Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Doors 7:00pm; Show 7:30pm
The North Door
502 Brushy St, 78702
Polari could not be more excited to bring Austin a FREE night dedicated to the talent and tenacity of Bug Davidson! Davidson is this year’s Polari Filmmaker Assistance Program recipient and we will be revealing next year’s recipient at this event (you can read about the program here).
The evening will include a retrospective of Davidson’s boldly evocative and mischievously imaginative films and will culminate in the World Premiere of Davidson’s newest sparkler, NOTHING LIKE IVANHOE!
NOTHING LIKE IVANHOE stabs at magical realism with a queer sound. Using genre tools and handmade props this short rejects the redundancy of story in our collective cinematic past to emphasize what many in the contemporary audience see as an exhausted narrative. A coming out story, a love story, a hero story; perhaps these things are IVANHOE.
By leaving narrative behind, this short film employs a layering of dislocated audio visual clues to the viewer; clues that may lead to the solution that experimental film and queer existence have much in common.
Other films in the program include:
MIGGY N LIL (2006)
A delightful coming of age story set on the lonely highways of southwest TX, MIGGY N LIL deals with the timeless issues of youthful angst, unbridled passion, and the high hopes of tender new beginnings. MIGGY N LIL is a film about the greatest love of all – the love between two petty hustlers.
THE TERRORIST SHE-FREAKS OF TEXAS (2007, co-directed with Holly M. Lewis)
Post-millennial America was supposed to be a futuristic utopia marked by progress and optimism. Who could’ve known that a group of crazed reactionaries would take over the United States government and turn the nation into a hellish police state? After detaining immigrants, silencing journalists, and demonizing intellectuals, the leaders of the New America decide that they need a New Enemy to distract the restless citizenry…THE QUEERS! They thought turning America into a theocracy would be easy. But they didn’t expect to fight…THE TERRORIST SHE-FREAKS OF TEXAS!
BIG BRIGHT FUTURE (2010)
It’s a Big Bright Future for pot dealers in knee socks in this wacky short. The photography is bright, but the protagonists might not be in this buddy comedy about budding dealers who can’t seem to get it right.
As a special bonus, we will also be screening Davidson’s section from the new Michelle Tea omnibus film VALENCIA (2013)!
Austin native Bug Davidson is a motion image artist, film director and curator. Davidson received both the Puffin Foundation Grant and the Montague Travel Grant to continue their ongoing cine-based work Buffalo: Rule of Three. They have curated film programs for MixNYC, Boston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Homoscope Film and Arts Festival. Davidson is currently a teaching fellow at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
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