Film BlueCurator’s Statement

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of West Hollywood’s city-hood, I have an exciting opportunity to serve my city as the curator of the WeHo@30 Film Festival. It was a project unique in the same way West Hollywood is unique: fun, creative, community oriented, and at first glance nonchalant; yet deeply proud of its diversity and progressive history. As befitting a time capsule, these films, oral histories, images of Pride and of iconic West Hollywood architectural and street landmarks cover the rich history of the LGBTQ movement that gave birth to the City, and pay tribute to its large Russian and creative communities who live and work in the now famous neighborhoods of the Sunset Strip, the West Hollywood Design District, and historic Route 66. As a lifelong devotee of libraries and film archives, I am truly proud of my city and honored that I was able to work on this project.

Vera Mijojlić
Curator and Artistic Director

 

West Hollywood City Council Chambers/Library Building
625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

WEHO Architecture, History, Culture

Exploring the architectural gems of West Hollywood

 

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WeHo Buildings - Tony Coelho, photographerTony Coelho is a Los Angeles based photographer with an educational background in Film and LGBT studies.  He has an extensive history of photographing events for the city of West Hollywood, documenting queer arts and lifestyles, and capturing the urban landscape of Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule of Screenings

 

Friday, October 23

Door opens at 3:00pm.

4:00pm

Shorts Program 1

Diverse storytelling techniques range from picture book and vérité-style camera to oral histories, bearing witness to diversity of its subjects.

Group Q&A with Dale Madison, Heath Daniels, Sofia Canales, Byron Jose, Marisol Nava, Kimberly Esslinger, and Gregorio Davila.

Sissy Sammy in the Land of WeHo

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Director: Dale G Madison
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Sissy Sammy in the Land of WEHO 90069 is the tale of Sammy, a feminine acting boy from Compton
who ends up in West Hollywood after a knock on the head trying to find his way back home.

Sissy Sammy - Dale Madison, filmmaker

Dale Guy Madison is an artist, educator, writer, actor, filmmaker and former host for the QVC network. He received his first performer screen film credit in the original 1988 John Waters movie, Hairspray. A nationally recognized and award-winning doll designer, Madison has exhibited at the William Grant Still Art Center. Dale arrived in Los Angeles in 1999 with his first one-man show, FREEda Slave: Mask of a Diva, which ran four months at the Hudson Backstage Theater. The show addressed issues of cross-dressing and intra-discrimination in the gay community and earned a Backstage West “Pick of the Week.” He released his memoirs entitled, DREAMBOY: My Life as a QVC Host & Other Greatest Hits in 2008. The film version received “Best LGBT Film” at the 2008 San Diego Black Film Festival. In 2008, he also wrote and produced another short film, “The Panty Man” (starring Shangela of RuPaul’s Drag Race), based on one of his popular spoken word poems. That film has screened at festivals around the world.In the summer of 2013, Madison premiered his second one-man show entitled, My Life in 3Easy Payments during One City One Pride in West Hollywood. To learn more about Dale, visit his webpage, www.daleguymadison.com.

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Stall

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Director: Heath Daniels
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Arriving in West Hollywood with only a duffle bag and beat up suitcase, Derrick unexpectedly wanders into a public men’s room and is greeted by the evocative stares and mischievous smiles of the men inside.
Hesitant, yet curious to explore the carnal cruising further, Derrick enters a large stall at the end of the room. He is thrust into a magical time capsule; the stall encompasses the sights and sounds that celebrate 30 years of West Hollywood.

Stall - Heath Daniels, director_producerHeath Daniels is a filmmaker and journalist. “Go Go Reject,” the short film comedy Heath wrote, produced and starred in, screened at over 50 international film festivals and won numerous awards. Reuniting with “Go Go Reject” director, Michael Saul, Heath wrote, produced and starred in the short films, “Adults Only” and “The Best Man.” Heath added director to his resume with the short films, “Ageless” and “International Male.” Released for free on YouTube, “Ageless” has garnered over 6 million views. “International Male” premiered as part of the OutFest Fusion Film Festival. The Surface marked Heath’s debut as a feature film producer. The Surface had its world premiere at the prestigious Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco in 2015. As an entertainment host and journalist, Heath specializes in pop culture and celebrity reporting. His interviews with Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Olympic and Pulitzer Prize winners have appeared on E! Online, EntertainmentWeekly.com and Playbill.com. He is a contributing writer at Advocate.com and queerty.com.

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My Mom the Nanny

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Director: Sofia Canales
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Rosa, an immigrant from El Salvador, works in West Hollywood as a nanny to Vivienne. Stroller rides become encounters with the socioeconomic structures that maintain the large portion of laborers in West Hollywood invisible to the residents.

Mommy - Sofia Canales, directorSofia Canales is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Music Composition, Experimental Sound Practices and her BFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts. Her work tends to focus on esoteric parts of Latino culture, and the experiences of Latinos in the United States. When she’s not exploring Latino culture, memory, and history, she is experimenting with small-scale combinations of light, color, and sound. Her first film, Mujer, has screened at the Morelia Film Festival 2014 in Michoacan, Mexico, Slamdance Film Festival 2015, and Northside Festival 2015.

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Reinas de Los Angeles

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Director: Byron Jose
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“Reinas de Los Angeles” narrates the oral hystories of trans women and drag queen performers who bring to life the stages of Latino gay bars in Los Angeles. This film showcases the work, lives, and gender identity formation and expression, of the queens of Los Angeles from the ’80s to present day.

Reinas - Byron Jose, filmmaker

Byron Jose is a filmmaker, performance artist, writer, and educator. As an immigrant in Los Angeles, Byron creates projects to deconstruct, divert, and dictate norms, situations, and discourse. Through these works, Byron presents byproducts rooted in immigrant and queer experiences. Using film, video projections, the self, and ordinary occurrences, pieces are created while challenging the limitations of processes and form. Byron has performed at the National Queer Arts Festival, and at Rethinking Power & Resistance Conference at the University of Texas at Austin. Byron has been a guest speaker at Barnard College, University of Southern California, Pomona College and has been published by make/shift magazine.

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ACT UP: J.T.’s Experience

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Director: Marisol Nava
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JT as well as many other ACT UP members have paved the way for any person with HIV or AIDS to freely go into a hospital or HIV/AIDS organization to get tested, treated, or get help with medication.

Act Up - Marisol NavaMarisol Nava attends California State University of Northridge and as of 2015, she is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in TV Production. She is recognized for her short documentary film, “ACT UP: J.T. Anderson’s Experience” and her short black and white photography montage, “The Angel within Josh.” Both those shorts can be found on YouTube. She is currently working on a Public Service Announcement for an on-campus issue regarding gender neutral restrooms. She hopes that the PSA will address the need for more gender neutral restrooms not only at Cal State Northridge but also in other campuses currently unaware of this issue for LGBT people. Lastly, Marisol was born and raised in South L.A. where she currently resides. She hopes that her films will make a difference in her community.

 

 

The Homofiles

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Director: Kimberly Esslinger
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The HomoFiles is a California Community Stories project featuring the stories of gay girls and lesbians who came out primarily in the 40s, 50s and 60s (pre-Stonewall) and how the lesbian bar was essential to the process. Essential, not because it was simply a place to drink or socialize, but because for these women who had nowhere else to go where they could be themselves, the bar was like “coming home.”

Kimberly Esslinger is an independent filmmaker and digital artist. She was awarded a California Story Grants and is the project director for HomoFiles, a feature length documentary about gay women’s bar culture in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Her public access show, (also) “The HomoFiles,” won Audience Favorite Weekly Series.

Homofiles - Dr. Marie Cartier, producerMarie Cartier is a scholar, visual/performance artist, queer activist, poet and theologian. She has been active in many movements for social change. Marie teaches at UC Irvine in the Film & Media Studies Department and at CSU Northridge in Women’s Studies. HomoFiles is based on her book, Baby, You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars and Theology Before Stonewall.

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Nancy from East Side Clover

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Director: Gregorio Davila
Producers: Mario J. Novoa
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Growing up poor, Chicano, a woman and a lesbian in mid 20th century East L.A., Nancy Valverde’s life was a constant uphill battle, complicated by the fact that she preferred the comfort of men’s clothes; a “misdemeanor crime” which she was routinely arrested for. Now at age 83 Nancy’s lifelong defiance and resilience to maintain her self identity as a butch lesbian, has garnered her legendary status in the Los Angeles LGBTQ community. Nancy From East Side Clover is part of an upcoming feature length documentary about the rich Gay history of the Los Angeles area entitled L.A. A Queer History – 2016.

Nancy - Gregorio Davila, Writer Producer Director

Gregorio Davila is an award winning filmmaker, writer and visual artist. Devoted to his passion for under and misrepresented demographics, Gregorio’s work centers around socio-economic issues, history and civil rights of people of color, mainly Latinos, in the LGBTQ community. In addition to experiencing immense success and overwhelmingly positive reception of his short documentary film, “Nancy from the East Side,” Gregorio has spent the last two years researching and cultivating information pertinent to the gay rights movement originating in Los Angeles. His goal for his film L.A. A Queer History is to become a catalyst for public schools in mandating lessons in LGBTQ history and culture.

Nancy - Mario J. Novoa, Producer

Mario J. Novoa is an award winning producer, director and Film Independent Project Involve Fellow who was personally mentored by Director Miguel Arteta (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Youth in Revolt; The Good Girl). Mario was awarded the Barbara Boyle Scholarship and subsequently earned a degree in producing from Los Angeles Film School in 2000. Shortly after graduating, Mario founded Novoa Entertainment, a production company specializing in industrial and event videos. In 2013, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University. In addition to L.A. A Queer History, Mario is also in post-production on an original web series he writes, directs and produces.

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5:00pm

Shorts Program 2

Tribute to a mom and the community supportive of a transgender girl blends with a nostalgic and at times humorous trek through West Hollywood’s history, ending on an upbeat and spunky note.

Group Q&A with Dante Alencastre, Eli Rarey, Jason Jenn , Rich Yap, and Betsy Kalin.

 

 

Young City at War

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Director: Andy Sacher
Producers: Andy Sacher and David Sperber
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Set to launch on National AIDS Awareness Day, Young City at War will feature the dramatic and poignant story of West Hollywood’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in its early days. Through in-depth interviews an important chapter of community history will be preserved and made available online for current residents, LGBTQ youth, and the broader public.

Andy SacherAndy Sacher is a creative professional with over 30 years experience creating enriching and entertaining projects. In the early 1990s he was employed at Walt Disney Imagineering as a Concept Architect and Exhibit Designer. There he conceived and developed master plans, theme park attractions and guest experiences for Disney’s Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and California Adventure.

Design and production credits that followed include educational exhibits for Port Discovery – Baltimore Children’s Museum and themed entertainment centers for Steven Spielberg’s GameWorks franchise. Andy art directed and produced numerous transmedia projects including interactive content, websites, behind the scenes video for Idealab, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, and FOX Home Video. He also conceived and produced educational games for California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Responding to Proposition 8 in 2008, Andy joined and mentored the LGBT activist organization Roots of Equality, which designed, produced, and installed an award-winning exhibit on LA’s Gay and Lesbian history. Andy received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, and Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He continues to consult with museums, cultural organizations and educational institutions to develop innovative public venues and educational interactive experiences that enrich peoples lives. Go to www.linkedin.com/in/sachercreative for more information.

 

Raising Zoey

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Director: Dante Alencastre
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A year in the life of trans Latina teenager, Zoey Luna and her mom Ofelia and their struggles for acceptance at her middle school and the challenges of being a teenager in a conservative hetero normative world.

Raising Zoe - Dante Alencastre, filmmakerDante Alencastre is an award winning documentary filmmaker and activist. He is renowned in the LGBTQ community for his insightful and intimate documentation of trans lives as well as in his native country, Peru, through films such as En El Fuego (2007) and El Fuego Dentro (2012). Most recently, he is known for his award winning documentary on the life of nationally recognized trans Latina activist, Bamby Salcedo, Transvisible: Bamby Salcedos Story (2013), which has garnered numerous praise and a large national attention not only for the vitality and charisma of Ms. Salcedo but also for the intersectionalities documented in its narrative: trans, Latina, HIV+, immigration, addiction, youth, leadership and family acceptance.

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Dinner at Home

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Director: Eli Rarey, Steven Chodoriwsky
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A group of long-time friends gathering in a West Hollywood house becomes a study in gay community, its relationship to time and place, and its connection to the idea of home. A documentary portrait of friendship as a potent force in our lives.

Dinner at Home - Eli Rarey, artistEli Rarey is a filmmaker, poet, playwright and storyteller who focuses on issues around sexuality, narrative, identity and faith. He is a founding member of the collaborative theater company, Science Project, in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to complete his MFA at USC School of Cinematic Arts. He has directed music videos, short films and video installations. He is a media columnist for the online journal Ohio Edit, and his first feature film as writer/director The Famous Joe Project was released internationally on iTunes, Amazon and Vimeo this year. He is currently developing the web series, “Hard Decisions,” available this fall on YouTube.

Dinner at Home - Steven Chodoriwsky, artistSteven Chodoriwsky is an artist, designer and writer. His research practice employs a range of media including site-specific installation, theatre, film, graphic design and text. His works are concerned with acts of listening, fieldwork and community in concert with the built environments (or audiences) in which they are situated. He teaches architecture at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.

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Timmon’s Tour

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Director: Jason Jenn & Stuart Timmons
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Author/historian Stuart Timmons teamed up with multimedia performance artist/director Jason Jenn, along with their assembled cast and crew to create the Stuart Timmons’ City of West Hollywood LGBTQ History Mobile Tour for One City One Pride’s LGTBQ Arts Festival “WeHo@30”. Stuart began developing a walking tour of WeHo in 2007, but was interrupted when he experienced a stroke in January 2008. Finally brought to fruition in 2015, this version has been reimagined with various costumed performers stationed along the route, sharing the information in a fun and festive manner for touring participants. The live event on June 6 was documented and constructed into a short film of highlights to share some of the excitement from that day and West Hollywood’s rich and wondrous LGTBQ history.

 Timmons - Stuart Timmons, author_historianStuart Timmons is an acclaimed historian and author of the book, The Trouble With Harry Hay, as well as co-author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning tome Gay L.A. He has written several articles, performed numerous historical presentations and curated various art and historical exhibitions. He served the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Board from 1999-2003 and was its Executive Director in 2004. In 2007, he began work on three tours of LGBTQ historic sites, including the recently completed mobile tour about the City of West Hollywood for its One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, “WeHo@30.”

Timmons - Jason Jenn, artist_directorJason Jenn is a multimedia artist, writer, director, performer, producer, creative consultant and Jack-Of-Many-Trades. He has lived in Los Angeles and worked in the television/film and performing arts community since 1998, originally from a rural Midwestern background receiving a BA double majoring in Film & Media Production and Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. In recent years, he has enjoyed taking the works of great gay poets Cavafy, James Broughton and Paul Monette (David Norse in 2016) to create engaging theatrical interpretations of their work. More information and samples of his work can be found online at www.HiveWorld.org.

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Chained!

 

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Director: Betsy Kalin
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Why are lesbians the biggest consumers of wallet chains
in the country? Chained! is a fun, humorous romp through
the lives of these quirky lesbians who define themselves
by their chains.

Chained - Betsy Kalin, director_producerTrue to the independent filmmaking spirit, Betsy Kalin often wears the hats of producer, writer, director
and editor. She received a BA in Women’s Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Directing
from the University of Miami. In 2004, her feature length documentary, Hearts Cracked Open, premiered
to great acclaim at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and has gone on to win several
awards. Her film, Roof, premiered at New York City’s MoMA as part of New Directors/New Films and is a
part of the Short Shorts compilation released by Picture This! Entertainment. She also wrote and directed
the lesbian biography series, LesBios, for web broadcast. Last year, she programmed and produced the
film component of the ONE Archives’ GenderPlay Exhibition, which examines the interplay of gender and
identity in the LGBT community. Currently, she is producing and directing the documentary, East L.A.
Interchange, as well as producing Before Homosexuals with John Scagliotti, the Emmy award-winning
producer of Before Stonewall. Her latest film, Chained!, is screening in festivals across the country.

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6:15pm

Pride Slides, & WeHo Buildings slideshow
Images captured on the Pride route and photographs of the buildings throughout the City invite us to meditate and contemplate. Pure joy!

Q&A with Angela Brinskele, and Tony Coelho.

Pride Slides

 

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Director: Angela Brinskele
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A video of photographs showing Pride Parades in West Hollywood including photos from 1987 to present. This video will have some inspirational music as and have a duration between 5 and 10 minutes.

Pride Slides - Angela Brinskele, Photographer

Angela Brinskele is a photographer, an advocate for LGBT rights and the Director of Communications at the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives in West Hollywood. She has been documenting the gay community through photography for over 25 years. Angela was given an award for her work by the International Library of Photography and her photos have been published in over 25 newspapers and magazines and on the internet all over the world. In March 2013, she received the Women in Leadership Award from the Women’s Advisory Board of the City of West Hollywood.

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WEHO Buildings

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Director: Tony Coelho
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WEHO Architecture, History, and Culture
40 West Hollywood buildings of architectural and historical significance are photographed and highlighted on an interactive digital map.

WeHo Buildings - Tony Coelho, photographerTony Coelho is a Los Angeles based photographer with an educational background in Film and LGBT studies.  He has an extensive history of photographing events for the city of West Hollywood, documenting queer arts and lifestyles, and capturing the urban landscape of Los Angeles.

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7:00pm

WeHo@30: An Introduction

Music with a Mission
Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has taken by storm many an audience around the world, and the film makes a good case for GMCLA as a very important part of WeHo’s history.

Q&A with James Roman and members of the GMCLA

 

Music with a Mission

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Director: James Roman
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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is one of West Hollywood’s greatest successes. Here’s its history, Music with a Mission, told through the video archive, from early rehearsals in Plummer Park to global achievements today. See snippets of Bill Clinton, Lily Tomlin, Jennifer Holliday and many more guest stars, composers and politicians. View the chorus in Russia, in Estonia, and the Hollywood Bowl. Learn about the “It Gets Better” tour that brings its anti-bullying message to vulnerable youths across the country, plus GMCLA’s youth chorus, and AMP, the Alive Music Project that brings music to thousands of public school students. From its home office in West Hollywood, GMCLA wishes the city a Happy 30th Anniversary with this video of thanks.

Music Mission - James Roman, filmmaker

James Roman is the Videographer for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. He assembled the Music With A Mission documentary/music video from archival footage that he maintains in GMCLA’s video vault. Roman’s accomplishments for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles include 15 feature-length archival videos of GMCLA performances; some elements from these videos are known to the public as 60 individual clips on YouTube and other social media sites. Prior to his role as Videographer, Roman sang with GMCLA’s baritones for fifteen years. In addition to his pro bono activities for GMCLA, James Roman is the author of three books: Chronicles of Old New York, Chronicles of Old Las Vegas, and Chronicles of Old Los Angeles. Copies of his books are available in bookstores throughout West Hollywood, and on iBooks, Nook and Kindle.

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L.A. A Queer History
An excerpt from the future full-length documentary whose historical narrative and expert use of archival materials promise a comprehensive portrait of queer history in Los Angeles and West Hollywood.

Q&A with Gregorio Davila and his crew

 

L.A. A Queer History

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Director: Gregorio Davila, Mario J. Novoa, Richard Xavier Corral, Brynna Yentz, Stephen Roloc
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L.A. A Queer History is a celebration and reclamation of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ legacy pre-Stonewall. Telling the story of how these largely unknown individuals, artists and organizations shaped not only Queer culture but the world at large, paving the way for the Stonewall Riots, Gay Liberation and Marriage Equality.

 LAQH - Gregorio Davila, Writer Producer Director   Gregorio Davila is an award winning filmmaker, writer and visual artist. Devoted to his passion for under and misrepresented demographics, Gregorio’s work centers around socio-economic issues, history and civil rights of people of color, mainly Latinos, in the LGBTQ community. In addition to experiencing immense success and overwhelmingly positive reception of his short documentary film, “Nancy from the East Side,” Gregorio has spent the last two years researching and cultivating information pertinent to the gay rights movement originating in Los Angeles. His goal for his film L.A. A Queer History is to become a catalyst for public schools in mandating lessons in LGBTQ history and culture.

LAQH - Mario J. Novoa, ProducerMario J. Novoa is an award winning producer, director and Film Independent Project Involve Fellow who was personally mentored by Director Miguel Arteta (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Youth in Revolt; The Good Girl). Mario was awarded the Barbara Boyle Scholarship and subsequently earned a degree in producing from Los Angeles Film School in 2000. Shortly after graduating, Mario founded Novoa Entertainment, a production company specializing in industrial and event videos. In 2013, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University. In addition to L.A. A Queer History, Mario is also in post-production on an original web series he writes, directs and produces.

LAQH - Richard Xavier Corral, Exec ProducerRichard Xavier Corral is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Corral Consulting with over 11 years experience specializing in communications, community engagement, education and training, evaluation, fundraising, organizational management, policy and research. Richard holds a Masters of Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and is a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC Berkeley. With a passion for social change and serving under-resourced communities, Richard’s civic contributions include serving as the current Board President of the San Gabriel Valley Consortium for Homelessness, serving for three years as an elected representative on the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council and providing pro bono consulting to local startup ventures.

LAQH - Brynna Yentz, Co-ProducerBrynna Yentz is a film producer and production designer from Atlanta, GA. Her professional background prior to transitioning into film includes marketing, public relations, recruiting and fraud investigation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Kennesaw State University. Over the last 10 years, Brynna has provided pro bono marketing, graphic design and event planning services to non-profit organizations specializing in improving the wellness, quality of life and education of children and adults affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. She also provides pro bono resume writing, website development and consulting services for individuals facing financial and other barriers.

LAQH - Stephen Roloc, Line ProducerStephen Roloc is an award winning director of photography, a line producer, an editor and a special effects consultant. An Atlanta native with a background in Information Technology, Stephen is a jack of all trades including skills from musical abilities to mechanical prowess.

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8:30pm

Opening reception
Lobby of the Council Chambers

Longshot Coffee

 

Saturday, October 24

3:00pm

Round table with Filmmakers

Panel discussion. Open to the public.

 

4:00pm

Shorts Program 3

Humorous premise about the resourceful elderly residents, and portraits of veterans from WW II pay homage to the specific segments of the Russian population of West Hollywood.

Q&A with Jonathan Skurnik, and Michael Haibach

The Bubbies

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Director: Jonathan Skurnik
Producers: The City of West Hollywood
Genre: Dramedy

In The Bubbies, a group of Russian and Ukrainian immigrant Jewish friends come together to welcome a newly retired delicatessen worker with a gorgeous singing voice into their West Hollywood community chorus.

The Bubbies - Jonathan Skurnik, producerJonathan Skurnik produces award–winning documentaries for broadcast and educational distribution. His films tell the stories of people and communities struggling to overcome oppression to reach their highest potentials. In addition to his documentary work, Jonathan founded the Workfare Media Initiative, The Youth and Gender Media Project and The Cante Sica Foundation, three foundation-funded grassroots outreach and engagement projects that provide transformational educational experiences through facilitated screenings and discussions and immersive digital resources on the web. Jonathan also directs short fiction films, is an adjunct professor of film at local universities and works as a visual artist.

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City of West Hollywood Celebrating 30 Years of Russian Culture

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The City of West Hollywood is located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles. It is like no other city in the world, incorporated in 1984 by a unique collaboration of people including LGBT activists and advocates for affordable housing, West Hollywood is a robust urban center instilled with idealism, creativity, and innovation. It is also home to a thriving community of nearly 4,000 people from the former Soviet Union — this represents approximately 11 percent of the City’s population of 35,000 people. Over the past 30 years the City has worked closely with members of its Russian-speaking community to collect their stories and compile an oral history with dozens of interviews. Each personal account shares common themes regarding the immigration experience — repression, struggle, hope, bravery, and survival. Celebrating 30 Years of Russian Culture, along with the City’s compilation of oral histories will allow future generations the opportunity to share in this important part of our City’s history.

 

4:45pm

Shorts Program 4: Architecture, Sculpture, Billboards!

The culture and appreciation of design permeates the City’s outdoors, and attracts artists, émigrés and international visitors alike.

Q&A with Tony Coelho, Shana Mabari, Vera Mijojlić, John Garry III, Radan Popović, and Robert Landau.

WeHo Buildings

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Director: Tony Coelho
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WEHO Architecture, History, and Culture
40 West Hollywood buildings of architectural and historical significance are photographed and highlighted on a digital map.

WeHo Buildings - Tony Coelho, photographerTony Coelho is a Los Angeles based photographer with an educational background in Film and LGBT studies.  He has an extensive history of photographing events for the city of West Hollywood, documenting queer arts and lifestyles, and capturing the urban landscape of Los Angeles.

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Illumetric

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Director: Shana Mabari
Producers: Shana Mabari
Genre: Documentary

Shana Mabari, Jack Brogan, Andrew Campbell and Peter Mays.
Video documenting “Illumetric,” Shana Mabari’s Art on the Outside public art project for the City of West Hollywood – covering conception, fabrication, installation, and tenure on Santa Monica Blvd. including footage from West Hollywood celebrations and events throughout the year.
www.shanamabari.com

Illumetric - Shana Mabari, artistLos Angeles-based contemporary artist Shana Mabari continues the tradition of the Light and Space movement that originated in California in the 1960s. Her work explores the intersections of art, science and technology and has been exhibited in four continents. Mabari’s project Illumetric, a triptych of massive geometric sculptures, was installed on the median of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA in July 2014. She worked extensively with legendary Southern California fabricator Jack Brogan on initial design concepts for Illumetric, which has been officially added to Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/nanvcrx). Constructed with colored acrylic panels, the pieces feature internal LED illumination for nighttime display. Mabari is the recipient of the 2013 Center for Cultural Innovation ARC Grant and a 2015 WEHO@30 Film & Digital Media Grant. She holds a patent for “Dynamic Spatial Illusions,” a portable version of a visual and sensory experimental environment. Her education includes studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

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SEEfest in WeHo

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Director: Vera Mijojlić
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SEEfest, the South East European Film Festival, began as a project in West Hollywood in 2002. In 2015 this trailer was made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SEEfest and takes us on a journey through many cultures of the Los Angeles County. Some of the Festival venues featured in the trailer include the Writers Guild Theater, Laemmle’s theaters, Goethe-Institut, the West Hollywood Library, Billy Wilder theater at the Hammer Museum, the UCLA Bridges theater as well as a selection of Los Angeles landmarks: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park, the Mother of Humanity statue by sculptor Nigel Binns in Watts, Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, the Urban Light assemblage sculpture by artist Chris Burden at the grand entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Monica pier, entrance to the Vermont metro station, Mariachi Plaza, the Culver hotel, Beverly Boulevard, Bar Lubitsch, Korea and Thai towns, little Ethiopia, murals in Boyle Heights, King Fahad Mosque, and the Russian Orthodox church in little Armenia.

Vera 2014-04-13smallVera Mijojlic is the founder and director of SEEfest, the South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles. Over the past ten years she has built the festival from the grounds up and established it as the premier cinematic showcase where films from eighteen countries of South-East Europe and the Caucasus are presented as an annual thematic snapshot of that turbulent region. She is the co-founder, with Hans-Martin Liebing, of SEEfest’s Film Frontiers Initiative and Film Frontiers Forum, and works as creative adviser to independent filmmakers.

She began as a cultural reporter and film critic in Sarajevo, and holds a degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade.

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City Collage

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West Hollywood is home to an eclectic array of landmarks including, among many, the Schindler’s House on Kings Road, a masterpiece designed by one of the great modern architects of the 20th century, Rudolph Schindler. He and fellow architect Richard Neutra emigrated to California where they were able to finally realize their revolutionary ideas. The Schindler House in West Hollywood, built in 1921, is today a designated historical landmark. Since 1994 it serves as the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.

The new West Hollywood Library, designed by architects Steve Johnson and Jim Favaro and opened in 2011, sits across the gigantic blue, green and red buildings of the Pacific Design Center, by architect Cesar Pelli. Along with many galleries, such as the distinguished Louis Stern Fine Arts, they are in the center of the West Hollywood Design District, the cultural destination located at Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard, featuring high-caliber design, art, fashion, beauty, dining, and more — including the famed film industry hangout est. 1964, Dan Tana’s Restaurant, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with a celebrity-studded party in October 2014.
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seefestSEEfest Productions created this brief tour through and around West Hollywood to pay homage to the Creative City and its many avenues filled with art, design and entertainment. SEEfest, the South East European Film Festival, presents cinematic and cultural diversity of 18 countries of South East Europe to American audiences and creates cultural connections through films, artistic and social events. Each year the festival takes the audience on a journey to the cinematic and cultural crossroads of the countries along the Danube and across the Balkans, touching on the Euro-Asia divide on the eastern shores of the Black Sea and the Caucasus. SEEfest is a competition festival showcasing independent cinema and providing a platform in the U.S. for the discovery of new talent from South East Europe.

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Billboards on the Sunset Strip

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Director: Eric Collero of Vinyl Rewind. Robert Landau

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Did you know there were giant, hand painted billboards advertising classic albums of the 60s, 70s & 80s? This week The Vinyl Geek interviews photographer & author of the book Rock ’N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip, Robert Landau.

Billboard - Eric Callero, producer_hostEric Callero studied cinema at San Francisco State University and directed his first feature film in 2006. Around this time, he could be found playing lead guitar in the rockabilly duo, The Keen Kousins. Currently he lives in Los Angeles where he works as an actor and model. When he is not hunting down deals on sweet vintage goods at thrift store, flea markets and antique shops, he produces and hosts the music review show, “Vinyl Rewind.”

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5:30pm

From Red State to Golden State

The film highlights the early days of the WeHo’s Russian-Jewish settlement in the City with a wealth of interviews, and vintage footage from the decades of Eastern European immigration.

Q&A with Gabriele and Mark Hayes.

From Red State to Golden State

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Director: Mark Hayes
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Moving from one country to another is always challenging, but what happens when immigrants leave behind one economic and political system for a wholly different one? From Red State to Golden State recounts the immigrant experiences of several Jewish families as they leave the Eastern Bloc for the American West.

Red State - Justinian Jampol, founderJustinian Jampol is the founder and Executive Director of the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Modern History from Oxford University. His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Swords, Doves, and Flags: Evolution of Political Iconography and Cultural Meaning in the GDR, 1949-1989.”

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Gabriele Hayes (Producer) and Mark Hayes (Director) have been making documentaries together since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.  They met there in 1985 and were later married, but Gabriele was never permitted to travel since she was East German. Soon after the fall of the wall in 1989, they produced One Germany, a documentary about the reunification of Germany in 1990. They revisited the same theme in 2011 with One Germany, The Other Side of the Wall, which looks at life in Germany twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. They are currently in post-production on the feature length documentary, Skid Row Marathon, about a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge who began running a club on skid row with homeless people. Mark is a former resident of West Hollywood.

Red State - Eugene Alper, narrator

Eugene Alper (the narrator) was born and raised in the former Soviet Union where he received an education in theater. He came to Los Angeles in 1989 and has maintained close ties with everything Russian by working with the Russian community in the City of West Hollywood, translating plays by and memoirs about Anton Chekhov, writing and performing Russian songs, and playing Russian characters in movies and on television. For Eugene, taking part in the making of “From Red State to Golden State” for the Wende Museum has been an important journey of self-discovery.

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7:00pm

Closing reception

Hosted by the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and the Russian Advisory Board to celebrate festival artists and the exhibit In a New Land: 10 Years Later/Photography by Russian-Speaking Immigrants.

 

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