A Stop-Motion Animated Adventure
With Live Accompaniment
by Your Heart Breaks
Director, Clyde Petersen, in Attendance!
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Tuesday, October 25, 7 pm, $7 – 10
TORREY PINES is an autobiographical stop-motion animated feature movie directed by Clyde Petersen. This transgender coming-of-age tale takes place in southern California in the early 1990’s, a time when MTV shaped teenage minds and a generation of Nintendo loving nerds came to realize the world they were born into. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. Tortured by delusions of political conspiracies and struggling with a dysfunctional family, Petersen’s mom kidnaps twelve-year-old Petersen and takes them on a cross-country adventure that will alter their family forever.
TORREY PINES’s compelling visual style is mesmerizingly articulate, every scene filled with jointed paper puppets and intricate cut-paper collage sets. It is handmade, textured, and full of life. Every object in the film was individuals constructed and hand-painted. Without dialogue, TORREY PINES relies on its vibrant visual storytelling and original music to drive the plot.
“This film is for queer punks, trans youth, and people who struggle with mental health issues in their lives. It is for people who grew up without much money and used their imaginations to escape and find safe spaces. It is about being transgender before you could look that word up in the internet and find others like you.”- Clyde Petersen, Director
Clyde Petersen is a Seattle based artist working in film, animation, music, installation, and fabulous spectacle. He is member of the the transgender and queer communities in Seattle. He travels the world with his punk band, YOUR HEART BREAKS and hosts the internet film series, BOATING WITH CLYDE in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum.
Your Heart Breaks includes Clyde Petersen, Zach Burba, and Jacob Jaffe.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster
Filed under: animation
John Greyson’s URINAL
Presented by White Light Cinema
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, November 4th, 7 pm, $7-10
White Light Cinema is pleased to present Canadian filmmaker and artist John Greyson’s rarely seen 1988 classic of queer cinema, URINAL, which continues to be one of the most provocative and urgent works made during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
URINAL (1988, 100 min, Blu-Ray Projection)
Directed by John Greyson
“An assortment of deceased great gay artists from history are mysteriously brought back from the dead and summoned to a Toronto garden to be given a special assignment: to investigate the causes, history and implications of public urinal arrests in Ontario. Over the course of seven evenings, Sergei Eisenstein, Frida Kahlo, Yukio Mishima, Langston Hughes, Frances Loring and Frances Wyle are presented with data relating to a number of gay-issues, including the history of public washroom sex and its policing. Greyson’s first feature, URINAL challenges conventions, drawing on techniques from video, documentary, narrative and experimental film to create a thought-provoking examination of the history and status of gays and lesbians in contemporary society. Winner of the Teddy award at the 1989 Berlin Film Festival.” (Canadian Film Institute)
“John Greyson is a Toronto film/video artist whose shorts, features and installations include: Fig Trees (2009, Best Documentary Teddy, Berlin FIlm Festival; Best Canadian Feature, Inside Out Festival); Proteus (2003, Best Film, Diversity Award, Barcelona Film Festival; Best Actor, Sithenghi Film Festival); The Law of Enclosures (2000, Best Actor Genie); Lilies (1996 – Best Film Genie, Best Film at festivals in Montreal, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, San Francisco); Un©ut (1997, Honourable Mention, Berlin Film Festival); Zero Patience (1993 – Best Canadian Film, Sudbury Film Festival); The Making of Monsters (1991 – Best Canadian Short, Toronto Film Festival, Best Short Film Teddy – Berlin Film Festival); and Urinal (1988 – Best Feature Teddy, Berlin Film Festival). He co-edited Queer Looks, a critical anthology on gay/lesbian film & video (Routledge, 1993), is the author of Urinal and Other Stories (Power Plant/Art Metropole, 1993), and has published essays and artists pieces in Alphabet City, Public, FUSE, and twelve critical anthologies. An associate professor in film production at York University, he was awarded the Toronto Arts Award for Film/Video, 2000, and the Bell Canada Video Art Award in 2007.” (Vtape)
Filed under: 16mm