A Dirty Manhattan
By Peter Frost
Beginning in July, the streets of New York are about to get dirty. Dirty Looks, a screening series that showcases queer film and video projects, will be going on location, infiltrating bars, clubs, hotels, and venues throughout the city. For one month, the festival will show experimental pieces of cinema and art at local spots around New York City, including Barracuda, Cinema Village, Eastern Bloc, and The W Hotel.
The aim of the festival is, by embedding the exhibitions in local hotspots, to broaden the scope of these audacious and experimental works, facilitating a larger audience and bring to light the complex dynamics between society and sexuality. By scattering the installations throughout the city, the festival hopes to create a free exchange of ideas and dialogue to both celebrate and criticize.
Starting July 1, the month-long project will screen a different feature daily, with 31 events planned in total. The featured films include A One Man Show, a performance video collaboration between Jean Paul Goude and Grace Jones, Hail the New Puritan, a portrait of dancer Michael Clark and the underground scene of 1980’s London, and Joan Does Dynasty, an interactive critical analysis of the iconic ABC soap opera.
Click here more information about the festival and for a full list of locations and free screenings throughout the city.