San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, The Owls) hosts a CLEVER think-tank panel featuring Bay Area media artists whose work explores the personal as political.
Storytelling has been used as a means of empowerments for a variety of marginalized racial, sexual and political identities. This panel features media artists who use themselves in their art to illustrate the value of self expression, critical reflection and collaboration that form part of broader social transformations generated by their creative practice. Hosted by Cheryl Dunye with artists Rudy Lemcke, Kim Anno, Kingston Farady and Ali Liebegott.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Born in Los Angeles, Kim Anno is a painter, photographer, and film/video artist whose work has been collected by museums nationally and shown and screened internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg in July 2012 and a screening installation at the Asian Art Museum, in San Francisco, 2012. Anno has had exhibitions at the Durban Municipal Gallery, South Africa in the “Don’t Panic Exhibition”, Flux Projects, Atlanta, Sky Dive Gallery, Houston, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, Seeline Gallery in Los Angeles, Sue Scott Gallery, NY, Site Santa Fe Biennale: One Night Stand in New Mexico, the Varnosi Museum in Hungary, DC Dusseldorf International Expo, Pulse, Miami, and the Berkeley Art Museum, the Denison University Museum, and the Hyde Collection. Recipient of the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award for SFMOMA, and Honolulu Academy of Art and the Eureka Foundation’s Fleishhaker Fellowship. In 2012 she was awarded a fellowship by the Zellerbach Foundation and a 20,000$ fellowship from the Open Circle Foundation in support of her new film, Water City, Berkeley, which premieres this December 2013. Her recent interests and expertise has been in the intersection of art and science, particularly in aesthetic issues surrounding climate change. In the fall 2013, Anno will be in production of a limited edition artists’ book at St. John’s literary press, with poet, Anne Carson. Kim Anno is a professor at the California College of the Arts, and is collaborating with faculty to create a new environmental arts/design program in 2014.
Dunye has received numerous national and international honors for her work in the media arts. Her fourth feature film THE OWLS, was celebrated at national and international film festivals in 2010. Her third feature film, Miramax’s, MY BABY’S DADDY, was a box office success and played at theaters nationwide. Dunye’s second feature, the acclaimed HBO Films, STRANGER INSIDE, garnered Dunye an Independent Spirit award nomination for best director in 2002. Dunye wrote, directed and starred in her first film which was the first African American lesbian feature film, THE WATERMELON WOMAN. It was awarded the Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and best feature in L.A.’s OutFest, Italy’s Torino, and France’s Creteil Film Festivals. Dunye’s other works have been included in the Whitney Biennial and screened at festivals in New York, London, Tokyo, Cape Town, Amsterdam and Sydney.
Dunye has served on the Directors Guild of America’s Independent Council and on the advisory board for New York’s Independent Film Project’s Gordon Parks Award. She was also a mentor for IFP/ West Project Involve and a board member of Los Angeles OUTFEST. Presently she is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Queer Cultural Center, sits on the board of Radar Productions, and is on the advisory board of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project.
KINGSTON FARADY is an inclusionist, who bridges communities and resists concepts of binary opposition
through his visability as a biracial, transgender, black man. As a writer, actor, and thirteen-year Oakland
transplant, Kingston works with art and media to evoke his internalized powers that have been marginalized by systems in an effort to illustrate how social transformation begins within the mind and heart.
RUDY LEMKE is a new media artist based in San Francisco. His artwork has been exhibited internationally and most recently at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. He is currently working on an Augmented Reality project for Golden Gate Park titled, “Orpheus in the Rhododendron Dell.” He is a founding member of San Francisco’s Queer Cultural Center where he co-curates the lecture series Queer Conversation on Culture and the Arts and works as QCC’s Communications Director.
ALI LIEBEGOTT is the author of the award-winning books The IHOP Papers and The Beautifully Worthless. Her novel Cha-Ching! will be published by Sister Spit Books in Spring 2013. In 2010, she traveled across the U.S. by train to visit women poets for a project called The Heart has many Doors— those interviews are published monthly at The Believer Logger. In addition, she works with RADAR Productions to help run the only free queer writer’s retreat in existence, THE RADAR LAB; and, is the founder of Writers Among Artists, whose events and publications include Faggot Dinosaur and The Adrienne Rich Memorial Reading and Tattoo Extravaganza
The Califas Festival
October 2-November 17, 2013
on the 5M Campus and around the state of California
Info: www.theintersection.org | www.calshakes.org
Intersection for the Arts and the California Shakespeare Theater come together this fall to co-produce the Califas Festival, a six week-long immersive, story-filled play yard of music, visual art, performance, and more in and around Intersection’s headquarters at 5M (5th and Mission) in San Francisco. The Festival is the culminating event of the Califas Project, a year of multimedia creative exploration in communities around the state including productions of Richard Montoya’s The River at Campo Santo this past March, and American Night at Cal Shakes in June. The Festival will feature a new performance piece with text by renowned California playwright Luis Alfaro, commissioned songs from seven California jazz greats including Howard Wiley and Terrence Brewer, visual art from Joan Osato, Andrea Blum, Mia Nakano and others, as well as a myriad of community voices.
Working together through their research and development wing The Triangle Lab, Cal Shakes and Intersection continue to cross boundaries in their art-making, asking what kind of change can happen when an arts event features a letter from a Dream-act youth next to portraits of and by women living in SOMA SRO’s next to the work of Macarthur-award winning Luis Alfaro, next to a crowd-sourced playlist of California songs. This is the Califas Festival: a place to discover how our journeys – individual and shared – can help us dream the future of our state.