Front of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

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.

Public Film Series

This film series highlighted howtransnational queer cinemas can both participate in and critique hegemonic ideologies of sexuality, imperialism, race, gender, politics, and community.

FilmsVelvet 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), and Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Queer Cinemas

This University of Pittsburgh course offered an introduction to contemporary queer cinemas, focusing on several key genres, directors, and themes in transnational queer film cultures and scholarship. We explored how transnational queer cinemas can both participate in and critique hegemonic ideologies of sexuality, imperialism, race, gender, politics, and community.

Topics included: 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.

Speaker Series

Film studies scholars, directors, and curators explored the role of queer cinema today, focusing particularly on how it links Pittsburgh to broader transnational worlds.

Speakers included 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)

Course Blog: Queer Cinemas, Imaging Technologies, and Pittsburgh's Role in It All

This course blog, authored by students in the Contemporary Queer Cinemas course at the University of Pittsburgh, offered critical readings of contemporary queer cinemas in a transnational frame.