Shifting Spaces: Queer Nightlife in the City: Fest at the Film Fest
In San Francisco, and internationally, just as L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ identities are seemingly becoming more accepted, cities are losing the queer bars that center women, trans folks, and people of color. This screening and party examine the social and political importance of these spaces, why they are constructed, and challenges us to reimagine new modes of building queer community space; while investigating the causes of attrition and the psychological dislocation it engenders. Co-presented by Still Here SF, Lexington Club Archival Project, and the GLBT Historical Society, this night will feature performances by Still Here artists, short films about the now closed Esta Noche and Lexington Club, a lively panel discussion, and DJ set by DJ Johnnycakes, who will take us through a journey of booty-shaking queer sounds and voices. So, you know, reminiscent of your best nights out at your neighborhood queer bar….
Fest at the Film Fest includes Film Screening, Performance, Panel Discussion, Light Dinner, & 2 Drink Tickets
Doors Open at 6:00 pm
Performance (6:30 pm – 7:00 pm)
“Still Here SF” brings together artists and community to explore the experiences of queer and trans individuals raised in San Francisco still living in San Francisco/Bay Area. Still Here’s narratives of queerness, coming out, sex, loss, AIDS/HIV, memory, legacy, and more stake a claim to San Francisco. They disrupt the assumption that everyone in San Francisco is from somewhere else and redefine the meaning of home, family, and identity in a “gay mecca.”
Films (7:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
“This Night, Who is Gonna Cry For You” (5 min, Dolissa Medina, 2014) – A tribute video to the Mission District’s now-closed Esta Noche nightclub, the last Latino gay bar in San Francisco.
“Eulogy For The Dyke Bar” (9 min, Macon Reed & Isabel Farrington, 2017) – A portrait of artist Macon Reed’s installation “Eulogy for the Dyke Bar” on its closing night.
“Never A Cover” (10m, Lauren Tabak & Susannah Smith, 2015) – Short documentary about the Lexington Club, San Francisco’s only Dyke/Queer bar that closed in 2015 after 18 years in business.
“YBCA 100: The Stud” (1 min, YBCA, 2017) – Short video highlights YBCA 100 winner, the Stud Collective.
Panel Discussion (7:30 pm – 8:15pm)
Moderator: Robin Abad, Urban Designer, SF Planning
Natalia Vigil, Co-Founder & Curator, Still Here SF
Lila Thirkield, Previous Owner of the Lexington Club, Co-Owner Virgil’s Sea Room
Susannah Smith, Filmmaker
Lauren Tabak, Filmmaker
Honey Mahogany, STUD Collective Founding Member, Activist, Drag Queen
Valentin Aguirre, Filmmaker “¡Viva16!”, Co-Chair Board of Directors GLBT Historical Society
Fest at the Film Fest (8:15 pm – 9:30 pm)
Mix and mingle as you enjoy DJ Johnnycakes, a catered light dinner and hosted bar serving beer and wine, against a back-drop of projection films that bring to life queer life in the city.
“That They” (11 m, Heather Smith, 2017) – A beautifully shot and quietly seductive queering of SF city streets.
“¡Viva 16!” (1994, Valentin Aguirre and Augie Robles) Excerpts the landmark film about the queer Latinx of the Mission from 1970’s-1990’s
Lexington Club Bathroom Portraits by Lauren Tabak & Susannah Smith
Historic footage of SF queer nightlife.
Refund Policy: Tickets are non-refundable
In This Program
Macon Reed & Isabel Farrington / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2017 / 9 minsA portrait of artist Macon Reed's installation "Eulogy for the Dyke Bar" on it's closing night.
Lauren Tabak & Susannah Smith / Featured Programs, Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2015 / 10 minsShort documentary about the Lexington Club, San Francisco’s only Dyke/Queer bar that closed in 2015 after 18 years in business.
Dolissa Medina / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2014 / 5 minsA tribute video to the Mission District's now-closed Esta Noche nightclub, the last Latino gay bar in San Francisco
YBCA / Films, SFUFF 2017, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2017 / 1 minsShort video highlights YBCA 100 winner, the Stud Collective.