The film is a feature-length, multigenerational portrait of five queer female artists and explores their lives, artistic practices, obstacles, futures, and each of their genius. The artists featured are Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Dynasty Handbag / Jibz Cameron, Moor Mother, and Black Quantum Futurism – the collective project of Moor Mother and Rasheedah Phillips.
Queer Genius’s portrait of Rasheedah Phillips highlights her creative and legal work to mitigate community gentrification for Black communities in North Philadelphia. Phillips is also a graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
The film screened at QFest Houston and won “Audience Prize Best Feature 2020” on September 28th, 2020.
Queer Genius is currently screening at Buffalo International Film Festival (WNY Premiere) from October 8th to October 12th. The festival is virtual this year; if you’d like to watch the film, you can rent and screen it here.
Professor Pancake will participate in a panel discussion for the film at BIFF on October 11th from 7pm-8:30pm. More information for the event can be found here.
On October 13th, the film will be screened virtually at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Ackland Film Forum (North Carolina Premiere), followed by a virtual panel with Professor Pancake and UNC film scholars Martin Johnson, Franklin D. Cason Jr., Sarah Keller, and Florrie Burke). The registration link can be found via Ackland Art Museum’s event page for Queer Genius.
On October 15th, Queer Genius will screen at ReelQ: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival (Pittsburgh Premiere). The ReelQ screening geo-restricted to Pennsylvania and only available for 24 hours – available here.
Other screenings this month include Women Make Waves Film Festival (Taiwan Premiere) from October 19th-21st (schedule available here), and the Art 200 International Queer Film Festival (Romania Premiere) in Bucharest, Romania on October 26th.
To keep up with the film, make sure to check out the website.
Congratulations to Professor Pancake on the award and screenings! We hope students and faculty will check out Queer Genius at any of these virtual screenings throughout October.