Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg
Made in collaboration with Chris Vargas, Falling In Love… is a situation comedy about a gay odd couple: one liberal, one radical; one transgender, one not. They don’t have a whole lot in common, but somehow they manage…
Episode 1: “O Canada!” (2008, 17 min., color, DV)
“A Special Election PSA” (2008, 3 min., color, DV)
Episode 2: “Road Trip! TV Special” (2008, 22 min., color, DV)
“Hair Breakdown Special!” (2009, 4 min., color, DV)
Episode 3: “Food!” (2010, 26 min., color, DV)
“Oh La La! Paris Special” (2010, 10 min., color, DV)
“Work of Art! Reality TV Special” (2012, 14 min., color, DV)
“A Special Holiday Message from Chris and Greg” (2012, 6 min., color, DV)
“Cheesecake and Memories” (2013, 20 min., color, DV)
There are nine episodes and installments in the series. Most of them can be viewed on the project web site, which also has links to press and a full list of screenings and awards: www.fallinginlovewithchrisandgreg.com
In June 2013, we wrapped up the series with our finale, “Cheesecake and Memories,” which was also our fond farewell to the Bay Area. The final video was on view throughout 2013 and 2014 as part of the touring Strange Bedfellows exhibition, organized by Amy Cancelmo.
Valencia: The Movie/s
Chris Vargas and I also contributed to Valencia, an omnibus film based on Michelle Tea’s 2000 novel of the same name. Headed by Michelle and producer/filmmaker Clement Goldberg, the project brought together twenty-one queer filmmakers who each contributed a 5-7 minute short based on a chapter from the book. Participating filmmakers included Cary Cronenwett, Cheryl Dunye, Silas Howard, Michelle Lawler, Samuel Topiary, and Courtney Trouble.
Chris and I contributed Chapter 20 to the film. Our video uses revoiced found footage and DIY visual effects to “cast” Angelina Jolie as Michelle, reusing footage from her many iconic crypto-dyke roles of the mid-1990s: Gia, Foxfire, Girl Interrupted, and Hackers.
The film premiered in June 2013 at Frameline 37: the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and toured other festivals throughout 2013 and 2014. The film won the Jury Award for Best Experimental Feature at the POLARI26 festival in Austin in 2013 and the Golden Reel Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at Reeling 31: Chicago LGBT International Film Festival in 2014.