DigiQueer Cinema

March 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
305 York Lanes
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

DigiQueer Cinema

Talk and  screening with filmmaker Kami Chisholm

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
305 York Lanes

In 1992, B. Ruby Rich coined the term “new queer cinema” to capture in  part the breakout of a wave of queer independent feature films on the  international film festival circuit. Many of these films subsequently also became financial successes, setting a precedent for the film industry to view queer cinema as potentially commercially viable. Today, LGBT characters abound in mainstream and independent film and television, and hundreds of LGBT themed film festivals have been established around the globe. But as LGBT representations and politics have gone increasingly mainstream and assimilationist in the US and Canada via movements such as marriage equality and inclusion in the military, so too has the programming at many of the LGBT themed festivals. This is especially true of the largest and most established LGBT festivals, which increasingly serve as gatekeepers to the queer circuit, leaving many filmmakers and audiences, especially queer and trans people of color, marginalized or shut out of representation even on alternative screens.

In this talk, filmmaker Kami Chisholm will discuss the economics and curatorial practices that have simultaneously led to the proliferation of the making of work alongside the rise of gatekeeping and other practices that privilege certain types of stories and technical proficiency over formal experimentation and overtly political content that challenges homonormativity and assimilation. Drawing from clips from her own films as well as from projects she has curated for the Toronto Queer Film Festival, Dr. Chisholm will discuss the aesthetics and politics of making, curating, and exhibiting new digiqueer cinema in the age of homonationalism.

RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca. Light refreshments provided.

This talk counts towards GFWS seminar requirements.