Lands and Seas of Bones

Friday, November 22, 2018 | 7:30pm EST
| 72 min.

Nov 2 | 7:30pm
@ OCAD University
Sliding scale $5-15
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

In this program of experimental shorts from Turtle Island, filmmakers remember the violence of – and celebrate the resistance to – colonialism, capitalism, and the Atlantic slave trade.

Approximate running time: 72 minutes.


La Mesa

Adrian Garcia Gomez

10 min | United States | 2018

La Mesa explores the intersections of memory, identity, and queer desire. It recreates fragmented and romanticized stories of a childhood in rural Mexico as told by the filmmaker’s father. These disjointed vignettes are interwoven with queered reenactments of scenes from popular culture as the filmmaker casts himself in the old Mexican films and American Westerns he grew up watching with his family in California.

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Scotty Wagner

3 min | United States | 2018

Filmmaker Scotty Wagner animates his old journals, offering a point of entry that stresses self-discovery over self-analysis (and criticism).

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Mike Hoolboom

13 min | Canada | 2018

Based on a talk by Paul B. Preciado entitled “Pharmacopornographic counter fictions” at Tate Modern’s The Tanks in London in 2013, renowned Governor General award-winning filmmaker Mike Hoolboom constructs an illustrated lecture with digressive overlays.

The Eddies

Madsen Minax

16 min | United States | 2018

From above and below ground, a man named Eddie describes flood lines, levees and trivial histories of the crumbling infrastructure of Memphis, TN. In this same city, filmmaker Madsen Minax, a recent transsexual transplant, watches war films and contemplates masculine connectivity as he attempts to reimagine the South. He posts a Craigslist advertisement asking men to masturbate on-camera with their firearms. He receives a single response from a man who’s name is also Eddie.

Atlantic Is a Sea of Bones


7 min | United States | 2017

Atlantic is a Sea of Bones is a short film drawing from the Lucille Clifton poem of the same name that follows Egyptt LaBejia, a NYC based performer through the 80s, 90s, and 2000’s in NYC. The haunting and otherworldly, the film is set to an original score by Geo Wythe and features small everyday acts of refusal, resistance, and existence—such as performance and self expression—that have a tremendous impact on the world.

Swarm of Selenium

Maude Matton & SJ Rahatoka

23 min | Canada / Germany | 2017

In the surreal dystopian present, two queer feminist crews cohabit the shells of an abandoned malt factory. As shattered glass begins to emerge from their mouths, all are shaken, but some are hit harder than others. Through dance, visual work, and anti-work, they merge forces to try to care for one another and combat the insidious, violent process which seems to increasingly come from within.

72 min