Media Arts Program
 


Saturday, November 4, 2000

WAYS IN BEING GAY

Presented at:
Hallwalls

COULD BE WORSE! (Zack Stratis, USA, 2000, 90min, video) Presented in person by Zack Stratis.

Brilliantly audacious, this is a must-see important new work. Director Zachary Stratis decided to tell the story of his being an out gay man and his sometimes rocky relationship with his more conservative Greek- American family as a "mockumentary," a pseudo-documentary where the whole thing is pretty much scripted. The two truly amazing things are that he cast his actual family, not actors, playing themselves, and it's a musical, with full out song and dance numbers. Mixing rock-and-roll, Greek bouzouki music and Broadway-style ballads, the eclectic musical numbers exude a sort of rough-hewn poetry (albeit sometimes off-key) that's a joy to behold. Beginning with the very first frame, this surreal, goofy, startling work will pull you in and never cease to surprise you.

Zack Stratis is a filmmaker based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a CINE Eagle Award and Best Documentary at the Humboldt International film Festival. Could Be Worse! was an official selection at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

 
 
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Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.