GRRRLS ON FILM!

GRRRLS ON FILM! celebrates the work of women, trans people, and genderqueer filmmakers, writers, performers, and other creators, especially but not exclusively those whose work has been influential to or stems from riot grrrl and queercore movements. the series is held by page 22’s page poetry salon (curated by lee ann brown) in the former home of geraldine page at 435 W. 22nd St. in Manhattan. for ten consecutive weeks, GRRRLS ON FILM! meets Thursday nights, doors at 8pm. the night will begin with the salon and end with the screening. audience space is limited and dependent on rsvp. to do so, please send an email to grrrlsonfilm@gmail.com, and feel free to let us know now which nights you’d like to attend as we have rsvp lists going for the whole series. all events are free and open to those that rsvp first, but for those that are able to do so, a suggested donation of $10 would really help cover all the costs incurred in putting this event together. we will supply some food and/or drinks every week but suggest everyone BYOB and/or bring something to share!

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Amanda Jacobsen’s New Video Kicks Ass (and she does too)

Amanda Jacobsen really impressed me with this one.
It will impress you too.
Hopefully enough for you to hire her to make something for you, or for you to give her money to make something for herself.
Happy Birthday Talya and happy Friday to everyone else.
It’s hot as shit outside.
Go fall asleep under a tree somewhere.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 4.26.2010

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 26, 2010.
Featuring works by Daniel Clifton, Talya Epstein with JT Ross, and Kelly Bond.

trying out some things i have been interested in
Choreographed and preformed by Daniel Clifton
Music by Franz Schubert and Daniel Clifton
Words by Daniel Clifton

Daniel Clifton is from Niceville, FL where he spent many years writing music and playing in bands. He works or has worked with Tere O’Connor, Martha Clarke, Nicholas Leichter, Julia Ritter, Tony Jones, Tunga, Pam Ann, and the New York Historical Society. He has taught at the ADF, Hollins University, KDF, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College, and UNCSA. Clifton earned his MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF and his BFA in Dance from Florida State University. For more info check out http://www.danielclifton.org

In Syndication
Created and performed by Talya Epstein and JT Ross

Talya Epstein and JT Ross met at The Boston Conservatory in 2004. Talya was studying dance and JT was studying theater; Talya still wore hippie skirts and JT still sang showtunes. JT introduced Talya to spicy food and music that isn’t played on the radio. Talya introduced JT to trees and plain-spoken honesty. They used to share a bed, but that hasn’t happened for a while…and won’t…ever again. Though they both approach making work differently, they have similar artistic values and thus decided to create something together. What you will see tonight is the beginning of their first collaboration. JT is an aspiring theatrical director and writes for us at minorprogression.com as broken brooklyn. Talya is currently dancing with Melinda Ring/Special Projects.

Untitled work-in-progress (formerly Past science-fiction/Future autobiography)
Choreographed by Kelly Bond
Performed by Kelly Bond, Lillian Cho, Melissa Krodman, and Carrie Monger

Originally from Mississippi, Kelly Bond is a DC-based choreographer and performing artist. Her most recent work includes the currently untitled work-in-progress, which will premiere in this summer’s Capital Fringe Festival, and her solo work, Splitting the Difference (2009). In 2009, Kelly co-curated the In-Presentable Festival in Madrid with the other members of 6MONTHS1LOCATION-an artistic, educational, and social experiment which incorporated the program ex.e.r.ce 08 and took place at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier in 2008. She holds an MA in European dance-theatre practice from Laban in London which she attended as a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar. She also has a BFA in dance performance and choreography and a BA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. Kelly was a 2009 Young Emerging Artist of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and is currently an artist with the Dance/Metro DC pilot program, Forward Five.

Game on: Talya Epstein’s showgame

I have admired Talya Epstein’s work since I was first exposed to it back in Boston. Talya was a student of the Boston Conservatory‘s dance department while I was enrolled as a theater major there. We quickly became friends due to our similar interests and common feelings of social unrest. Though she grew up in New England and I grew up clear on the other side of the country, our quick disenchantment with the city of our residency became a basis for our bond and we learned to rely on each other for support, inspiration and a balancing of sanity. Now that we both live in New York City, very little has changed in terms of our relationship towards one another. The city we are in is a different one and our problems with it differ from those of Boston, but our friendship and communication in relationship to all things art and life (life and art?) still come from the same place, even if they now they have grown into something larger and rarer.

Talya as an artist and Talya as a person are obviously two different things, though Talya comes closer than anyone I have ever met to merging both beings as one. There is no hypocrisy that flows from the art she makes into the life that she lives. Some things are more exaggerated, stranger or more whimsical in her work as an artist, but these are factors that are not unusual in terms of art vs. life.

Talya’s newest work, showgame, which premiers this Thursday and Friday at “The Tank” in Manhattan is unquestionably her best work yet. Having the privilege of seeing her process grow over the years and watching showgame progress over the course of its evolution have been some of the more satisfying artistic indulgences of my life, though I must make it clear I do not simply say this because Talya is my friend. From the very beginning of her time in my life, Talya has been an original. I have yet to meet anyone who thinks as outside of the box as Talya does, and this quality is seen more and more clearly through the work that she makes. showgame, is no exception.

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