465 So. Van Ness @ 16th St
San Francisco, California 94110

Please join us in the 5th Down N Dirty, Behind the Scenes of Queer Filmmakers as we feature JUSTIN KELLY.
WHEN: Saturday August 19, 2006
WHERE: Femina Potens Gallery, 465 S. Van Ness btwn 15 &16th streets
SHOWTIME: doors at 7:30 pm / show 8pm
TICKETS: $5-10 sliding scale no one turned away for lack of funds.
INFO: www.feminapotens.com / (415) 217-9340

Wheel Chair Accessible

Femina Potens Gallery showcases its innovative monthly film series Down & Dirty: the Intimate World of Queer Filmmaking Saturday, August 19, 2006, featuring selected shorts from queer filmmaker Justin Kelly.

The ongoing series features film and dialogue with Bay Area Queer Filmmakers as part of Femina Potens 2006 Film Screenings, this new series is programmed by guest curator, and local filmmaker Shani Heckman. Celebrate and promote local queer, trans, and women video artists as we feature intimate and interactive conversations with local filmmakers, a shot-by-shot analysis of their filmmaking process, stories from behind the scenes, and the inside scoop on San Francisco's filmmaking community each film is followed by an intimate Q&A with the audience. Award-winning filmmaker Justin Kelly's films glow from brilliant color and outstanding use of light. A team-builder his music videos have been major community collaborations for the San Francisco punk rock queer music scene, exposing bands like The Floating Corpses, Veronica Lipgloss and the Evil Eyes and Hey Willpower to a new film-going audience. Also an actor he can be seen as Lenin's boy in the upcoming local film "Maggots and Men".

Justin Kelly grew up in a lovely suburb called Canyon Country where he began making short films in high school. After working on productions in Los Angeles for a few years he moved to San Francisco to complete film school once and for all. Not terribly excited by the in-class exercises, he began directing music videos on the side before completing a few short films, one of which, "Debris," has just begun its stroll on the festival circuit. He's currently in post-production on his [years in the making] thesis film "Front."



"Double Fantasy II" music video for Hey Willpower (2004) —best music video at the 2004 New Langton Music Video Awards.
"Sharecropping" music videos for Mutilated Mannequins (2004)
"Strip Mall Glass" music video for Veronica Lipgloss & the Evil Eyes (2005)
"Debris" short 16mm film (2006)—best experimental short at the Flaming Film Festival
"Front" short super16mm film (2006)—in post

Shani Heckman, Guest Curator is a long-time activist, publicist and creator of Shanestar Productions, winner of the Best of the Bay by SF Weekly in 2006 and recipient of the Film Arts Foundation's STAND grant for first time film directors in 2003. She has curated popular short film screenings for the past three years. Her recent short doc "Wrong Bathroom" won the Best Local Voice award at the San Francisco International Women's Film Festival this past summer and is currently touring the festival circuit. www.shanestar.org

Femina Potens is a nationally recognized art gallery and performance space dedicated to the advancement of women and trans-folk through art and winner of the San Francisco's Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay, 2006. Sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center, with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Femina Potens is one of the leading queer organizations in San Francisco. Femina Potens has been featured on the Australian television show, Out and About, Q-Television, the documentary TranArchy, Japan's Foil Magazine, Bitch Magazine, and the San Francisco Guardian, which called Femina Potens a crucial bit of justice.

Official Website: http://www.feminapotens.com

Added by shani Heckman on August 3, 2006