CineSLAM screenings takes place on Friday, June 19, 2015 7:00pm at The Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.
Opening Night CineSLAM,Vermont’s LGBTQ Film Festival screening of short films (list of films at www.cineslam.com) at the Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro including Ela Troyano’s film featuring Carmelita Tropicana “Your Kunst is your Waffen.”
Intermission includes Pride Cake and Sparkling Cider!
Below is a partial listing of featured films.
Arnaud Lalanne, a native of France, in his film “La Princesse de Lamour Damour” asks, “Can a princess fall in love with a prince and a princess?”A man summons men from around the world in, “International Male” from Heath Daniels.
Leading off the program is a delightful short film where a surprise visit, a bumbling bestie, and many years of tight-lipped deception cause EVERYONE’S ish to hit the fan. The chaos caused in this comedy of errors is full of sexy moments and tons of laughter. Secrets and Toys will warm your heart as you root for the lovers to make it through the storm.
Starring Dalila Ali Rajah (Cherry Bomb, Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl), Shelli Boone (Saints and Sinners, Entourage), Diane Sellers (Rules of Engagement, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc, Hot Guys with Guns), Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc, Old Dogs & New Tricks), Jill Bennett (Second Shot, Dante’s Cove), Marc Samuel (General Hospital, Hot Guys with Guns), and Jason Stuart (Big Gay Love, Coffee Date).
In Cynthia Lubow’s latest film, Masculine and Pregnant: Transcending Gender, a diverse group of masculine-of-center identified people speak to their experiences of gender expression, gender identity, attractions, parents, partners, pregnancy, breastfeeding, conflicts, parenting and hopes for the future through the lens of carrying a baby in their bodies. The film seeks to confront many assumptions about gender that limit understanding of gender, such as the assumption that there are only two genders, that only men have facial hair, that non-binary gender implies anything about sexual preference, that gender is static, that body shape determines gender, and that male identity and pregnancy are incompatible or incomprehensible.
Your Kunst Is Your Waffen is the short film that won the coveted Teddy Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Accepting the award was Carmelita Tropicana, the alter ego of Alina Troyano, a performance artist and writer who burst onto New York’s downtown performing arts scene as the spitfire Carmelita Tropicana.
A tireless and prolific artist and filmmaker, you may have seen her sister Ela Troyano’s PBS documentary, La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul, which was nominated for a prestigious Alma Award. The Troyano sisters love working together and their current projects include a collaboration with Sara Coffey, Founder and Director of Vermont Performance Lab, a performance incubator in the foothills of Vermont.
Additional CineSLAM events taking place on Pride Weekend:
Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 2:00pm: Screening and talk. ”A Journey into Film and Performance” at The Organ Barn in Guilford, Vermont, featuring an introduction with video clips by John Scagliotti of CineSLAM and Sara Coffey of Vermont Performance Lab, and short films (AND COUNTING, by Keene Filmmaker Michelle Wood, THE PREACHER AND THE POET by Dean Hammer) and live performance by Carmelita Tropicana & Ela Troyano
Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 10:00am: Writing and Performing Autobiography Workshop at The Root Center for Social Justice in Brattleboro, Vermont, many contemporary artists use autobiography to write and perform their work: Lisa Kron, Spalding Gray, John Leguizamo, etc. This workshop introduces participants to writing and performing autobiography. The morning session includes writing exercises by Irene Fornes to generate original material. The second part of the session participants are led through theater and improvisation exercises to shape the writing developed in the workshop into an informal short performance. Participants are asked to bring pen and a notebook to write and comfortable clothes for light stretching and visualization exercises. Open to teens and adults – no previous performance or writing experience required. Limited to 15 people