Dirty Looks Film Festival Returns to New York in July

A still from Wakefield Poole's 1972 film Bijou, which will be screened at the leather bar The Eagle NYC on July 8.COURTESY DIRTY LOOKS

A still from Wakefield Poole’s 1972 film Bijou, which will be screened at the leather bar The Eagle NYC on July 8.


Dirty Looks, the itinerant monthly film series devoted to queer cinema, will stage the third edition of its On Location festival in New York this summer, once again hosting screenings of a wide array of films in historic LGBTQ spaces every single day of July.

“For this incarnation, I think we’ve brought more of a festival approach to the program, exhibiting new, feature-length works without U.S. distribution,” Bradford Nordeen, the group’s creative director and curator said in an email, citing “Something Must Break (whose lead earned the Nordic Academy Award for best actress—a first for a transwoman), Field Visits for Chelsea Manning, [and] She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column.”

In addition, he said, this year’s On Location is focused on “commemorating anniversaries like Sandra Berhard’s Without You I’m Nothing, which turns 25 this year, or Parker Posey’s Party Girl,” which is marking its 20th anniversary.

The festival begins on July 1 at White Columns with Sam Ashby’s Fire Island Film + Sound, which was shot at that historically gay vacation spot off of Long Island; Ginger Brooks Takahashi will accompany the work on live synthesizer. (The complete program follows below.)

“On Location started with the idea that queer film and video belonged in the streets, in New York City, the mess that it is, because that’s where much of it came from,” the curator and critic David Everitt Howe, who is the core curator for Dirty Looks: On Location, said in an email. “So in some ways On Location is like an origin story, returning works [to] the places where artists actually lived, worked, and breathed, drank and had sex. In that way, there’s a sense that these titles get new life rarely afforded them.”

The full list of curators for this edition follows: Vivian Crockett, Carmel Curtis, David Evans Frantz, Evan Garza, David Everitt Howe, Leeroy Kun Young Kang, Theodore Kerr, Clara López Menéndez. Karl McCool, Bradford Nordeen and Videofag (William Ellis + Jordan Tannahill).

July 1 | Fire Island Film + Sound, Sam Ashby + Ginger Brooks Takahashi, White Columns, 320 W 13th 8PM
July 2 | Party Girl, Daisy von Scherler Mayer, Seward Park Library, 192 East Broadway 6:30PM
July 3 | Without You I’m Nothing, John Boskovich, Dixon Place | 161 Chrystie Street  10PM
July 4 | Dynasty Handbag Does Independence Day, Dynasty Handbag, Instagram (@dirtylooksnyc)
July 5 | She’s a Talker, Neil Goldberg, Rusty Knot, 425 West Street 7PM
July 6 | Misadventures in Black Dyke Dating in the 90s, Cheryl Dunye, Jocelyn Taylor, Dawn Suggs + Shari Frilot, Maysles Documentary Center 343 Malcolm X Blvd (co-presented by Queer / Art) 7:30PM
July 7 | Break the Rules, Malic Amalya, Kristen Galvin, and Sadie Benning, ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington Street 7:30PM
July 8 | Bijou, Wakefield Poole, The Eagle NYC, 554 West 28th Street 8:30PM
July 9 | Joan Jett Blakk Announces Candidacy for President, Bill Stamets, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn 8PM
July 10 | Field Visits for Chelsea Manning, Lance Wakeling, UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue 9PM
July 11 | Dzi Croquettes, Rafael Alvarez and Tatiana Issa, Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn 8PM
July 12 | Fun Down There, Roger Stigliano, Julius’, 159 West 10th Street 4PM
July 13 | Your Words Give Me a Headache, Mariah Garnett, Dylan Mira, Kajsa Dahlberg, Bureau of General Services Queer Division, 208 West 13th Street #210 7PM
July 14 | Breeden, Vincent Chevalier, email to RSVP for this secret venue
July 15 | History Doesn’t Have to Repeat Itself, Stéphane Gérard, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (co-presented by VisualAIDS), 2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx 7:30PM
July 16 | The Practice of Everyday Freedom: Wave, Womanism and Villanelle, Various Artists, Hub, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway 7:30PM
July 17 | She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column, Kevin Hegge, The Spectrum, 59 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn 9PM
July 18 | Hot Dogs, G.B. Jones, Callicoon Fine Arts, 49 Delancey Street 9PM – 4AM
July 19 | Read Only Memory, John Maybury, Le Petit Versailles Garden, 346 East Houston St. 7PM
July 20 | Andy, Steve Reinke, XTube (DirtyLooks)
July 21 | Bad Asians Pt. 1 + Deux! Richard Fung, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Lynne Chan, Erica Cho, and Patty Chang & Anie Stanley, Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street 8PM
July 22 | Christopher Lee, Christopher Lee and Elise Hurwitz, UnionDocs, 322 Union Avenue 7:30PM
July 23 | The Doom Generation, Gregg Araki, Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue 8PM
July 24 | Tongues Untied, Marlon Riggs, Maysles Cinema (co-presented by VisualAIDS), 343 Malcolm X Boulevard 7:30PM
July 25 | Fuck You Santa Claus, Robert Opel, email for secret venue
July 26 | John Sex – The True Story, Various Artists, Pyramid Club, (co-presented by VisualAIDS) 101 Avenue A 8:30PM
July 27 | A Bathsalts Reunion, Macy Rodman + Severely Mame, Don Pedro 90 Manhattan Avenue 10PM
July 28 | Bad Asians 3.0, Yvette Choy, ManChyna, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit,, Lu Yang, Yozmit, Dan Carter + Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street 8PM
July 29 | The Grasshopper, Jerry Paris, Spectacle, 124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn 9PM
July 30 | Clit Club, Various Artists, Participant Inc, 253 East Houston Street 6 – 10PM
July 31 | Something Must Break, Ester Martin Bergsmark, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St 8:30PM

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