A programme of film and video that respond to the themes of the Episode: Emotional fantasies, towers of cakes, identity troubles, collapsed distance and time and Samuel R. Delany’s rarely seen 1971 film The Orchid.
KILO | Iba se 99.
Dir: Tiona McClodden, 2015, USA, 9’16”
Tiona McClodden’s KILO collapses apparently distinct moments into an entangled knot of truths—the US Navy Flag signal Kilo (“I wish to communicate with you”), binoculars as a form of time travel, the first 12 Black women ‘allowed’ to work on the Brooklyn Navy yard during WWII, keel laying rituals and the Orisha Ochosi.
Access Note: This film’s soundtrack is mostly musical, with a spoken section at the end. The spoken section will have English subtitles and the rest of the film will have it’s audible soundtrack describes in subtitles.
Dir: Samuel R. Delany, 1971, USA, 31’41”
The only film Samuel R. Delany ever directed, The Orchid exists half way between the late 60’s hippy scene and the mysterious urban anarchy of Bellona in Delany’s Dhalgren. Jump cuts, masks, mirrors and psychoanalytic overtones ensue.
Access Note: This film’s soundtrack is mostly musical and foley based, with a spoken section towards the end. The spoken section will have English subtitles and the rest of the film will have it’s audible soundtrack described in subtitles.
Country Ball 1989-2012
Dir: Jacolby Satterwhite, 2012, USA, 12’38”
An emotional fantasy of a family cook out, so saturated by desire that it could only ever be experienced as nightmare—his mum’s sketches of magical realist towers of cakes, cat-suited dancers gyrate, muscular men vomit scenery. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
Access Note: This film’s soundtrack is mostly musical but will be described in subtitles.
IDEATE FOR A BETTER NOW
Dir: Paul Kindersley, 2015, UK, 11’5″
Artist, stalker, makeup enthusiast and youTuber, Paul Kindersley makes confused narratives out of the identity troubles of post internet life—tacky but erotic, droll yet tragic, nonsensical, camp and nostalgic. In IDEATE FOR A BETTER NOW ‘experts’ channel the internet’s stream of consciousness musings on the future. Who should this make sense to?
Access Note: This film’s soundtrack has a monologue in English and we will screen a version with English subtitles.
Thanks to Sondra Perry and Rebecca Cleman for their ideas and suggestions in the compilation of this programme. Thanks also to Scottish Queer International Film Festival for doing the subtitling work. None of the filmmakers, except Delany, will be at the Episode in person.
The video links below are shared for reference only.