Media Arts Program

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.


UB Dept. of Visual Studies, Leslie-Lohman Museum for Gay & Lesbian Art, & Hallwalls present

The Leslie-Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series: Eduardo Velázquez presents his film GUAO

(2015, 34 min.) NOTE NEW, LATER TIME OF 9:00 P.M.!!!!!

Followed by a discussion with Velázquez and Jonathan Katz, Director of the UB Visual Studies PhD Program.

Synopsis: Set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, GUAO tells the story of Luperón, a Caribbean immigrant, a naïve and shy boy and his profound love for Catherine Deneuve. Luperón has lived protected by his sister Ana, an aspiring actress and waitress who is also a caregiver to Luperón due to a mysterious degenerative brain disease. Luperón decides to gender transition and become Catherine Deneuve, and falls in love with Federico, a religious fanatic.

Screening history/awards:
  • Official Selection—Central Michigan International Film Festival [US]
  • Official Selection—Equality Festival in KYIV [Kiev]
  • Official Selection—Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale [US]
  • Official Selection—14th International Independent Film Festival [Bangladesh]
  • Audience Award—The Artists Forum: The Festival of the Moving Image [NYC]
  • Official Selection—La Otra Banqueta [Guatemala]
  • Official Selection—SOHO International Film Festival [NYC]
  • Official Selection—The New York Independent Film Festival [NYC]
  • Official Selection—OZARK SHORTS [US]
  • Official Selection—Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival [Hong Kong]
  • Winner Best Caribbean Film—Martinique International Film Festival [Martinique]
  • Official Selection—Festival Massimadi [Montreal]
  • Official Selection—BLOW-UP Film Fest [US]
  • Official Selection—TRANSITION International Queer Film Festival [Vienna]
  • Official Selection—Blackbird Film Fest [US]
  • Official Selection—Miami Independent Film Festival [US]
  • Official Selection—Wotever DYI Film Festival [London]. World Premiere

Eduardo Shlomo Velázquez is a Dominican-American artist and filmmaker working in video, painting, performance, and multimedia installations. Velázquez's work has been presented in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, including El Museo del Barrio, NYC; ARTICULE, Montreal; The Today Art Museum, Beijing; Black to the Future, Paris; the Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale University, New Haven; and the Wotever DYI Film Festival, London. In 2014, Velázquez founded the international indie production company, Verandi Films. His short (34-minute) film, GUAO, was part of the official selections of more than 20 festivals around the globe, winning Best Caribbean Film at Martinique Film Festival, and Audience Award at the Artist Forum: The Festival of the Moving Image in NYC.

Velázquez graduated with a BA/BFA in studio art from the Kansas City Art Institute and received his MFA in emerging practices from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He contributes to different queer undocumented activist groups in New York City, and has spoken at Joan Mitchell Foundation, El Museo del Barrio, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, McGill University, CUNY Graduate Center, Ryerson University, and SUNY Buffalo. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.