Photo of Rocco Katastrophe | Courtesy of Fresh Meat
The 13th Annual Fresh Meat Festival begins this weekend in San Francisco. The nation’s highly acclaimed, one-of-a-kind transgender and queer performance performance festival has another reason to be proud, according to festival director Sean Dorsey, because this year it will be a part of "television" history with Matrix directors Lana and Andy Wachowski filming a scene for the new Netflix series, Sense8.
"I am thrilled to film at this year's Fresh Meat Festival—and to show the world the electric energy and talent of San Francisco's transgender and queer community," says Lana Wachowski, who is pairing up with an out trans man (Dorsey) to bring San Francisco’s transgender and queer talent and community to the screen. The Wachowskis will also be filming in seven other cities for the series, and the sci-fi thriller will have a total of 10 episodes.
“This is a trailblazing lineup and we’re ready to make television history!" Dorsey, the famed choreographer and modern dancer who, earlier this year, was the first trans dance artist to receive an NEA grant. "Audiences take note: dress to see and be seen!”
The festival takes place June 19-21 at San Francisco’s Z Space and features a stunning lineup of the nation’s most trailblazing transgender and queer artists, including Rocco Katastrophe, Cohdi Harrell, Maikaze Daiko, Shawna Virago, Las Bomberas de la Bahia, Jocquese Whitfield, Star Amerasu, and more. Post-show receptions take place nightly with DJ Miz Rowdy (complete with photo booth, drinks, and dancing) and all Friday June 20 performances are ASL interpreted. Tickets are $15-$25 sliding scale and advance purchase recommended.
Watch the Fresh Meat 2014 trailer below: