Hey, Campers! A quick plug, and then back to your usually scheduled programming.
It seems a fresh indie project is on the queer-izon, and who better to promote it than a bunch of skanks in khakis, high socks and sport whistles? We’ve got the buzz on a new work from filmmaker Russell Shaeffer, a sequel of sorts to his and James Franco‘s experimental gender bender from 2010, Masculinity & Me, which made waves for being one of Franco’s many forays into Gay a few years back. The short, which explored parameters of gender, played in New York galleries, in the minds of Franco lovers everywhere, and was nicely praised by the New York Times. And now they’re back for more blood.
This new, longer short – Masculinity/Feminity – features monologue performances by a highly intimidating gay and lesbian pedigree. Catch New Queer Cinema babies John Greyson, Pratibha Parmar, and Cheryl Dunye bump elbows with Barbara Hammer, critic B. Ruby Rich, and, among many others, author Harry Benshoff, mastermind of gay-horror-history-criticism’s very own Monsters in the Closet.
Direct from the horse’s mouth:
Masculinity/Femininity is an experimental film based project that aims to question normative notions of gender. Shot primarily on Super 8mm film (but simultaneously shot digitally and incorporating text-based elements), the project will operate as a cross between academic and practical critique — acting more as a document of gender construction rather than a documentary about gender construction.
The project seeks all and any help from the community as it moves further into production and later tackles distribution. Find the Kickstarter page and trailer here!