Pittsburgh Contemporary Queer Cinemas
This hybrid community and campus public humanities project ran from January to April 2011.
It offered an introduction to contemporary queer cinemas, focusing on several key genres, directors, and themes in transnational queer film cultures and scholarship.
This project brought together local Pittsburgh community members, students, filmmakers, theater owners, and artists who are interested in how imaging technologies construct bodies, paying particular attention to the role of queer publics in such a process.
This interdisciplinary project emphasized the multiple contexts in which we learn and teach each other in ways that include but are not reducible to university spaces or titles. As such, the film screenings, speaker events, and blog were all open to the public.
Come watch queer movies! This film series highlights howtransnational queer cinemas can both participate in and critique hegemonic ideologies of sexuality, imperialism, race, gender, politics, and community.
Films: Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, 1998), Set it Off (F. Gary Gray, 1996), Bound (The Wachowski sisters, 1996), Fire (Deepa Mehta, 1996), Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai, 1997), Bad Education (Pedro Almodóvar, 2004), The Bubble (Eytan Fox, 2006), Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
All screenings are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.
This University of Pittsburgh course offers an introduction to contemporary queer cinemas, focusing on several key genres, directors, and themes in transnational queer film cultures and scholarship. We will explore how transnational queer cinemas can both participate in and critique hegemonic ideologies of sexuality, imperialism, race, gender, politics, and community.
Topics will include: New Queer Cinema, film noir, local Pittsburgh filmmaking, transgender cinemas, digital media and music videos, the queerness of vampires, video art, neoliberalism and state violence, queer diasporic cinemas, techno-queer utopias, citizenship, occupation, and war.
Film studies scholars, directors, and curators explore the role of queer cinema today, focusing particularly on how it links Pittsburgh to broader transnational worlds.
Speakers include mónica enríquez-enríquez (video artist and documentary filmmaker), David Pettersen (assistant professor of film studies, Univ. of Pittsburgh), Colleen Jankovich (PhD candidate in film studies, Univ. of Pittsburgh), and Joseph Hall (producing director at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater)
This course blog, authored by students in the Contemporary Queer Cinemas course at the University of Pittsburgh, offers critical readings of contemporary queer cinemas in a transnational frame.