Trendsetting Filmmaker Matthew Mishory will be screening his film as part of  GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2010 Film Screening 1 @ Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA / Box Office: 020 7613 7498 /£8.50, £6 Cons Thurs 11 Nov @ 7.30PM and Sat 13 Nov @ 9.30PM

More info on: http://gaywisefestival.org.uk/filmscreening.php

A chat with Matthew:

What are you doing right now?

I wrote and am directing a feature film, JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN.  I also continue to travel with DELPHINIUM and present the project at film festivals and galleries around the world.  In addition to GFEST, we are excited to announce upcoming premieres in Berlin, Paris, and Hamburg.

Matthew Mishory

How do you see your own films?

I look to make films that are both aesthetically innovative and socially progressive.  Usually, they are outsider stories.

How relevant is your work or practice today to be a part of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or queer art work?

“Queer” is the operative word, because I work from an outsider perspective.  Through DELPHINIUM and my current project, JOSHUA TREE, 1951, I am dealing in particular with the stigma related to identity and difference.  In a diverse and increasingly small, transparent, and interconnected world, this issue of stigma may be the most important.  At a macro level, humanity’s fundamental failure to accept difference will indeed be its unraveling.  Queer artists have a real opportunity to speak out on this issue.

Tell us about your reasons for presenting your work as part of GFEST 2010?

I hope GFEST will be an opportunity for artists to come together, virtually or in person, to talk about “the big issues,” with art framing that discussion.

Matthew Mishory

Re. the “Art vs. Sexuality” debate?

Of course, art is art is art, whether it comes from a queer perspective or otherwise.  But it is also undeniably true that queer people are a minority and always will be.  A minority perspective is inherently different from that of the majority, and art exists to express such points of view.  It is entirely possibly to create art of interest to the general public but still rooted in a queer perspective.  And it is vitally important to do so at a time when civil rights and liberties are under attack or, in the case of most of the world, not even a glimmer of a hope.  So long as queerness carries with it a stigma, queer people must be adamant in expressing themselves.

How do you fund your films?

By any means available.

How do you publicise or market your work?

In this sense, I think we have been successful.  Internet social media has really helped.  I would encourage other artists to focus their efforts there.

How would you like yourself to be known?

I would like each piece to speak for itself.

How do you see tomorrow’s ‘gay or queer art’ scene?

Take creative risks again!  New Queer Cinema has given way to the bland romantic comedy, but the situation on the ground for queer youth in the most of the world and much of the United States has changed very little.  And then there’s the overall political situation.  In my country, billions for war and none for public health care.  It’s a time for loud minority voices.  Endeavor to be dangerous.  Endeavor to be angry.

A single wish ?

A few minutes of your time to watch a film about an artist whose life, work, and activist really inspires me and, I believe, will inspire you too.

Thank you Matthew & best wishes from GFEST

Now in its fourth year, GFEST is supported by the Mayor of London, dignitaries, Ministers and MPs from all the leading parties, various London boroughs and Arts Council England.

GFEST2010 showreel on YouTube

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GFEST 2010  images on  http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST

GFEST 2010 Short Films: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624995610876/

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More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) web: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

GFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar

WISE THOUGHTS is an arts charity that organises GFEST – Gaywise FESTival  in venues across London.
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