Rande Cook and Sonny Assu: Ebb and Flow

Artist Rande Cook has another show opening next week on Vancouver Island.  A joint show with artist Sonny Assu “Ebb and Flow” will run June 1- Sept. 1 at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, which is located on the VIU Campus.

Rande will give an artist’s talk at 4:30 PM on June 1.
Nanaimo Art Gallery: 330 – 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R 5S5
Ebb & Flow at Nanaimo Gallery

THE SKIN I’M IN will make its world LGBT festival premiere as part of New Zealand’s Out Takes 2012 Festival

Out Takes New Zealand 2012

For those of you in the southern hemisphere, we are proud to announce that THE SKIN I’M IN will make its world LGBT festival premiere as part of New Zealand’s Out Takes 2012 Festival. Given New Zealand’s particular history of fierce independence and coexistence between Maori and immigrant populations, and a cultural ethos that eschews pretense or  posturing, we’re extremely excited to share the film with New Zealand audiences.

THE SKIN I’M IN will screen twice as part of the festival: first in Auckland on May 26th at 1 PM and then in Wellingon on June 4th at 3:30 PM. More information at: http://www.outtakes.org.nz/film/390/the_skin_i’m_in

Film Festival Enters Final Days: Arizona Daily star

The Arizona Daily Star  made me an honorary Australian. 🙂 Confusion came from the fact that THE SKIN I’M IN is listed as a U.S./Australian co-production due to fact that exec producer Lee Biolos is Australian as well as the incredible generosity of Australian contributors. I’d be an honorary Australian any day!

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The 21st annual Arizona International Film Festival enters the home stretch with more than a dozen features, documentaries and shorts, and a couple of filmmakers from Australia. Read full article

Freud, Bowery, Greer, and Gender Bending the InStyle Hollywood Makeover Tool

Gender Bending the InStyle Hollywood Makeover toolOne of the perks of being a media maker and cultural critic is that I can procrastinate online and call it “art” or “research.” Here’s what happened when Dina Brown got her hands on the InStyle Magazine Hollywood Makeover tool back in 2008. Can you recognize the “celebrity hair try-ons?” Talk about perpetuating the culture industry!

I like to think I’m subverting the machine a bit, but I have been thinking a lot lately about how so much male drag, my own included, still subscribes to such a specific performance of gender in culture. That’s one of the reasons I highlight Leigh Bowery as a queer hero of mine in THE SKIN I’M IN. He (along with the artists who documented and interpreted his performances like Fergus Greer and Lucian Freud) pushed ideas of drag and performativity out of easily understandable binaries into the realms of the surreal and the unconscious.

LEIGH BOWERY LOOKS Session 1/Look 2, November 1988 © Fergus Greer

Fergus Greer’s “Session 1/Look 2” November 1988 © Fergus Greer Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Naked Man, Back View (1991-1992) by Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud’s “Naked Man, Back View” (1991-1992) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

“This is a home movie. Or rather, a search-for-home movie.”

In many ways, a sense of community is about finding a sense of home. Here is a link to a video of mine called HOME from 2009. It’s comprised of home movie footage in a mix of amateur formats (super 8 film, Hi-8 video, and mini DV) that I shot as I travelled between Berlin and Los Angeles with my first  boyfriend between 1996 and 2005. He was German, and the opportunity to explore my identity in Berlin was something I’ll always be grateful for. Years later in 2008, with all the Prop 8 controversy aflame in California, I felt such a sense of deja vu. I pulled out this old footage and found the Prop 22 footage from 2000 now included in Home. I remember at the time, the passage of Prop 22 felt like such a blow to the possibility of my boyfriend (in America on a student visa) and I ever being able to set up a home in the United States.

 

USC Preview Screening of THE SKIN I’M IN and Q&A with Broderick Fox

 

 

Cinematheque108 and Twentieth Century Fox invite you and a guest to a special screening of THE SKIN I’M IN

Produced, directed, shot, and edited by Broderick Fox

Followed by a Q&A with School of Cinematic Arts Alumnus Broderick Fox (Production MFA ’99, Critical Studies ’03, and Critical Studies Post-Doc visiting faculty ’04)

Moderated by SCA Vice Dean, Dr. Michael Renov

April 26, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

THE SKIN I’M IN Wins Aloha Accolade Award

Honolulu Film Awards

THE SKIN I’M IN is one of 8 international documentaries to garner a 2012 Aloha Acolade Award from the Honolulu Film Awards. Hawaii plays a significant role in the film, as it is the place where Fox came him his darkest hour to get sober in 2005. Fox’s parents, featured in the film, are Kailua residents, and their example of support and tolerance will prove an inspiration and source of comfort for any parent who is faced with coming to terms with a child’s alternative identity or addiction issues.

 

The Film Prof with the Full Back Tattoo

 

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Richard Horgan The Film Prof with the Full Back Tattoo

by Richard Horgan

This week, Occidental College film and video teacher Broderick Fox traveled Down Under to the picturesque Byron Bay Film Festival for the world premiere of his feature documentary The Skin I’m In.  After a brush with death several years ago, Fox embarked on a journey of personal transformation. Read full article

Fox interviewed on ABC Radio’s CONVERSATIONS WITH RICHARD FIDLER

Broderick Fox interviewed on ABC Radio’s CONVERSATIONS WITH RICHARD FIDLER 3/8/12

While in Australia for the world premiere of THE SKIN I’M IN at the 2012 Byron Bay International Film Festival, director Broderick Fox was a guest on the national ABC radio program CONVERSATIONS WITH RICHARD FIDLER.

Listen to an abridged version of that hour-long program here: