Wu-Tsang-webJoin the LGBTQ Studies Program for a free screening of the award-winning film Wildness, followed by a discussion with the director, Wu Tsang.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Location: ATLAS 102  
(Free and open to the public)

Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, Wildness is a documentary portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park area that has been home for Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party (organized by director Wu Tsang and DJs NGUZUNGUZU & Total Freedom) called Wildness, which explodes into creativity and conflict. What does “safe space” mean, and who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.

Wildness has been shown at MOMA Documentary Fortnight (New York, NY), SXSW (Austin, TX), Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada), SANFIC8 (Santiago, Chile), and Morelia IFF (Michoacán, México), and the film won the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary at Outfest 2012. Tsang has participated in a number of prominent venues, including the Whitney Biennial and the New Museum Triennial. In 2012, Filmmaker Magazine named Tsang as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Learn more at http://www.wildnessmovie.com/

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, Department of Ethnic Studies, Film Studies Program, GLBTQ Resource Center, Women and Gender Studies Program, and with support from a Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities grant from the Center for Humanities and the Arts.