Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

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    Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

    Directed by

    USA

    2017

    83 min

    • English

    Documentary

    What happens when the community you need is not the community you have? Tell yourself it exists over and over, make fan zines that fabricate hordes of queer punk revolutionaries, create subversive movies, and distribute those movies widely—and slowly, the community you’ve fabricated might become a real and radical heartbeat that spreads internationally. This is the story that QUEERCORE tells, from the start of a pseudo-movement in the mid-1980s, intended to punk the punk scene, to the widespread rise of artists who used radical queer identity to push back equally against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture. Interviewees discuss homophobia, gender, feminism, AIDS, assimilation, sex, and, of course, art. The extensive participant list includes Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters, Justin Vivian Bond, Lynn Breedlove, Silas Howard, Pansy Division, Penny Arcade, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Deke Elash, Tom Jennings, Team Dresch, and many more. Underscoring the interviews are clips from movies, zines, concerts, and actions iconic to the movement. As steeped in the radical queer, anti-capitalist, DIY, and give-no-fucks approach as queercore itself, the movie reveals the perspectives and experiences of bands, moviemakers, writers, and other outsiders, taking audiences inside the creation of the community—and art—so desperately needed by the same queers it encompassed.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    John Waters
    Beth Ditto
    Silas Howard
    Screenplay
    Yony Leyser
    Editing
    Kathrin Brinkmann
    Ilko Davidov
    Music
    Hyenaz
    Production
    DESIRE PRODUCTIONS GMBH
    Production
    TOTHO CMP GMBH
    Sales
    CAT&DOCS
    Yony Leyser

    Yony Leyser

    USA

    Yony Leyser is a Chicago-born writer, director and photographer. He is known for his documentary WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN (2010) which premiered at Slamdance to immediate acclaim, going on to play at over 60 film festivals. His first fictional feature, DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE (2015), an expression of Yony’s life in Berlin and of his philosophy as a filmmaker, was selected at multiple film festivals like Guadalajara IFF, Montreal World FF and !f Istanbul in 2016.