FEATURED: RIOT ACTS: FLAUNTING GENDER DEVIANCE IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Riot Acts is a transfabulous rockumentary representing the whole lives of transgender and gender variant musicians, through a first-hand perspective of the intersections between gender performance and stage performance. This feature-length documentary highlights issues crucial to interviewees such as songwriting, voice presentation, presenting a body or bodies on stage, audiences, venues, the idea of the spectacle, media representation, performing gender and notions about ‘drag,’ and the personal as political. The film culminates with the notions that identities and bodies are undeniably political, and the the trans experience isn’t always one of tragedy, but one of creativity and joy.
FEATURED: MIGRATION OF BEAUTY
A clip from the documentary film Migration of Beauty. Migration of Beauty was recently previewed in the 2009 African Diaspora International Film Festival and has been accepted into the 2010 International Film Festival Egypt and the 2010 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. This particular clip shows how the Ethiopian opposition party was greeted by the Diaspora in the U.S. after they were released from prison. Soundtrack by Gabriele Bazzi Berneri, Media Art by Quinticom and sound engineering by Drew Kennedy. Written and directed by Chris Flaherty.
FEATURED: ORA E. ANDERSON: THE SOUL OF THE WOODS
Naturalist Ora Anderson was passionate about conservation long before global warming became a household phrase. His dedication to preserving the natural beauty of Appalachian Ohio dated back to the 1930s when he was a young reporter and editor covering the establishment of the Wayne National Forest. Over the next seven decades, Anderson was a tireless advocate for conservation in this region. He became the president of the Ohio Forestry Association and chairman of the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, among other things. He was also a keen observer of nature, authoring several essays and poems and carving replications of the birds he saw. Shortly before his death, he narrated a documentary on the history of the Wayne National Forest. He was posthumously inducted into the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Hall of Fame, which is the states highest conservation honor.