Cinema Conversación LGBTQ*: Sian Williams
Screening & Artist Talk
For the third edition of the Cinema Conversación LGBTQ* series of screenings/artist’s talks, taking place December 14th 2018, SomoS presents the cinematic poem Church & Other Dirty Words by Sian Williams: A queer-feminist take on adapting Brad Cohen’s queer poetry to the screen.
Cinema Conversación brings the audience in direct dialogue with artists and filmmakers, thus creating a platform where thoughts and experiences can be shared freely and where the usual separation between spectator and artist is lifted.
The program series deliberately focuses on LGBTQ* experiences and facilitates an ongoing discussion about feelings, desires, issues, goals, and social, political, and artistic positions of LGBTQ* individuals and communities. Besides the thematic focus, Cinema Conversación is also a platform to challenge and question the rigid boundaries of film and cinema, to expand on the idea of what the cinematic arts could mean, and to experiment with the wide range of genres and artistic practices involved in moving image-based productions.
Church & Other Dirty Words
In Church & Other Dirty Words, Sian Williams adapts a collection of queer poetry of the same title by Brad Cohen to the silver screen. From ISIS and gay conversion therapy to feminism and the male gaze to toxic masculinity, femme-shaming and blurred gender lines– the collection extensively discusses many issues the LGBTQ+ culture is faced with today.
Queer sensibilities and desires saturate this piece which at the same time profoundly comments on the hegemonic environment in which these queer feelings find a way to blossom. Eight different poems provide the basis of as many short films constituting this omnibus journey into the realm of queer poetry and queer love.
About Sian Williams
Sian Williams studies Film & Philosophy at King’s College London. She has highly been influenced by the concept of guerilla filmmaking. Her artistic practice revolves around issues regarding the LGBTQ* community, feminism, and gender politics. Her signature experimental style has been described as ‘eerie’, ‘psychedelic’, and ‘intense’. Her works have been showed at BFI FLARE LGBTQ+ Festival, Leeds Queer Film Festival, Fringe Queer Arts Festival, Kaleidoscope LGBT Festival (USA), FEST (PT), and Equality Festival (UA), among others.
The screening of the film is followed by an open discussion with director and performer Sian Williams, performers Danny Polaris, Joseph Connolly, and Charlie Knight, and cinematographer Jayden Robinson.
– Friday, December 14th 2018, 7pm sharp, doors open 6:30pm
– SomoS Art House: Kottbusser Damm 95 (1. O.G.), 10967 Berlin, Germany (U8: Schönleinstraße)
– Everybody who is interested in fresh queer artistic positions and would like to engage in a conversation with the artist who presents their work.