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March 6, 2017 – Lady Participate 011
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Justine Williams is a performer-creator and conceiver of Queer Scouts, an intergenerational scout troupe and civic performance project that takes up the history and praxes of the Boy and Girl Scouts, re-imagined though collective performance practice. The above still is from Queer Scouts: Preparedness Practice, a window installation of performance videos exploring queer survival practices for the Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art, January 2017

Name: Justine Williams    ::    Occupation: Creator-Performer, Educator  ::   Age: 40   ::   City: Brooklyn    ::    Astrological sign: Cancer (sun), Aries (moon), Aquarius (rising)

First gig: In 6th grade, I organized two big events: a protest outside my elementary school to speak out about poor teacher contracts and a community dance in the local town hall called, My First Dance. My work as an artist-activist is still some combo of these two things. This all went down before the internet, so organizing them involved elaborate phone trees and hand-made paper invitations.

To cope with a long commute: Audiobooks of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Most important failure: Throwing out my back while working on a durational performance project that involved moving large pieces of lumber around for 4 hours. Self-care is important!

Personal role model: Grace Lee Boggs (June 27, 1915 – October 5, 2015), Chinese-American, Detroit-based social activist, writer, philosopher "The time has come for us to reimagine everything. We have to reimagine work and go away from labor. We have to reimagine revolution and get beyond protest. We have to think not only about change in our institutions, but changes in ourselves. We are at the stage where the people in charge of the government and industry are running around like chickens with their heads cut off. It’s up to us to reimagine the alternatives and not just protest against them and expect them to do better." READ: http://www.reimaginerpe.org/19-2/boggs

Best thing you ever made: Maybe not my best, but probably my favorite - I created a surreal theater-cum-cinema inside an ordinary box truck called the David Lunch Movie Truck. We had real movie seats, concessions like severed chocolate ears and blue velvet cupcakes, and we showed newly unearthed, found film footage from David Lunch’s secret vaults.

The future: radical empathy, rage baking, living off the grid, local action, a sense of humor

What's next: More Queer Scouts. We’re recruiting

Ladies we should know: Here’s a few gems: Erin Markey, Adaku Utah, Toshi Reagon, Ala Dehghan

 

This week is all about LADY-MADE-MOVIES!
ACROSS THE US
Before I Fall 
Dir. Ry Russo-Young
A United Kingdom 
Dir. Amma Asante
Kedi
Dir. Ceyda Torun
Everybody Loves Somebody 
Dir. Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Toni Erdmann
Dir. Maren Ade
Lovesong
Dir. So Yong Kim
The Lure 
Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska
Fair Haven 
Dir. Kerstin Karlhuber
Uncertain 
Dir. Anna Sandilands & Ewan McNicol
Nakom 
Dir. T.W. Pittman & Kelly Daniela Norris
LOS ANGELES
LAS DECISIONES FORMALES: SUPER 8 FILMS BY MELISA ALLER 
Echo Park Film Center: 1200 N. Alvarado St. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Wednesday, March 8, 8:00pm
THE LOVE WITCH (ANNA BILLER, 2016)
Aero Theatre: 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Thursday, March 9, 7:30pm
RAW (JULIA DUCOURNAU, 2017)
Nuart Theatre: 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles, CA, 90025
Opens Friday, March 10th
ARRAY @ THE BROAD: BLACK GIRL
REDCAT: 631 W 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Saturday, March 11, 8:00 pm
NEW YORK CITY
Anthology Film Archives is having the first ever...
NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK, March 7–March 12

NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK: PROGRAM 1: DISMANTLING ISLAMOPHOBIA
March 7 at 7:30pm
NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK: PROGRAM 2: BODIES (International Women’s Day)
March 8 at 6:30pm
NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK: PROGRAM 3: TRANS/ACTION (International Women’s Day)
March 8 at 9:00pm
NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK: PROGRAM 4: ECOFEMINISMS
March 9 at 7:30pm
NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK: PROGRAM 5: FEMINIST FILM GENEALOGIES
March 10 at 7:30pm
NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK: PROGRAM 6: FEMINIST FILM GENEALOGIES ROUNDTABLE
March 11 at 5:00pm
NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK: PROGRAM 7: HOMAGE TO BARBARA HAMMER
March 11 at 7:30pm
NEW YORK FEMINIST FILM WEEK: PROGRAM 8: ANIMATING FEMINISMS
March 12 at 7:30pm
Thanks for participating! See you on Thursday for Sharon Madanes.
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