The first film programme, New Queer Visions: Don’t Look Back In Anger on January 13th at 6pm at Moth Club, is a selection of tales that looks at the nature of hate and positivity, with touching stories about queer characters dealing with ups, downs, and everything in between. This is accompanied by, New Queer Visions: Medium Rare on January 21st at 4:50pm at ICA, another film programme of medium length shorts exploring the mixed-up minds of impressionable young men.
Also programmed is Radical Softness Through A Haptic Lens: Barbara Hammer & Chick Strand, a retrospective of the works of Barbara Hammer, a feminist filmmaker and one of the pioneers of lesbian film, as well as the avant-garde documentary filmmaker, Chick Strand. The films examine the idea of ‘radical softness’, the power that can be found in being both abrasively feminine and openly vulnerable, through a soft and kinesthetic style of filmmaking. Following rare screenings of Superdyke and Soft Fictions, there will be a Skype Q&A with the legendary Barbara Hammer. That takes place on Saturday January 13th at 4pm at ICA,
In association with MUBI there will be Cruelty and Crime: Chris Kraus on Thurs 18 Jan, 8:30pm at ICA, a showcase of the key works of American writer Chris Kraus; from feminist readings of Antonin Artaud to Cold War sleeper agents, via dominatrices and New York City crime scenes. Another LGBTQ highlight will be 2007’s Tearoom, a reworked and re-presented collection of 1962 police footage documenting men cruising in a public toilet by William E Jones. Prior to the screening London Short Film Festival will also be showcasing Robert Yang’s game The Tearoom, a cruising simulation made in direct response to the film. This will take place on January 21st at 1pm at ICA.
You can find out more about the full London Short Film Festival programme on the official website.