Dirty Looks is a New York City-based screening series for experimental GLBT film and video. Its curator, Bradford Nordeen, has brought new meaning to camp, parody and the marginal. He collects queer films that are wild and often overlooked and screens them in galleries, on rooftops and even in churches.
Dirty Looks has shown some work that other people wouldn't dare, such as a restored version of the hilariously messy City of Lost Souls, a trans punk musical by Rosa von Praunheim; and Curt McDowell's sing-and-suck tavern caper, Sparkles Tavern.
Starting February 10, Dirty Looks is going on tour to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland. A smattering of Dirty-Looks-style filmmakers will be present, and some of the film crit zines Dirty Looks publishes will be available.
Here's what's on the menu for their tour:
San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.
City of Lost Souls
Rosa von Praunheim's outrageous, sloppy hymn to transsexual queens and the male naked body, including an erotic trapeze duo, a magickal group therapist, nymphomaniacs and Lila (Jayne County), a Southern blonde who dreams of Hollywood. at Artists' Television Access, 922 Valencia Street. $6
San Francisco, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m.
This genderfuck program explodes normative roles of femininity and gender over five decades. Filmmakers explore drag tactics, narrative juxtaposition and overt performativity, with styles ranging from masquerade to mythic, from performance document to video zine. Featuring works by Steven Arnold, Rick Castro, Vaginal Davis, Zackary Drucker, Matthias Muller, Narcissister, Patti Podesta and Conrad Ventur. at YBCA 701 Mission Street (at 3rd), $8
Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7PM
Dirty Looks: Long Distance Love Affairs ( co-curated by Darin Klein)
A night of steamy video, from queer girls voguing as Peter Berlin to Elizabeth Taylor's love letter to Michael Jackson from beyond the grave, a love letter to the curious coupling of East Coast and LA queer experimental filmmakers of yesteryear and today. at The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Free admission, cash bar.
Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb 16, 8PM
Featuring works by Steven Arnold, Rick Castro, Vaginal Davis, Zackary Drucker, Matthias Muller, Narcissister, Patti Podesta and Conrad Ventur. atHuman Resources 410 Cottage Home Street with Rick Castro, Zackary Drucker and Narcissister in attendance! $8.
Portland, Thursday, Feb 23, 8PM
Featuring works by Steven Arnold, Rick Castro, Vaginal Davis, Zackary Drucker, Matthias Muller, Narcissister, Patti Podesta and Conrad Ventur. at Grand Detour 640 SE Stark Street. $6