Fringe! are excited to welcome back festival alumni Liz Rosenfeld for a special event at The Cinema Museum in two parts, featuring a new film made during her recent Goethe at Lux residency alongside a curated programme of works from the LUX film archive based on research on her forthcoming feature film FOXES. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Liz Rosenfeld. A selection of works will be shown on 16mm.
On 28th January 2018 at 6pm at The Cinema Museum first of Fringes pop up two part screening for 2018.
PART ONE: Queer Ecologies
Selected from the LUX Moving Image archive during her 2017 Summer Residency, Rosenfeld looked to these experimental works for inspiration regarding her own research towards her first feature length film, FOXES. FOXES is a queer- feminist speculative fiction narrative which follows Ruby, a 16- year old girl who is part of the last generation of humans, and coming out in the wake of a global energy crisis where foxes are the only mammals that are mysteriously still able to procreate. This screening is part of Rosenfeld's two-year creative body of research regarding themes in FOXES consisting of performances, expanded cinema works, short films/ videos, curated programs, interviews and 2D- works.
PART TWO: Companions
During a three month residency serving as the Goethe at LUX Artist in Residence, Liz Rosenfeld created a new filmic work entitled, Fuck Tree. After spending time in the LUX film archive, Liz came across Luther Price‘s film, Sodom (1989.) At the time of its completion, Sodom was questioned for its depiction of the AIDS Crisis and reflections on ‘pre- AIDS’ gay culture. After extensive research into the history, methodology and imagery of Sodom, Liz decided to create a new film which portrays an infamous tree in the cruising area of Hampstead Heath and reflects on her own questions relating to queer historical public space and shifting ecologies. Taking from Luther Price's methodologies of eroding film, Rosenfeld buried parts of her original print in the LUX Garden and also soaked it in her own cum. Together, Rosenfeld considers these works to address questions dealing with queer dystopia, a positive embrace of apocalypse, invisible genocide, while drawing parallels between the way information was publicly disseminated in the early days of the AIDS/ HIV crisis, and the current spread of information about climate change and environmental destruction. She has made Fuck Tree as a companion piece to Sodom, specifying that it can only ever be screened publicly alongside Luther Price’s film.
Since 2011, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest has been an entirely volunteer-run organisation rooted in London's queer creative scene. In Novembers, and throughout the year, we showcase an eclectic mix of films, arts and events celebrating LGBTIQA+ stories from around the world, welcoming everybody.
Fringe! started in 2011 as a community response to arts cuts carnage, and since then we’ve ‘expanded exponentially to become one of the most innovative and exciting festivals on the circuit.’(Londonist)
From feature films to experimental installations, workshops and lively debates to wild parties, Fringe! hosts a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. You'll see us flooding East London's cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs with the powerful, provocative and strange.
As we continue to develop and our Fringe! family continues to grow, some things stay the same: a lot of our screenings and events are free or affordable, we remain open to new voices and ideas, and we’ll always be queer: celebratory but critical as hell.
Fringe! returns in 2018 to venues across East London
Official submissions re-open soon, or send your film to firstname.lastname@example.org