Cast: Christopher Berntsen, Stephen Ira
An intimate exploration of a complex relationship between two gay men, one cis, one trans, where the filmmakers fracture and blend their own bodies and voices to create a split screen projection collage.
Stephen Ira is a poet currently living in New York City. He recently graduated with an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has been published or in places like DREGINALD, Poetry, and FENCE. He’s directed multiple short plays, and has performed his own work and others’ at venues like La Mama and Dixon Place. In 2013 he was a Lambda Literary Fellow. He co-founded Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics. Chris Berntsen is a New Orleans/New York based artist. His photography and projection-based work explores themes related to queerness, intimacy, and time. Berntsen’s work has been exhibited in MoMA PS1, Aperture Foundation, New York, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans. He is pursuing a MFA from Hunter College in New York.
Love, sex, desire, religion, and how these things construct or deconstruct us are themes that run through this year’s showcase.