Criminal Queers, directed by Eric A. Stanley & Chris Vargas
Criminal Queers visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and desires are confined. (USA, 2013, 70 mins)
Screening of the film, followed by discussion with the filmmakers, Eric A. Stanley & Chris Vargas, and Professor Lauren Berlant.
Eric A. Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside.
Chris E. Vargas is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Pacific Northwest.
Part of the LGBTQ Studies Project and the Artists’ Salon at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, with support from the Chicago Performance Lab and Infrastructures of the Comedic.