Welcome to the Queer Convergence! Sit back and enjoy this rollercoaster ride of awkwardness, self-discovery, reflection and humor. With a particular emphasis on adolescence and music, the films in this program capture the pains and pleasures of being just who you are.
—Curated by Munira Lokhandwala, Vu T. Thu Ha
In This Program
USA / 2012 / Narrative Fiction, Short / 12 minsThe fierce, fabulous Joo Si arrives in Los Angeles with a single goal to be a dancer. He auditions for the opportunity of a lifetime, to be a principal backup dancer for a sexy female pop sensation. As the tale unfolds, so does his struggle with masculinity and with society’s expectations of him as a flamboyant, feminine—and overweight—male dancer.
USA / 2013 / 3 minsAn excerpt from Cho’s forthcoming experimental film Golden Golden, this short scene depicts an encounter between two Asian youth, set to the voice of Nat King Cole. This lush, Edwardian fantasia celebrates nature, poetry and queer-transgender desire.
USA / 2012 / 5 minsPart serenade and part memoir, this video is a dedication to 1992, a K-pop idol, and “the boys”. Through a collage of found video footage, a mirrored dreamscape of fantasy and desire becomes transposed into a kaleidoscope of romantic bliss.
Singapore / 2012 / Short / 10 minsBest friends Charlie and Mike party hard on their last night before they leave for the Singaporean Army. In a haze of alcohol and drugs, Charlie discovers his true love for Mike.
Cambodia, USA / 2012 / 6 minsSaturated with eye-popping colors and insatiable desires, Le’s “sexperimental” music video examines historical trauma, collective memory and the effects of rapid modernization in Cambodia and Vietnam.
USA / 2012 / Narrative Fiction, Short / 15 minsSent to her aunt’s home to stay, Laney finds solace in a sketchbook where she brings her companion Marcy to life. A twisted but ultimately heartening tale of adolescent sexuality, with a fantastical bent.
Thailand / 2011 / 17 minsThis quiet film approaches the silence around female-to-male (FTM) transgender identity by addressing tom and trans-masculine identities in Thai and Thai American communities, and the relationships between gender and language.