In Search of Avery Willard | Dir. Cary Kehayan | 24min | USA | 2012 | English
Who was Avery Willard? This special section is devoted to the uncovering and piecing together of one forgotten life. Photographer and filmmaker Avery Willard’s homemade queer films have gone unseen since the 1970s. Our team is restoring four of Willard’s films—held for decades in a cardboard box in the vaults of the New York Public Library—in addition to producing a documentary about his life and work that will feature prominently in the plot ofKeep the Lights On. Through interviews, photographs and clips, we seek to tell the story of an important but now unknown queer artist.
Dzi Coquettes | Dir. Tatiana Issa and Raphael Alvarez | 110min | Brazil | 2010 | English and Portuguese with English subtitles
Dzi Croquettes, a Brazilian groundbreaking theater group, inspired the youth to resist the 1968 military censorship ban on freedom of speech during Brazil's violent dictatorship. Their innovative dance, hypnotic sensuality, humor, political satire, and explosive performances took Brazil and Europe by storm. Godmothered by Liza Minnelli (who is featured the movie along with other celebrities), the group attracted the international artistic elite as front-row fans.
Q&A with Cary Kehayan, Tatiana Issa and Raphael Alvarez