Idle Cosmopolitan, Available Now in 20 Short Parts
A ghost story about the Queer World and a relationship advice writer. The piece is very DIY and was made in community and tandem with a lot of trans folks including trans poets Simon Simone Defeo and Prairie M Faul as well as a staffer (Stella Shaffer) for Trans Life Line. This communal effort is a big part of my artist practice and I think shows in the result. On paper the series is about a relationship writer confronting ideas of heteropatriarchy and their own feelings on love who ends up going into "the Queer World" and exploring a sort of mythology that deals with ideas of homonormativity, love, ghosts, and fate. The piece was financed by Artless Media, a film company run out of California by Russell Sheaffer and co-stars Annie Magan, Ben Douglas, Marie Richardson, Milly Cai, and Molly Soda. I could get really poetic here and discuss going to bodegas to get seltzer water, but this is in the words of a Julie 83, "a queer anti-pastoral" or in the words of Les Duffield, "all the mystique of a forest bath without any of the excessive veneer of a promise of transcendence". Religious PhD Student Josie Wenig notes the parallels of "queer monasticism/queer baptisms" in this tweet. This is all a fancy way to say, gender is abstract, spirituality is fluid. See the full cast in crew via the credits, which feature everyone's pronouns at the time of making.
Watch now at Glo Worm Press.