Thank You to everyone who made Queer Media Festival 2016 at Manchester’s combined arts centre HOME so amazing.
It was truly a wonderful day and reading the comments on the feedback forms people have left the festival feeling it has been fun, eye-opening, thought provoking, amazing, enlightening, friendly, inclusive, interesting, informative, engaging, inspiring, life changing and life affirming to be amongst like minded queers.
Fantastic job from everyone involved and a big thank you to everyone who came along for making our event such a special success! Favourite quote: “It was much more in-depth and inspirational than I thought it could be”. So we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s festival!!!
“Be proud…whatever it is be proud, because everyone is someone!” Jose Xtravaganza
The existence of queer spaces has long been vital for the LGBTQ community for a myriad of reasons–sanctuary, celebration, and education to name but a few. Their importance was highlighted for many of us after this past summer’s shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
JEWEL’S CATCH ONE focuses on one such space and celebrates not only the importance it had for the black queer community it served in Los Angeles, nor just the celebrities who would stop by when in town like Sharon Stone and Etta James, nor the 4 decades of gay history during the club’s life-span. The film goes beyond the venue to celebrate the legendary innovation and philanthropy of Jewel Thais-Williams, owner of the club.
Queer Media is proud to present this inspiring and entertaining documentary as part of its 2016 festival line-up. The film will be screened as part of Nov. 5th’s daytime schedule. Tickets are available here: Festival Daytime Program
If you’ve enjoyed films like PARIS IS BURNING and SMALL TOWN GAY BAR, then JEWEL’S CATCH ONE directed by C. Fitz is for you.
A worthy and necessary slice of history that should be a natural choice for LGBT fests—Variety
A lot of loving and living that C. Fitz has managed to pack into one documentary, but it’s done brilliantly—AfterEllen
The Queer Media Festival 2016 takes place at HOME in Manchester on November 5th.
Queer Media Festival 2016 is comprised of 3 separate, exciting parts.
Starting on October 31st, there is the MobDoc Workshop (advance tickets available here: MobDoc. Spaces are very limited for this opportunity, so it is highly recommended that you book now. All entrants will have their project screened on November 5th at HOME.
On November 5th, the day is split into two jam-packed halves. The evening event commences at 5PM with the film STRIKE A POSE and culminates in a joyous after-party. Tickets are available here: Strike a Pose
As for the first half of November 5th, we are thrilled to now list the full list of fantastic speakers and screenings. N.B. Participants will be given a wristband to dip in and out of any session.
Meet top industry professionals from BBC, Channel 4 and Gay Star News, VR specialist from Giznode, the Executive Director of UK Black Pride, executive award-winning theatre creators, the artists behind the @Gaybar project and more! Whether you’re just starting out in your career or are looking to make more Queer Media contacts, everyone is very welcome at QueerMedia16. queermedia.org.uk
12PM Welcome by QueerMedia16 Director Jamie Starboisky
12.15PM – 1.45PM
Young Programmers Shorts Selection (the QueerMedia16 young programmers introduce their hand-picked selection of the best LGBTQ+ short films)
Big Time Doodle Diary
2PM – 3.35PM FILM: Jewel’s Catch One (a fascinating documentary about the incredible Jewel Thais-Williams, who broke down racial and cultural barriers while running the oldest Black-owned gay disco in America)
2PM – 2.50PM Live Performance Panel + Q&A. (All panel discussions will take place in the Event Space, Level 2, HOME)
Intro by Sarah Perks (Artistic Director: Visual Art HOME Manchester)
Cheryl Martin (MEN Award-winning theatre director and writer)
Shannon Yee (Award-winning playwright and producer creating work reflecting her life as an immigrant, ethnic minority, queer artist with a disability)
Kate O’Donnell (Legendary Manchester trans performer)
3PM – 3.50PM Future Stories + Q&A
Intro by Tris Reid-Smith (Founder, Gay Star News)
Tim Edwards (VR Specialist & Innovation Director at Giznode)
Zorian Clayton (Transgender Film Programmer for BFI Flare)
Abigail Ward (DJ and co-founder of the online Manchester District Music Archive)
4PM- 4.45PM MobDoc film screenings (Screenings of the 60-second mobile documentaries created during QueerMedia16’s MobDoc workshop. The winner of the first-ever Nelson Sullivan Micro Short Award for best film will be announced. For more info on how to get involved in MobDoc visit skiddle.com/e/12843769)
4PM – 4.50PM Film and Broadcasters Panel + Q&A
Intro by Lady Phyll (Co-founder and Executive Director UK Black Pride)
Jonni Learoyd (Channel 4 HR Project Leader and Co-Chair of Channel 4 Pride)
Rachelle Constant (Head of BFI Vision Award-winning Constant Productions)
Aziz Rashid (Head of BBC North West)
Got your tickets yet? http://homemcr.org/event/queer-media-conference/
Manchester Metropolitan University’s Humanities in Public Festival continued its frank discussion about sex last week with an event that explored the worlds of ‘chemsex’ and ‘slamming’ parties. The event, hosted and organised by Queer Media Festival director Jamie Starboisky, was entitled ‘Queer Story Showcase: Let’s talk about sex’.
The evening began with a series of short films that address such issues as male prostitution, sex and disability and, in Wham, Bam, Mr Pam, the challenges of being a successful female film maker in the male dominated world of gay pornography.
The audience were then treated to a reading by Manchester poet Adam Lowe before being given access to the world of so-called slamming parties with a screening of William Fairman and Max Gogarty’s feature-length documentary Chemsex. Chemically fueled sex parties, which sometimes last for days, are a trend with which a number of gay men are becoming involved, particularly in London and other major cities. With new cases of HIV on the rise, these parties, many of which are organised online through apps such as Grindr, are a potential cause for alarm amongst sexual health professionals.
The film in unflinching in its depiction of these issues, as it follows slamming party enthusiasts, such as Andrew, Miguel, Enrique and Simon, through a series of drug-fuelled encounters, psychotic episodes and comedowns. To these men, sex and drug-taking have become synonymous and particularly troubling are their stories of deliberately becoming infected with the HIV virus. Once they become ‘pos’, the men no longer have to worry about the risk and are thus able to have sex with men who are already HIV positive. As Andrew says of HIV, “It comes with the territory.”
In the film, David Stuart, Substance lead at London sexual health clinic, 56 Dean Street, works with some of the men involved with chemsex, attempting to find the reasons behind their risk-taking behaviour. In many cases, David believes, the reasons behind slamming parties are complicated and can lie in the sense of isolation and low self-worth that a gay man often experiences in his childhood and teenage years. As one slamming party enthusiast says, “For days you get to feel that you’re worth something.”
Asked about his reasons for screening the film, Jamie told Humanity Hallows, “Chemsex is a very powerful documentary and it’s important that the LGBTQ community are included in discussions about sex.”
Regarding the subject of the film, he added, “Chemsex is not just about gay men who want to be promiscuous. It’s deeper than that and, by showing this film, we can help people develop a deeper understanding.”
The event also included a Q&A session chaired by Maurice Nagington from the University of Manchester. The panel was comprised of David Stuart, along with Staff Nurse from Manchester’s REACH clinic Rebecca Evans, Manchester Met Senior Lecturer in Philosophy Dr Phil Hutchinson and Senior Lecturer in Criminology Dr Rob Ralphs. Issues addressed in the session included the importance of education and the risk of making the gay community feel stigmatised.
Audience response to the film was positive, one audience member describing Chemsex as “brave and honest.” There was also general agreement that the reasons behind participation in chemsex parties ran deep, one man commenting that with the recent legalisation of gay marriage, “We should feel happy and we should feel connected and, on paper, we are.”
For more information about upcoming events in the SEX strand, see the Humanities in Public webpage.
Review by Jacqueline Grima. Photography: Rachael Burns
The Reach Clinic is a free and confidential service for people in Manchester who use drugs during sex and need support or advice. Open every Wednesday 3.30pm to 6pm. Walk in or make an appointment. Tel: 0161 276 5204. Email: email@example.com
Queer Story Showcase will be at the LGBT Foundation on Sunday 28th February 2016 to mark LGBT History Month with a special event themed ‘We Are Family’ celebrating the family we have and the family we choose – our friends. Starting the event with six marvellous short films exploring the afternoon’s theme followed by a screening of documentary Reel In The Closet. In the feature film by Stu Maddox we discover markable footage made by LGBT people of their hidden private lives from the 1930s to the 1980s found lost in archives or rediscovered on old cinefilms found at flea markets.
The event will include a performance by poet, playwright and singer Cheryl Martin, and the director of the film Stu Maddox himself is flying in from San Francisco to answer your questions and maybe help you discover that lost film footage in your closet.
People are invited to join this exciting film afternoon featuring many queer stories, have conversations, relax and during the networking break make connections with filmmakers. February’s theme is ‘We Are Family’ inspired by the 1979 hit disco classic from Sister Sledge as we celebrate the fact that a family can come in many forms.
This Queer Film Network tour is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network via Film Hubs in Wales, South West & West Midlands, North West Central and London.
Doors open at 12.45pm and the event starts at 1pm.
Get tickets: https://queerfamily.eventbrite.co.uk
Celebrate Manchester Pride at our screening of four international LGBT short films themed around Political Pride screening on Saturday 29th August at 3.45pm. The films include a documentary about eleven year old Melvin who lives in the Netherlands and has come out to his parents; a dramatisation of a gay couple living in the Middle East facing execution; story of a black gay kid coming out on the eve of Obama’s election; and two friends in India drawing parallels between Gandhi’s work attending marches and a gay pride march. Entry is free so join us at our Queer Story Showcase at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School by All Saints Park at 3.45pm. Follow us on Twitter @QueerStoryUK and click on this link to join the event page on Facebook.
Our film screening is part of Political Pride, organised by the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, LGBT Youth North West, Manchester Metropolitan University and People’s History Museum who have joined forces to programme a weekend of alternative events to take Pride back to its roots.
Political Pride, which takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August, immediately following the Manchester Pride parade, will include workshops, film screenings, discussions and performances, alongside a series of family-friendly activities. All events will be cost-free and inclusive, and will take place in several accessible locations on and around the Oxford Road Corridor in Manchester.
The weekend will provide a platform for participants to explore the politics of Pride, and to identify and explore some of the most important issues for the LGBT+ community today. Political Pride will provide an accessible and alternative space to the pub and club scene of Canal Street, in order to open up the Pride celebrations to a more diverse representation of LGBT+ people in the North-West.
All activities are free and below is the list of films that will be screened at Queer Story Showcase. Check out the Political Pride website for information on the other activities.
DIRECTIONS: Queer Story Showcase will take place in Lecture Theatre 1, on the ground floor of the Business School (number 4 on this map). The building is fully accessible, and we’ll make sure that the way to the lecture theatre is fully signposted.
Dir: Melissa Osborne, Jeff McCutcheon, USA, 2011, 23 min
A gay African-American teenager grapples with his young identity on the night Obama was elected president, and Proposition 8 – the voter initiative to eliminate same-sex marriage in California – passed.
When you start believing, you don’t have to be answerable. ‘Kyunki’ is a short journey of a non-believer towards his realisation of faith in queer rights.
ABAN + KHORSHID
Dir: Darwin Serink, USA, 2014, 15 min
Persian, English subtitles
In 2005, the world saw a photo of two young Iranian men being executed for being gay. That image inspired this film about the two men in the hours before their execution.
If you only had a few hours to live, what would you share with the one you love?
Straight With You is a documentary about eleven-year-old Melvin, who has a secret: he is not into girls. Although his family knows, he’s afraid to tell his schoolmates, as he thinks they might start bullying him. What should he do when the coolest girl in his class sends him a love letter?
Please share, tweet, post and invite your friends to what will be an inspiring and incredible journey through film showcasing queer stories and click on this link to join the event page on Facebook..