Making Queer Histories
February 9, 2009, 6-8pm
Timken Lecture Hall
San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th & Wisconsin St.)

Cheryl Dunye, Rob Epstein, and Susan Stryker
Moderated by Julian Carter

California College of the Arts, Timken Lecture Hall, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107

Making Queer Histories brings together noted filmmakers, critics, and scholars to discuss how and why they use history as a medium for their creative and activist goals.

Cheryl Dunye is a director, screenwriter, and filmmaker whose work explores issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Dunye’s films include She Don't Fade (1991), Vanilla Sex (1992), Greetings from Africa (1994), The Watermelon Woman (1996), Stranger Inside (2000), and My Baby’s Daddy (2003). Her works have been included in the Whitney Biennial and screened at festivals in New York, London, Tokyo, Cape Town, Amsterdam and Sydney.

Rob Epstein is a two-time Academy Award–winning independent filmmaker, director, producer, writer and editor whose projects include The Times of Harvey Milk (1984), Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989), The Celluloid Closet (1995) and Paragraph 175 (2000). His work has been widely screened and engages discourses around critical moments for queer communities throughout history. The International Documentary Association recently named him the 2008 Pioneer Award winner.

Susan Stryker is an internationally recognized independent scholar of sexuality and gender. She is author of Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (1996), Queer Pulp (2001), The Transgender Studies Reader (2006) and co-wrote, directed and produced Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005).

Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts brings together locally and nationally renowned artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars for a series of conversations to discuss a broad range of LGBTQI topics in the humanities and the arts.

Sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center and the following programs at the California College of the Arts: Critical Studies, Visual Studies, the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies, and the Office of the Provost.

Cheryl Dunye Cheryl Dunye
Cheryl Dunye with DVD menu of short films Cheryl Dunye screening short film
Rob Epstein Rob Epstein
Rob Epstein screening clip from "Word is Out." Rob Epstein screening clip from "Common Threads."
Susan Stryker Susan Stryker screening clip from "Screaming Queens."
Susan Stryker, Rob Epstein, and Cheryl Dunye Susan Stryker, Rob Epstein, and Cheryl Dunye

Video stills: Rudy Lemcke