On October 22nd, join L.M.N.O.P. for a LIVE VJ performance featuring ten contributors describing pivotal queer experiences of watching a film or TV show and clips from the films that impacted them. Stay for a discussion with the local participants.
Throughout the duration of Circa 2023, visitors can listen to the audio files on their phone via a QR code exhibited as digital "shelf talkers" nestled within the video store collection at Whammy! Analog Media.
This program may not be suitable for all ages.
About the Contributors:
Anna Margarita Albelo is a Cuban-American writer, director and 2020 Spirit Award nominated producer with 20+ years of experience working in the entertainment industry in the US and France. She has been a regular collaborator for French network Canal+ writing and directing broadcast documentaries and shorts, has worked as a TV development writer for show runner Dmitry Lipkin (HBO, FX) from 2014-2018, and creates work with with her company, Burning Bra Productions.
Yasmin Almanaseer is a Black and Arab-American television writer who came up as an assistant on iconic sapphic shows like Orange Is The New Black and GLOW. When they aren’t writing, Yasmin is usually climbing rocks in the Santa Monica mountains or at home doing some good old-fashioned yearning.
Luka Fisher is a queer woman of the trans experience. She is an artist, composer and cultural producer known for her work with queer musicians and performance artists. Her music has been featured on compilations from Delusional Records, Springstoff, Dublab, and Silber Records. She served as an associate producer and actress in Lyle Kash’s majority trans cast and crew feature film Death and Bowling. Most recently she has been the producer and music supervisor for “The Lovers” a queer web series by Daviel Shy.
Martine McDonald is a writer, a film educator & curator, founder of Practice.Wonder, an organization that celebrates and advocates for the freedom of wonder in underrepresented childhoods across television and film, and the Director of Artist Development at Outfest.
Irene (Your Muther) is a DJ and event producer, spinning at queer clubs and pop ups in multiple cities, co-running seasonal sell-out events like Club Mercy LA, and LezCroix, and producing epic events like the 2023 Queerly Beloveds pride party with Courtney Trouble, Bettie Bondage and PEACHES.
Naz Riahi is a filmmaker, writer and artist. Her honors include Filmmaker Mag’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film, Vimeo Best of the Year award, NoBudge Film of the Year. Her essay, I Am Iran’s Daughter, was published in Harper’s Baazar in 2022 and has circulated widely since. She recently wrote and performed, “Loving Michael” with Sorority theater at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary.
Irene Soriano is an independent film curator, arts producer, writer, and festival programmer. She was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow, a Film Independent/Project Involve programming fellow, and founded LA’s first Asian Pacific American literary reading series. She has recently been a programmer for Outfest (2022) Sundance (2023), and the forthcoming 2023 American Film Institute (AFI) film festival.
Fawzy Taylor is a Trans writer, bookseller and abolitionist. they have been published in Ginger, the Yahara journal, and John Jay's finest. they're online at @heyfawzy
Valarie Walker became a celesbian in 1996 as Tamara in Cheryl Dunye’s Watermelon Woman. In addition to being an actress, she is an educator, writer, and storyteller. She is the winner of several Moth Story Slams, and the creator of the Lesbian Coloring Book.
Veronika Jane Wyman is a Texas-raised audio engineer, producer, songwriter, and visual artist @notyourbiiiiiich releasing records alongside a spectrum of club, dance, rap, and pop artists.
As part of ONE Archives Foundation’s 2023 Circa: Queer Histories Festival Whammy! hosts three screenings and one expanded cinema performance piece on the 14th, 17th, 18th and 22nd.