Ch. 18/Valencia THE MOVIE/s
2013 | 8 min | HD video, archival SD video & animation
An experimental documentary, juxtaposing playful digital animation with archival footage from the 1995 SF Dyke March and other real-world events and people depicted in the book with contemporary interviews with the real-life Iris to tell the chapter’s story while simultaneously reflecting on the attitudes of the time. It was created as one of the chapters of the feature film Valencia: The Movie/s, an omnibus film adaptation of Michelle Tea's memoir Valencia (2000).
Watch the complete film on demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/valencia
Watch Chapter 18: https://vimeo.com/45043903
Screenings & Awards:
• Jury Award, Best Narrative Feature, REELING: Chicago In'tl LGBT Film Festival
• Best Experimental Feature, POLARI26, Austin, TX
• Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, OH
• Olympia Film Society, Olympia, WA
• Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Seattle, WA
• Tampa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Tampa, FL
• Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI
• Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada
• OUTFEST, Los Angeles, CA
• MIX/NY, New York, NY
• World Premiere, 2014 Frameline's SF Int'l LGBT Film Festival
Selected Reviews & Articles:
• Variety review by Dennis Harvey
• "The Top Lesbian Films of 2013," by Jenni Olson
• "Valencia Is The Most Masterful Dyke-Centric Artsy-Weirdo Film I’ve Ever Seen," Autostraddle
• AfterEllen review by Anna Pulley
• Polari Magazine by Eva Monkey
• The Advocate's 18 Favorite Films at Outfest 2013
• "20th and "Valencia," by Adam L. Brinklow, Curve Magazine
2002 | 14 min | DV video
An experimental documentary about a visit from a Jewish-American video artist to her close friend, a German dancer living on The Reeperbahn — the main drag of Hamburg’s “St. Pauli” red-light district. This short video raises questions about contemporary identity, recent European history and control over representation. Shot and edited in a poetic, cinema vérité style on digital video.
Music: Down River, Out of Round Records.
2003 'Silver Plaque' winner, Chicago Int'l Film Festival
2003 Reel New York, WNET Ch. 13
"Women with Vision," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
NY Video Festival, Walter Reade Theater. Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Art in General, New York, NY
DUTV Ch. 54, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Vancouver Underground Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada
GUM & TEA
2005 | 5 minutes | animated video | audio by EE Miller
A collaborative meditation on intimacy and US currency; EE Miller’s stand-alone audio piece for radio, a fanciful proposition for the US President, is the inspiration for Topiary’s animation. Created during a residency at the MacDowell Colony.
Published in Journal of Short Films, Vol. 10, 2008.
2007 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Festival of Film & Media Arts, Washington, DC
2007 Black Lily Festival, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Darklight Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland
2006 “PureScreen #16: Beta Test,” Castlefield Gallery, Mancheseter, UK
2006 Athens Experimental Video Festival, Greece
2006 London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, London, UK
2006 MadCat Film Festival, San Francisco & US Tour
2005 MIX/NY Festival, New York, NY
2005 ‘Video Forge,” Jessica Murray Projects, NY
Le Tigre: New Kicks
2004 | 3 min | DV video.
Broadcast widely on national and international tv channels
including on MTV, VH1 and Spike TV.
2002 | 4.5 min | DV-NTSC video
An experimental documentary short, from the series: Embarrassment is the Key to Enlightenment. An interview with an ex-roommate about living together and having a crush…
Cast: Zoey Kroll.
Music: Little Frankenstein on Rememory by Down River.
• 2003 Frameline SF Int’l LGBT Film Festival
• 2005 Reel NY, WNET Ch. 13
• 2003 MIX/NY, New York, NY
• 2003 MIX/Brasil, São Paulo
• 2004 MIX/Bonn Biennale, Bonn, Germany
• 2015 #QUEERFAIL Festival, Radar, SF, CA.
The Sirens / Chapter 12
2006 | 4 min | super 8 film & DV
“Sirens” is Ch 12 of the compilation film project THE ODYSSEY, the accompaniment produced by Bernadine Mellis
for word art journal Pocket Myth #4: The Odyssey edited by Andrea Lawlor. The film is comprised of 24 continuous shorts,
each one created by a different filmmaker(s), telling the complete story of Homer's epic. Music by The Darklings.
• 2006 MIX/NY Festival, 3LD Center, New York, NY
• 2007 Cellspace, San Francisco, CA
1998 | 34 min | super 8 film
A queer, dance-film adaptation of the Greek myth of Atalanta, the girl who can run as fast as the wind. Shot and edited entirely on super-8 film, on location in mythical San Francisco locations, the film was originally presented as a silent film with live orchestra and narration. Featuring: Jessica Lutes, Remy Charlip, Monique Jenkinson, Miguel Gutierrez, Sue Roginski and Maryann Brooks. Choreography by Marintha Tewksbury & Miguel Gutierrez. Original score composed by Kathrynn Lyle.
screenings with live orchestra and narration:
1998 Frameline’s SF Int’l LGBT Film Festival, Victoria Theater.
ODC Theater, San Francisco, CA, 1998.
selected festival screenings:
‘Scout,’ Threadwaxing Space, New York, NY, 1999.
Image+Nation Festival, Montreal, QC, Canada, 1999.
Hamburg Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Germany, 2000
12th Paris Lesbian Film Festival, Paris, France, 2000
The New Festival, New York, NY, 2000
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2001