Media Arts Program

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

$7 general, $5 students/seniors, $4 members

Ways In Being Gay : Ways In/Between Gender presents

Charades: Films by Ann Steuernagel

Experimental filmmaker Ann Steuernagel (born and raised in WNY) uses found footage in her work, like educational films and home movies, as a way to critique gender roles and systems of communication. In addition to screening her short films she will premiere Charades, a work compelled by Prop 8 which is both a celebration of boy/girl identity and lesbian sexuality, and an acknowledgement of the struggle and courage it takes to be seen for who one really is.
Works screened includ: BOY RUNNING (1998, 9min, video), a visual poem about loss and transcendence; SKIP (2002, 8min, video) composed from found footage of children attempting to overcome an array of physical obstacles and is inspired, in part by Alvin Lucier's I AM SITTING IN A ROOM; SIGH (2005, 8min, video) presents a theme and variations on the general idea of communication and juxtaposes our often-futile utilization of advanced audio technology with the simple act of listening; PLEDGE (2006, 6min, video) a found footage piece created from a collection of obscure, Vietnam war era documentaries; SEBASTIAN (2007, 6min, video) a reference to the martyer saint who was shot through with arrows; CHARADES (2009, 7min, video) compelled by California's passage of Proposition 8, which eliminated same-sex couples' right to marry, found footage celebrates boy/girl identity and lesbian sexuality as it acknowledges the struggle and courage it takes to be seen for who one really is.

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