Harlem open mic. Although James’ charisma and confidence endear him to Joanna (as well as his 112th street audience), soon he spirals out of control, drinking more heavily and provoking conflicts both on stage and at home.

As post-production of the film begins, editor Max Karson, working naked, picks arguments in a similarly abrasive manner. He accuses Joanna of ignoring the gender dynamics she plays into, repressing her sexual identity, and manipulating the story for her own benefit.

In the end, Joanna attempts to dispel the shame surrounding her character and upend the role others expect of her – the film ultimately explores the convergence between our lives and our narratives.”Arnow_bad_at

Bad at Dancing (2015, 11 min)

Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) at Berlinale 2015

“A perpetual third wheel and awkward outsider, Joanna increasingly inserts herself into the relationship of her more charismatic roommate Isabel. The two women test each other’s sexual and emotional boundaries in this surreal dark comedy.”

Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, feminism, narrative, video

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