Dirty Looks, which hosts monthly screenings of queer film and video around New York, just released details of its On Location festival, which will bring film presentations to a different venue each day of July. It looks like it will really be something.
Among the events on tap are Merce Cunningham’s Variations V on the High Line, A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner’s Community Action Center (created with Fire Island Artist Residency) at the Cherry Grove Community House on Fire Island, N.Y., and Ken Jacobs’s Star Spangled to Death at Spectacle in Williamsburg.
Last July, Dirty Looks, a roving screening series of new and old LGBT films and videos, organized a festival called “Dirty Looks: On Location” at a variety of venues throughout the city with current or former connections to queer communities. There was one screening each night of the month at places like Participant Inc.—a former S&M club—and Westway, a former strip club and home to the weekly WestGay party. Lots of great stuff, in other words.
The “Dirty Looks” queer film series, which has been screening adventurous fare roughly once a month for about the past year, is planning to go big this summer, staging a festival call “Dirty Looks: On Location” that will span all of July. Over its 31 days, more than 30 artists’ works will be screened at a variety of locales around town, including many bars, clubs and theaters that have been vital centers for New York’s gay communities over the years.