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Saturday 04.19.14

Party: Artisanal Poppers

A friend of mine (and co-worker) David Orton, came to me a week ago to tell me about a new party that he, and Cheryl party resident DJ Nick Schiarizzi, are throwing at One Last Shag. He wanted it be very “Brooklyn” (since One Last Shag is in Bed Stuy) so he decided to name it ‘Artisanal Poppers.’ I love the idea of artisanal poppers — I imagine them being hand crafted, only coming in small batches, and costing $89 a bottle… But seriously, behind the name is a good sense of humor, an important ingredient for any successful party. Expect music by Nick and DJ DSO (Mormon Church Dances). There’s absolutely no cover, the drinks are cheap, the boys are even cheaper, and there’s plenty of space on the deck out back to have a quick ciggie. Really, what more could you want from a Saturday night out in the BK? Oh, and I should also mention the frozen margaritas at One Last Shag. They do them 10 different ways, all guaranteed to do one thing...get you fucked up. Hooray!

FREE, 11:00PM, ONE LAST SHAG, 348 Franklin Ave. BK, NY.

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Friday 04.18.14

EY! EY! EY! NEW YORK

A chat with Luis Venegas, the creator of one of our favorite publications.

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We received the latest issue of EY! MAGATEEN in the mail last week wrapped in plastic with a pair of Diesel underwear, six sexy postcards and some fake dollars to give to go-go boys. This issue is xxxtra special, it’s their first New York issue, and is filled with lots of nudity — it’s super sexy and gives us plenty of dirty thoughts…

 

All photos were taken by Steven Klein, portraying the models as bad boys, which we can’t get enough of. It inspired us so much we even photographed a bad boy of our own holding the issue naked (pictured). We had the chance to chat with Luis Venegas, the Editor, Publisher and Creative Director of the magazine about the issue.

 

How did EY! MAGATEEN start? It started in 2008 because I felt it was the right time to do a sexy magazine with young boys for young boys and their girlfriends. I was doing Fanzine137 and I loved it  — I still do — but I felt it only showed one side of me, that side related to archival material, arts, and deep interviews. I wanted to do a magazine that was the opposite, with flashy headlines, splashy-full-pages pics and short, funny, cute texts. No more, no less.

 

Why did you choose NEW YORK for this issue? Why not? NYC is the most exciting city in the world and EY! Magateen is supposed to be the most exciting Magateen in the world, so…

 

What’s special to you about the NY issue? It’s bigger, it’s 40 more pages than the previous issues, it features 30 models, it’s been entirely styled by Nicola Formichetti, it includes Diesel underwear briefs as a gift, plus 24 EY! fake dollars, 6 postcards, 2 gatefold posters… would you like me to go on?

 

How did you pick the models featured in the issue? Steven Klein, Nicola Formichetti and I asked the casting director Douglas Perrett (from COACD) for the most exciting guys in NYC. Usually the guys in EY! are new faces and no older than 22 or so… but this time we decided to print many more pages, so we could skip that “rule” and feature some older guys, because they’re GREAT, like the fabulous Sebastian Sauvé or the Baker twins.

 

Was it hard to get some of the models to show their penises? Not really. I mean, there were some who preferred not to show, so we didn’t insist. And some others agreed to the idea, so they just did it.

 

Was it easier to get them to show their butts? It’s always easier for guys — models and not models — to show their butts, isn’t it? I mean, in the case of butts “size doesn’t matter,” I couldn’t say the same for penises… By the way, all the guys featured in the new EY! have really great butts!

 

How did Steven Klein get involved? We did the 4th issue of EY! (the Argenteena issue) in 2009 together and since then we had been talking about doing a monster issue featuring NYC boys at night… so finally we found the right time to make it happen.

 

How did Diesel get involved? Nicola has contributed to my magazines for a long time, and again, we had been talking about doing an issue of EY! together. After he became the Creative Director of Diesel, it seemed the perfect time to make it happen!

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of running your magazines from Madrid? I love living in Madrid… so from my own point of view, honestly, it’s all about advantages.

 

Who’s your favorite male model? Matt Ardell and our cover boy, Liam Dean!

 

You’ve created four magazines: Fanzine137,  EY! MAGATEEN and Candy. How do you find the time? I’m just a passionate, enthusiastic, professional, resolutive and strict hard worker.

 

Your Instagram often features photos of celebrities from past and present. Who’s your favorite person in pop culture now and from the past? In pop culture now maaaaany people but if I had to chose just three I guess they’d be Justin Bieber, Barbra Streisand and Laverne Cox. From the past, Andy Warhol, obviously. :-)

 

Below are some of our favorite images from the issue and the two different cover versions they printed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to purchase this issue.

PSYCHIC SPRING

A party created by David Sokolowski & Paul Leopold

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This is a great way to kick off the 420 weekend, it’s a long long long weekend (or at least it’s going to feel long) and it’s one of the most important holidays (screw Easter) of the year — at least it is for us. On Saturday April 19th, Join David Sokolowski and Paul Leopold (AKA Boywolf), for Psychic Spring. Paul told me they are super excited because this is their “first official party” that they have produced together. We’ve heard so much about this party so our expectations are very high, like super high. We’re told that “psychedelic portals to the unknown will be opened and explored through special light installations, moments of spoken word and inspired physical actions.” Cool. There’s too many hosts to actually list, so here’s a few of our favorites: Bcalla (who will be selling looks at event), Earl Dax, Horrorchata, Issa Israel, Max Steele, Untitled Queen, Wil Fisher, Manifestany Squirtz, Santiago Felipe, Dusty Shoulders and many more. Paul calls the hosts some “most inspiring producers and artists in Brooklyn…”

 

 

The music for the party is provided by SokolowskiMikëy Hefez, JLamar, Jx Cannon, Jacky Sommer, Vivian Baron, Riki Razo and A Village Raid. The Djs will be ”paired in tag-team duos with 2-hour sets that will give you the freshest incremental sonic experience of the season.” Prepare to do some serious soul searching at this party, it sounds like it’s gonna get deep.

 

$8 ADVANCED TICKETS / $12 AT THE DOOR, 11:00PM, MISTER ROGERS, 231 ROGERS AVE. BROOKLYN, NY.

Performance: WITCH CAMP – Amber & Nath Ann

This is the second time in 2014 that we’ve featured this show, but the last time it was playing it was only on for one night so you might have missed it. Thankfully you have us to remind you what’s hot and happening each week. This time the show is playing April 18th, 19th, and 20th. In case you weren’t aware, witchcraft is super hot right now and attending this Witch Camp is a must. Amber Martin and Nath Ann Carrera really blew me away last time with their power as proper witches. Starting this Friday the journey continues “through drop-off, Learning Yurts, the pre-dawn camp favorite, Morning Horses/Blood Sacrifice and beyond.” The show is very interactive — expect to be asked to cut your nails off and put them in a container, write some things in blood (don’t worry, not yours) and play with a small bag of hair while wearing black latex gloves. Also you might be asked to “gather around the fireside for a battle cry against the patriarchal rape heads in this ONGOING inquisition!” It sounds wonderful doesn’t it? You are about to meet the hottest witches in town, Amber and Nath Ann. Those two know how to take care of business.

$15, 8:00PM, WILD PROJECT, 195 East 3rd St. New York, NY.

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Thursday 04.17.14

Filmmakers explore the trans people of Puerto Rico

Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini break down the powerful documentary

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Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini met at a party in the West Village about 8 years ago while they were both attending NYU. Dan Sickles is 26 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Antonio is 25 from San Juan, Puerto Rico. They are the directors of the film Mala Mala, a documentary about the transgender community of Puerto Rico that’s now playing at the Tribeca Film Festival. We were drawn to this powerful story and decided to reach out to the directors, to shoot them and ask them some questions. 

 

Tell me about when you first met? 

Dan Sickles: It was at a party in the West Village?

Antonio Santini: Yeah…I walked in and he was wearing a sombrero, and the party was really boring. It was my birthday the next week, so I sent him a Facebook message and was like “hey, you want to come to my party? As my date?”

DS: He asked if I’d come and I went and I don’t know, we just started hanging out after that.

AS: And we became friends.

 

 

Did you guys date right after that? 

DS: No, we’ve never dated.

 

 

When did you start working on this film?

DS: Almost three years ago, December 2011.

 

 

So how did you become interested in the transexual community in Puerto Rico?

DS: That’s a bit of a long story. Antonio and I had met this drag queen Maggie, in Austin, Texas. It was at a competition at this club, and she was incredible, but a terrible drag queen in most senses, like she wasn’t a good dancer, she wasn’t into the whole lip singing thing, she had props that were like used almost like weapons. She was in her own stratosphere. She lost the competition that night and Antonio and I went up to her afterwards, and we were like “Hey, you are fabulous, and we like love your spirit, can we hang out tomorrow and like, whatever,” and she was like “yeah totally!” So she invited us to her house in Northern Austin, in the suburbs right outside the city. We went there, and we ended up spending the entire day with her.

Leaving her house, it was like an experience that had a huge impact on both of us, in similar ways and also some very different ways. Talking in the car on the way back, it was like “Oh, there’s no platform for voices like hers.” You don’t often hear from people who are experiencing what Maggie’s experiencing. In that car ride we decided to continue pursuing the themes of gender, and transgendered and transsexuality. We discussed a few different locations and we decided that Puerto Rico, was by far the most interesting one to continue with and to turn into some sort of feature length project. Yeah, I think that’s it.

 

 

What was the criteria for selecting the subjects for the film?

AS: The process for finding them was really organic. We started off with April Carrion, who was this girl I went to high school with and when I went to high school she was just like a boy who was there, who people like made fun of and called gay, and yelled at during assemblies but then when we were at the office, discussing what we were going to do, we put it on Facebook and someone sent us this video of her, and she was like this rising star in the island and she was doing this impersonation of Liza Minnelli, and we were like “woah, she’s amazing.” So, we were like we have to go down. So the first day we went down there, we drove up to her house with a camera and started shooting her, and she asked “Why do you guys want to film me?” and we were like “We are trying to figure it out.” Through her we met all her drag friends, from her house  (the Doll House), and then Dan was getting a haircut at Bumble and Bumble, and got put in touch with Sophia who is another one of the subjects, who’s actually from New York but moved to Puerto Rico to open up the biggest gay club on the island. Which closed.

 

DS: Yeah it closed unfortunately. But then there was a certain point where we were definitely looking to fill in certain gaps that we hadn’t found in the drag community. So at some point we were hanging out in the area, and it’s Sandy and a lot of the transexual workers work right outside the gay clubs where the drag queens are performing. So we’d see them every night and finally we were like, we need to get them in the film. We need some people who work the streets, like that’s a whole aspect of the community that we haven’t covered yet. Once we were tapped into that community, we realized we didn’t have contact with anybody who was on the opposite end of the spectrum — someone who was born female and identifies as a guy. We actually found Paxx Moll, through Instagram.

 

AS: He was a fan of the movie. Which was interesting he had been following the project, and then Dan saw this guy who kept liking all the photos, like all of them…

 

DS: So it was like holy shit, we gotta go back right away. He was someone who we didn’t know would make it in the final product, but we knew we needed to talk to him.

 

 

 

Why was he the only F to M in the movie?

DS: None of the people at the outreach centers who we talked to, knew of anyone else. They didn’t even know of Paxx, he was purely through Instagram. In terms of anyone who’s actually transitioned to male, they aren’t in contact with any of the outreach centers in Puerto Rico. So there’s no real organization or structure to kind of get in touch with that specific element of the community.
AS: And like in terms of the language on the island, F to M doesn’t really exist. If anything that’s just like a butcha, like a butch lesbian. If they’re like “I feel like a guy,” it’s like no “you’re a tough girl.” The other side with the girls, its like that’s a woman. It’s very clear it’s not a gay man, it’s a woman. It just doesn’t work the same way on both sides.

 

 

 

They’re not used to that yet.

DS: Well I think generally, universally speaking there’s this roar between butch lesbians and trans men, and where that line is drawn within the community is always up for dispute, I think somebody like Paxx is very well aware that nobody sees him as a trans man, rather just as a butch lesbian, which to her seems reductive.

 

 

It is reductive, he needs to come to a place like New York.

DS: He’s also someone that uses the term gender queer too. He operates on a vagueness that not many people can understand, because the term is so broad.

AS: He doesn’t really want to be a man. He wanted to transition, but he doesn’t want to say “I am a man.”

 

 

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Antonio Santini

 

 

 

Can you tell us about the title, Mala Mala.

AS: “Mala Mala” is what girls use when they get their period, like “estoy mala.” And then the drag queens have repropriated it and they use it when they are excited, it’s almost like in cartoons when a chicken gets excited and she drops an egg. (Laughs)

DS: (Laughs) I actually love that image.

 

 

 

So when they are fierce and they are painted – It’s like “Ooh Mala, Mala girl” kind of thing.

AS: For example if an article comes out about them, they’ll say “estoy mala,” like they’re in heat, they get so excited, it’s like an attitude, an energy that they feel.

 

DS: Alberic Prados, specifically in the film, he was using that all the time, basically for anything.  We always had this idea that we’d hear the title for the film from one of the subjects, like we’d hear it while we were filming, because up until then we had working titles like “Sexy Tropical” was the working title for a bit.

 

AS: We were drunk when we came up with that one so…

 

 

 

I think Mala, Mala is great, it’s very Almodovar. Was any member of the cast helpful in finding the other subjects?

DS: Ivana Fred specifically led us to the transexual sex worker community, she’s the most famous transexual on the island. Everyone knows who she is, she works with one of the outreach centers, so she knows all the girls on the streets, she knows all the girls in the clubs. Anybody could turn to Ivana and ask her, what’s happening in Santurce tonight, she’s going to know. As soon as we were connected to her, through one of the outreach centers, she opened the door to the transexual community.

 

 

 

What was it like filming the prostitutes in the streets at night?

DS: It was really hard because I’d say that Antonio and I are more interested in shooting narrative stuff, which is obviously more controlled, you’re in an environment that you’ve created and you are providing this safe space to have all this magic happen and on the street you’re kind of working in the opposite direction. We tried all different things, there were lots of different ways that we tried to shoot Sandy on the street, there was one night where our cameraman Adam Uhl, and I  just camped out in the back of Sandy’s car for three hours and she had a mic attached to her clutch, we were just trying to pick up some audio between her and the johns to see what that dynamic was like. We tried that once, we tried being on the street with her with the camera, but that would have stopped business.

 

 

Who would want to come up to a prostitute with a camera crew?

DS: Yeah, exactly.

AS: They would just drive away.

 

 

So you killed business for them?

DS: And that’s the difficulty too, because Sandy was down to like —  here’s my life, you guys come with me whenever you want, however we can make use of this time, let’s do it. Which was huge and awesome, but at the same time, she’s working that job because she needs the money.

 

 

 

You never paid any of your subjects?

DS: We had to compensate some of them for time that they lost while working to film with us. If there were certain events that we needed them for, and they had jobs that day we would be like hey, if you’re making 60 bucks, we will give you $60 just so you can be on this shoot with us. But other than that, no.
AS: It was hard to get in touch with them because they don’t have their phones on them while they are working, so we would literally wait in the car because they are used to getting jumped. So we would drive around the area, there’s this club that we would go to just to wait for them and then we would just drive until we would be like “Oh, there’s Ivana on the corner, there’s Sandy over there,” and even though they were down to film, if they saw us when they were working it wouldn’t be that easy. To Sandy we would be like, “Sandy! Oh she didn’t hear us because she’s working.” No she could hear us, but she was avoiding us.
DS: A lot of the shots that we ended up using, those are the shots that we grabbed in the span of three minutes, like at 5:30, 6:00am in the morning, at the very end of her night. Like literally, we would grab the car set everything up, get the shot, get back in the car and then just wait. That’s the kind of footage that’s in the film.

 

 

 

It felt very real, I lived in Santurce for one year. I remember my father driving me around that area when I was little, and asking him what those ladies doing, I knew they were prostitutes and I just thought they were biological women. That’s what they looked like to me.

AS: I think most people on the island have the same experience as you, they just drive by and see this stuff happening. We got so used to people being like “Oh, tonight we want to hang out with you, where are you going?,” we’d be like we are going to this street and this bar, and they’d be like “What, you go there?” It’s just like the worst street, you know what I mean, it’s the best street and it’s the worst.

 

 

 

What’s the name of the street?

AS: Calle Condado.

DS: It’s such a vibrant area, yeah it’s amazing.

AS: Everyone ends up there, that’s the thing.

 

 

Was your intention at the beginning of filming for the film to have such a strong political focus?

DS: No, I mean with a documentary, it’s always changing. So you have to modify your goals and aspirations for it, as it’s happening. The political stuff happened, I’d say the last quarter of production, we had a lot of interviews. We had over 275 hours worth of footage at the end of all of it. But the political aspect of it really really took off, that was last may, and we had been filming for three years, so if that’s any indication, this whole thing kind of blew up. I think it was one day Ivana, called Antonio and was like “hey so we are speaking at the senate,” and Antonio was like “hey, what? You have to let us know these things.” So we rushed back down to Puerto Rico to cover everything and all those things that led up to it.

 

 

It added such an amazing creative element to the film. To cover her outfit, to see what she wore. (Laughs)

AS: She killed it. She knows what she was doing.
DS: And that’s her conservative look.

 

 

Oh yeah that’s what I mean. She was incredible in the doc.

DS: All of them are, and that’s the whole political thing, it really became like a main element of the film, because it was so compelling, you have Sandy who is showing up at the senate at the courthouse and then later that night going to the street, selling her body to make whatever money she can.

 

AS: The thing with them is that they showed up. If they don’t show up, no one else is showing up. So what you saw in the film, that was the only trans representation that was there, and if they’re not there then they don’t exist. So you know Ivana, is very aware of that, and Ivana is the one that wrangles them and is like “Yo, you have to get it together, you have to come. Wear something nice.”

 

 

 

I mean, she’s everything. She’s brains and body.

 

DS: She is.

 

 

 

So have any of you have done drag before?

DS: Only on halloween and I love doing drag on Halloween.

AS: Tell them about your Marie Antoinette.
DS: Marie Antoinette, who else did I do? JonBénet Ramsey one year. I kind of look at Halloween costumes as all drag, whatever your gender.

DRAGnet Turns Two

The Brooklyn Drag event is celebrating it's anniversary

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The Brooklyn drag scene is so hot right now. With events and parties like Bushwig, Be Cute, and Rupaul’s Drag Race Mondays with Alotta McGriddles and Merrie Cherry, every single night in this borough is a drag. And we are HERE for it.

 

This Thursday, April 17th marks the second anniversary of DRAGnet, the party baby of Miss Merrie Cherry. “I started DRAGnet, because at the time drag was not extremely present in Brooklyn,” Merrie told us. “I wanted more and definitely got it. It seemed like a few months after DRAGnet started, drag started to explode in Brooklyn. I am not sure how much I had to do with all of this, I am just happy it happened and people are able find some kind of happiness on stage.” Yes, ma’am. We are, too.

 

The monthly soiree takes place at Metropolitan Bar, and is both a show and a contest. The competition began in January and ends in July. Each winner from each month’s party will compete for $150 cash and a three-month co-hosting position with Merrie Cherry. Too, TOO fun!

 

M.C. will be your MC for the night, alongside the other counterparts of the performing art collective Turntup Trifecta: Horrorchata and Untitled Queen. There will be a whole slew of performances by a whole bunch of queens and kweenz, including Darrell Thorne, Miz Jade, Minnie Cupcakes, Aja Nicole Marie, Elle Emenopé, Lady Simon, Charlene, and Issa Israel. And MORE! So get into it.

 

FREE, 11:00PM, METROPOLITAN, 559 LORIMER ST. BROOKLYN, NY.

Event: Take Ecstasy With Me

How to explain this event?…Let me think about it for a second. OK! Got it. First up, it’s a Whitney Biennial event (so yeah). Secondly there’s some very creative people involved. Let me give you some backstory for Miguel Gutierrez (one of the main organizers) whose specialty is creating “evening-length performances.” For this event he’s bringing together a bunch of super cunt artists to create a night of sensory experiences that seek to ask “enduring philosophical questions around who we are and why we’re here.” He says his work is “about desire, longing and the search for meaning.” Sounds deep. Helping him organize the night is Alexandro Segade, of My Barbarian artists collective fame (they’re kind of a big deal). There’s also A.L. Steiner, Kate Bush Dance Troupe and the legendary, talented, exceptionally beautiful (can you tell we’re fans?) Juliana Huxtable. All work for the evening is inspired by the queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz, who passed away last year. The title for the show is not necessarily literal, but if you were looking for an excuse to pop an E at the Whitney...well, you just got one.

$8 General/$6 students, 7:00PM, Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave. NY, NY.

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Wednesday 04.16.14

Tomorrow’s Man

A new exciting photo book by the artist Jack Pierson

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The photographer and artist Jack Pierson has a new book published by Bywater Bros. Editions and Presentation House Gallery. The publication Tomorrow’s Man, Lynn Valley 9 Book shows a combination of familiar images from Pierson’s collection, vintage ‘Physique’ magazines, celebrity imagery, “oddball ephemera,” and more. It also contains work by other artists including Richard Tinkler, Jeff Elrod, Evan Whale and a short story by Veralyn Behenna entitled ‘The Lobster.’

 

The softcover book is 6 3/8 x 10 inches with 84 colorful pages and fully illustrated, it’s not your typical photo book, it’s layout is beautifully designed in an unconventional way, using dynamic collages, and images are placed loosely throughout in an inventive way “with complete disregard for page breaks and centerfolds…” I find this book refreshing and inspiring. 

 

You can get a signed copy by the artist from the Gagosian shop here for $50 (in limited availability), or you can get a regular copy from Printed Matter for $25 here.

 

 

 

Below are a selection of pages from the book:

 

 

 

 

 

Event: Why are you so sensitive?

I’ll be honest, it’s been a long day, and when I first read about this event, I was really having trouble keeping up. Here’s the first thing I read (you’ll see what I mean): Jay Michaelson & Sabrina Sojourner Discuss Seeking Spirituality in the Justice Community… and Justice in the Spiritual Community. huh, right? Well wrong! It’s actually super interesting. Dr. Jay Michaelson is an author, activist, and academic. He’s currently a visiting scholar at Brown University, where he is an advisor to the Varieties of Contemplative Experience project, and the author of five books. Sabrina Sojourner is a facilitator, writer, teacher and speaker on diversity, multiculturalism, leadership and spirituality. She has worked with all sorts of public and private institutions, including the U.S. Department of Labor, National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The point of the discussion is to try and find more ways to bring meditation and contemplation into activism and politics. They’re interested in “contemplative justice” and how to make that happen. As a newbie meditator, I think this is a wonderful endeavor. A little more contemplation in our political system would do a world of good, or more precisely, do the world some good.

PAY WHAT YOU LIKE, 7:00PM, NY Insight Meditation Center, 28 W. 27th St. NY, NY.

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Tuesday 04.15.14

Tribeca Film Festival 2014

Our selection of not-to-be-missed LGBTQ films.

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The Tribeca Film Festival starts this Thursday, April 17th and runs until the 27th. There are countless films, over 100 titles and shorts, but just a handful of LGBTQ films of interest, so I thought I’d just cut to the chase and simply list them here for you. I desperately tried to attend screenings of each but got lost in a sea of publicists so only managed to see half of the six playing.

 

I am confident the following titles will be standouts:

 

 

Pelo Malo (Bad Hair):
This film is a thoroughly engaging and at times heart wrenching tale about a young boy, Junior, living with his single mother in Caracas, Venezuela who wants nothing more than to straighten his unruly hair — “a fixation that stirs homophobic panic in his overtaxed mother.” Junior tries an array of home spun procedures to get smooth shiny hair and even gets half a blow-out from his grandma all to no avail. The doting grandmother and female best friend add some levity to the situation that has a poignant and bittersweet end.

 

 

Mala Mala:

A total immersion into the transgender community of Puerto Rico, Mala Mala which basically means “fierce” as in a heightened feeling of elation, as opposed to it’s original meaning, “I’m on my period” covers all the territory from political activism to street walking/prostitution. We follow a diverse cast in this riveting documentary as they campaign for human rights, by appearing in civil court to plead their case for equal employment in the work place. I won’t tell you how it turns out except to say the film is totally “Mala Mala!”

 

 

Love is Strange:

On the heels of his successful 2012 film Keep The Lights On, director Ira Sachs brings us this new take on modern love. Starring actors John Lithgow and Alfred Molina who play a couple separated by extenuating circumstances, Love is Strange takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotion as the two men sort out their relationship up close and at a distance. Sachs never disappoints, I totally look forward to seeing this film.

 

 

Regarding Susan Sontag: 

I just love the writings of Susan Sontag, especially her book ‘On Photography.‘ What a great opportunity this is to have an intimate look at her life written in her own words and narrated by actress Patricia Clarkson. Susan discusses her early infatuation with books, her first experience in a gay bar, her marriage and her last lover, celebrated photographer Annie Liebowitz. Filmmaker, professor, literary icon and political activist, all boiled into one extraordinary tour de force whose work still resonates with great vitality today.

 

 

Something Must Break:

I didn’t see this film but it sounds like a real gem from Sweden that explores the big question of gender and sexuality. There are two main characters who enter a relationship, one defying gender norms, Sebastian and the other straight identifying Andreas. Apparently Sebastian wants to transition to become “Ellie” and Andreas can’t deal with the fact that he is attracted to a man. Sounds like a perfect set up for a thoroughly engaging and thought provoking film.

 

 

Der Samurai:

I started to watch this movie from a reclining position in my bed and thought it was thoroughly engrossing but fell asleep before the end (but don’t let that deter you). What I can tell you is there is a sword wielding figure wearing a white dress running around the forest in East Germany killing people. There’s also a straight laced cop who, as the press notes state “Becomes increasingly powerless to resist the draw of the Samurai’s feral otherness” It’s a bit kinky and scary but in a good way.

 

 

That’s my round up. Check the Tribeca Film Festival film guide for theaters, dates and screening times. Each film has multiple screenings. Prices range from $9-$30. Good luck and enjoy the show.