Screening and Discussion
THE COCKETTES, screening as part of the Queer Arts Festival is a feature length documentary about the rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe of hippies and drag queens, 1969-1972. Co-directed by Weissman and Bill Weber, the film has reached cult status as a must see for the queerly inclined.
This screening is the last in 3-part series "Chronicling the Queer: The films of David Weissman", presented by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Queer New York International Arts Festival and Visual AIDS.
From his earliest short films to his ground-breaking documentaries The Cockettes, and We Were Here, filmmaker David Weissman has been chronicling queer experiences for over thirty years. Over three nights in October New York audiences will have an opportunity to see and engage in the films of David Weissman, with the filmmaker present and available for questions and conversation about his work.
All events are free and open to the general public
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
Best known for the documentaries WE WERE HERE and THE COCKETTES (made with Bill Weber), David Weissman began making oddball short films in the early 1980s. His short films range in style from the ridiculous to the sublime; from rampaging drag queens and singing complainers to cutting-edge HIV prevention ads, and a remarkable final song and dance by San Francisco performer, Rodney Price, of the legendary Angels of Light. www.davidweissmanfilms.com
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies provides a platform for intellectual leadership in addressing issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and other sexual and gender minorities.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art, and foster the artists who create it.
Queer New York International Arts Festival (QNYI) is a new festival of contemporary performance and visual art that explores and broadens the concept of “queer (in) art.”
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.