3rdi NY and CINEMAROSA present a Special June Pride Screening of
YOURS EMOTIONALLY and LAVANDER INK
YOURS EMOTIONALLY is the HD feature by Bombay Director Sridhar
Rangayan, and LAVANDER INK is a multimedia presentation by Hector Canonge. Both Directors to be present for Q&A.
Followed by FREE QUEERIN' QUEENS 2006 performances 5-7pm by SEBASTIAN AZUL, IMANI UZURI, EMANUAL XAVIER, LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA, BIJLI, and ZEENA DIWANI. AFTERPARTY WITH DJ ASHU RAI of Sholay Productions!
Promotional Partners include: Cinemarosa, Sholay Productions, Queens Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Committee, Lavender Latkes, GRIOT Circle and SAGE/Queens.
Free snacks will be provided at the reception from 6-7pm, which is open to the public and free with museum admission (Suggestion donation: $5 adults, $2.50 seniors/students, members and children under 5 free.)
Contact: Prerana Reddy (718) 592-9700 ext. 222 or email@example.com for more information.
For more information about CINEMAROSA visit: http://www.cinemarosa.org.
Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art are supported by funds from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Institute of Museum & Library Services, Ford Foundation, and Independence Community Foundation.
About the Films
Dir: Sridhar Rangayan, UK/India, 2006, 83 minutes, HD Video, English
Yours Emotionally! follows Ravi, a gay British-Punjabi and his best mate Paul on their visit to Shimoga, a small town near the Indian metropolis of Bangalore. During his sojourn over a week in this idyllic hill town, he gets a taste of gay life and its nuances there. He finds a mixture of moribund traditions and shocking openness. He cannot reconcile these with the gay scene back home in Leicester. Interspersed with flashes of semi-surreal situations - presented through exciting dream sequences - Yours Emotionally! unfolds a brightly painted canvas that defies stereotypes and explores contrasting values within Indian and Western gay sub-cultures.
Program includes Multimedia presentation of Lavander Ink, a collection of Literary Narratives created by members of SAGE\Queens who took part in the month long "Writing and Visualization" program led by New Media Artist, HECTOR CANONGE. Lavander Ink develops into a series of themes and literary styles that explore and tell about the experiences of LGBT elders, the memories of the borough, and growing up "queer" in America. SAGE\Queens is an organization that was founded in 1995 to service LGBT older adults with educational, social and recreational activities.
About the Performers
From left: Sebastian Azul, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Imani Uzuri, Emanuel Xavier
Sebastian Azul has been singing and composing since he was a child in Peru. His style encompasses pop, disco, dance, and rock en espanol.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer Sri Lankan high femme diva without the drama. Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan by way of Worcester, Mass, Brooklyn and Toronto, she is the author of Consensual Genocide (TSAR, 2006).
Ecletic dynamic diva Imani Uzuri is often compared to artist like Grace Jones and Nina Simone as one who defies category. UZURI has collaborated and
recorded with the likes of JOHN LEGEND, English drum-n-bass pioneers 4-Hero, Talib Kweli, King Britt, Tony Nwachukwu, dub kings Sly and Robbie and musical legend Herbie Hancock. She is currently preparing for the upcoming release of her debut solo album, Her Holy Water: A Black Girl's Rock Opera.
In 1996, Emanuel Xavier took the New York City spoken word scene by storm, quickly becoming one of the most significant voices to emerge from the neo-Nuyorican poetry movement. Following in the tradition of writers/performers like Miguel Piñero, Xavier captivated audiences with a fresh and poignant brand of art that celebrated sexuality, Latino heritage, and the often brutal streets of New York.
The entertaining highlight of the evening will be drag performances by the divine Zeena Diwani and the always electrifying Bijli.
The event will conclude with dance party featuring a mix of Bollywood/Bhangra/World beats by Ashu Rai, the co-founder of Sholay Productions, an NYC-based events management company that puts on the monthly South Asian Queer dance party DESIlicious, which regularly draws crowds of 400-500.
About 3rd I. 3rd I New York's monthly film and music salon designed by local filmmakers and experimental DJs showcases the works of independent filmmakers of South Asian descent and local djs, musicians and electronica artists. Providing alternative forums for South Asian filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion. More info...