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PUFF Returns April 2021
We’ll miss you in 2020 … but check out what PUFF is all about by viewing our 2019 Program
Friday — April 26, 2019
OPENING NIGHT: KNIFE + HEART
In the summer of 1979, Paris-based filmmaker Anne is a producer of third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flamboyant sidekick Archibald. But when one of her actors is brutally murdered, Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down.
JOIN US AFTER THE SCREENING
FOR A SPECIAL PUFF DANCE PARTY
AT P-TOWN WITH JELLYFISH
4740 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Jellyfish is a queer Pittsburgh dance party from Steph Tsong, Ricky Moslen, and Adam Shuck, weaving together Italo Disco, New Wave, and Post-Punk tracks with video and visual collage. Since September 2017 Jellyfish has hosted a monthly party at P Town Bar, among other events, including a documentary screening, an after hours museum party, and a riverboat cruise. Jellyfish is inspired by vintage queer porn, leftist politics, international travel, and disco.
Saturday — April 27, 2019
Screening: THE COCKETTES
Celebrating 50 years since the legendary alt-drag troupe first took the stage in San Francisco in 1969! Digitally remastered in surround-sound and featuring astonishing visuals and outrageous performances, THE COCKETTES is more relevant in today’s genderfluid universe than ever before. The film premiered at Sundance in 2002, this is a re-mastered Cockette-inception anniversary edition.
Skype-In Q&A with original Cockette, Rumi Missabu
Rumi Missabu aka James Bartlett was born in Hollywood, CA in 1947. As a young actor he appeared in the Disney films Blackbeards Ghost & The One and Only Family Band, following his brief but snazzy reign with the Cockettes (1970-1972) he starred in the cult classic Elevator Girls In Bondage. Rumi keeps the spirit alive to this day with contributions to critically acclaimed recent exhibitions and events at: Envoy Gallery, NYC; Giorgi Gallery, Berkeley, CA; Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn NY; HOWL Festival, NYC; UKS Galleri in Oslo, Norway; The Gender-Bender Festival in Bologna, Italy; SFMOMA; SomArts; The Center for Sex & Culture, the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, TATE Liverpooland the New York Public Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center among many others.
Pictured, Rumi and Tina Turner 1971 – “I was her stylist before there was a word for it”
Assemble + PUFF Queer Market & Community Space
Join Assemble and PUFF for our first every Queer Art and Community Marketplace. Support local queer artists and learn about some wonderful organizations working within the community to better the lives of queer Pittsburghers. Come for the makers and stay to sip on drinks, try delicious food, listen to live music, and make new friends. We would like to thank our partner, Assemble, for brining this event into fruition. This is an afternoon you won’t want to miss! This is a free event and open to all ages.
Screening: NARCISSISTER ORGAN PLAYER
Narcissister Organ Player is a hybrid performance/documentary film that explores how ancestral data is stored in our bodies, impacting the lives we lead. On the personal level, the film investigates how the artist’s complex family history compelled her to create the masked, erotic performance character.
Sunday — April 28, 2019
Screening: DON’T BE NICE
The upstart Bowery Slam Poetry Team, made up of five young African-American, Afro-Hispanic and queer poets, prepares for the national championships. Mentored by a demanding coach who pushes them past their personal boundaries to write from a painfully honest place, the poets break down, break through, and compose their best work ever. Will their soul-searching pieces about police violence and the whitewashing of Black culture be able to compete against choreographed crowd-pleasers for the title? Don’t Be Nice will encourage viewers to do their own work to understand their friends, neighbors, and themselves.
Screening will be followed by a local slam poets performance, so stick around!
Screening: Pittsburgh Queer Shorts
Join us for unique selection of local short films from queer filmmakers.
Screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
About Pittsburgh Underground [queer] Film Festival (PUFF)
PUFF was created by Reel Q to celebrate the creative non-conformity of LGBTQ+ communities through the presentation of overlooked and “out-of-the-box films,” workshops, lectures, parties, and panel discussions. The weekend long festival focuses on films by queer women, POC, and under-represented communities.
Image credit: Matt Johnson