QUEER|ART|FILM: Jeffrey Gibson Presents THE EXILES Monday, March 21st, 8pm EST at the IFC Center!
Queer|Art|Film returns this Winter at the IFC Center with a season curated by multidisciplinary filmmakers Angelo Madsen Minax and Mev Luna. For both artists, language and autoethnography play pivotal roles in their respective experimental documentary and visual art practices. As such, Minax and Luna have sought out presenters who are deeply invested in the intersection of the written word and visual culture.
Working across various mediums, presenters include T. Fleischmann,CAConrad, Jeffrey Gibson, Legacy Russell, and AnaÏs Duplan. This season considers: Can the narrative fictions that influenced us be an extension of lived experience? From a raunchy nightlife scene in Berlin portrayed in CITY OF LOST SOULS to the outskirts of West Texas in COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, to a boozy night spent wandering the streets of downtown LA till dawn in THE EXILES, or dreaming of an escape from Queens in BELLY, the protagonists in these films are all fleeing to another, different, “better” life elsewhere. Sometimes the longing is for an alternative physical place or state of mind. Other times, this yearning is steeped in fantasy. Together, this collection of films reveals that as much as we aspire and dream otherwise, there are cycles that pull us back. This month, artist Jeffrey Gibson presents Kent Mackenzie's THE EXILES.
WHAT: Jeffrey Gibson Presents THE EXILES WHEN: Monday, March 21st @ 8PM EST WHERE: IFC Center
THE EXILES 1961. 72 min. Directed by Kent Mackenzie.
Multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson presents THE EXILES, a 1960s anti-social documentary about a group of young urban native Americans who have left reservation life to live in Bunker Hill, Los Angeles. Shot in black and white, the film fluctuates between social and solitude as we follow the characters in and out of the noisy, bustling city with pit stops to quieter domestic spaces. Vignettes of daily life and nighttime gallivanting are punctured by interior monologues of each character reflecting on their intertwined lives. Using the form of a fiction film, and writing collaboratively with the performers who play themselves on screen, dir. Kent Mackenzie wanted to challenge conventional documentary to capture a more complex depiction.