Sunday, February 23


Queer Pilots from OTV

Aymar Jean Christian (Founder of OTV)

@ VORTEX (Main): 1:00pm-2:30pm

Where are the bad black queers? Corporate television is seeing a rise of black & queer representation, but in their efforts to avoid negative stereotypes, Hollywood is sanitizing black queer representation. Unlike the mainstream space, OTV | Open Television, a Chicago-based online platform for indie and intersectional TV, lets artists tell the stories they want. The result is a wide range of stories featuring complex black women, men, trans and non-binary people who are neither angels nor demons but humans trying to grow through trauma using sex, joy and intentional provocation. Featuring episodes of Hair Story (Aymar Jean Christian), The Roach Is Coming (Derrick Woods-Morrow), Femme Queen Chronicles (written, directed & brought to life by black trans women), Conspiracy Theorist (Kelechi Agwuncha) and Damaged Goods (Vincent Martell). 


Rotimi Agbabiaka. Directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe.

@ VORTEX (Tent): 3:00pm-4:00pm

What do you do when your Nigerian drag queen goddess instructs you to tell a new story? You summon your artistic ancestors (James Baldwin, Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Fela Kuti…) to help you craft a tale that’ll stem the rising tide of fascism. And you make sure your community is with you every step of the way. A call to arms, a spectacular reckoning, MANIFESTO is Rotimi Agbabiaka’s latest solo play, in which you the audience (and a cast of historical (s)heroes) will help a young artist create a manifesto for a 21st century theatre of liberation. We’re gonna speak, sing, and scream our way to an art form capable of taking on the unhinged forces of racist, fascist, capitalistic foolishness … and winning. Come prepared to take a stand.


Jennifer Reeder

@ VORTEX (Main): 4:00pm-5:30pm

Come delight in this devilish collection of shorts from one of the most outsider apples in the contemporary cinema orchard. A bold visionary and clever provocateur, Reeder has been wreaking glorious art havoc for years, from her early performance and video work as the decidedly indecorous “White Trash Girl” to her latest Lynch-esque feature film Knives and Skin (2018)—praised by Indiewire as one of the top twelve horror films directed by a woman in the past decade(!!), and screening at UT (details forthcoming).


Headlined by Pêdra Costa, Solange, tô aberta!

@ Sahara Lounge (1413 Webberville Rd.): 6:00pm-??

Pêdra Costa (1978) is a Brazilian Performance Artist and Anthropologist based in Berlin and working with queer artists internationally. Hers work is informed by the aesthetics of post-porn and an investigation about anti-colonial concepts.

Solange, tô aberta! (Solange, I’m open!), or STA! is a concert of Baile Funk Queer Punk, that exists since 2006. Mixing and embodying underground countercultures, it uses the Baile Funk (from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro-Brazil) as an artistic tool of resistance and politics, promoting a dancing explosion.

Also featuring Siri Gurudev, DJ Rob Fatal of TechnoTihuacan, and more!

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