Gay Samoans are coming to Edinburgh!
Black Faggot, the runaway hit of Auckland and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, makes its UK debut at Edinburgh Fringe Festival after sold-out seasons and rave reviews in New Zealand and Australia.
Black Faggot is award-winning Kiwi/Samoan playwright Victor Rodger’s response to the debate around New Zealand’s same-sex marriage bill, which became law in 2013. Victor watched a Destiny Church rally against gay marriage and thought, “one of those kids will be gay and feeling quite wretched about himself.”
The result is a series of hilarious and poignant monologues grappling with challenges faced by young, gay men in New Zealand’s immigrant Pacific Islands communities. A parade of colourful characters collide in raw, emotional and outrageous situations: the “undercover brother” desperate to prove he’s straight, an island mama whose beloved son turns out to be queer, a teenager trying to “pray the gay away”, and a tough Samoan homo who’s out, proud and in your face.
Winner of five awards at Auckland Fringe and two at Melbourne Fringe, Black Faggot is featured in the New Zealand season at Edinburgh 2014. Black Faggot is directed by Roy Ward and produced by Karin Williams.
July 31 – Aug 25
17:30 – 18:30
Tickets: £12.50 – £10.50
IAHETO AH HI and TAOFIA PELESASA in BLACK FAGGOT – Photo: Liesha Ward Knox
BLACK FAGGOT makes its international debut at Melbourne Fringe as the inaugural Tiki Tour Ready Award winner. The play was the runaway hit of Auckland Fringe, winning audience acclaim, critical praise and five awards including Best Theatre Production.
A series of hilarious and poignant monologues by Samoan-kiwi playwright Victor Rodger, Black Faggot is directed by Roy Ward, produced by Karin Williams and stars Iaheto Ah Hi (Sione’s Wedding) and Taofia Pelesasa (The Factory).
Black Faggot runs at Melbourne Fringe Sep 28-29 and Oct 1-5 at The Fringe Hub at North Melbourne Town Hall Rehearsal Room.
Beulah Koale in Black Faggot
“Please God, make me straight,” prays Christian, a Samoan teen from South Auckland, after marching in a church rally against New Zealand’s marriage equality bill. Playwright Victor Rodger watched the protest unfold and created Black Faggot in response.
The theatrical premier at the Basement Theater was a sold-out hit of the Auckland Fringe Festival in February, winning five awards including a coveted slot in the Melbourne Fringe Festival this September and the Development Award, which will remount the show in Auckland later this year. The production will also travel to Wellington and Sydney.
Multinesia Productions won the Auckland Fringe Award for Best Production: Theater, the Tiki Tour Ready Award supported by Melbourne Fringe Festival and Creative New Zealand, the Development Award, and the Auckland Arts Festival Award. Actors Iaheto Ah Hi (Sione’s Wedding) and Beulah Koale (Shortland Street) were runners up for Best Performance.
Black Faggot was directed by Roy Ward and produced by Karin Williams. The production was funded by Auckland Council’s Arts Alive program and Creative New Zealand with support from Auckland Pride Festival.
Irene Bedard in American Indian Actors. Photo: Anthony Thosh Collins.
American Indian Actors screens at the 36th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. The film is a 2011 award nominee for “Best Industrial”.
The short film presents a spectrum of Native American performers including Irene Bedard, Atticus Todd, Kimberly Norris Guerrero and Zahn McClarnon, who share true stories from the front lines of the entertainment industry. Their experiences reveal American Indian actors to be vibrant, modern, complex, and funny.
American Indian Actors is an educational video commissioned by Screen Actors Guild President’s National Task Force for American Indians and funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund. The film was directed by Sterlin Harjo and produced by Karin Williams.
American Indian Actors
Thurs 10 Nov 7pm
Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyons Street
San Francisco CA
Originally shown at the 2010 LA Skins Fest, this pairing of the the short film American Indian Actors and the Peabody award-winning feature documentary Reel Injun offers a fascinating look at the traditional and contemporary roles of Native Americans in Hollywood film and television from the perspective of native filmmakers and actors.
American Indian Actors was produced by Multinesia Productions Inc. for the Screen Actors Guild President’s National Task Force for American Indians . The film features a diverse group of native actors including Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Zahn McClarnon (Into the West) and Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Hidalgo).
Producer: Karin Williams. Director: Sterlin Harjo. Stills: Thosh Collins.
SKINS FEST “RELOAD”
June 23 7pm
Wells Fargo Theater
Autry National Center
We Live by the River/Vivimos Junto al Rio screens at Cinema Planeta Festival Internationale de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Mexico in Cuernavaca, Mexico, March 11 – 19 2011.
The film is one of 15 selections from around the world in competition at the 3rd edition of the festival, including documentaries from Belgium, France, Canada, Italy and Brazil.
Director Karin Williams is honored to represent the We Live by the River in Cuernavaca.
New public service announcement for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council premiers in Super Bowl XLV across Alaska on Sunday 6 Feb.
Cinematographer/editor: Diana Wilmar, super-designer Greg Kupiec of The Ether, composer Kurt Felhun, “Voice of the Yukon” Princess Lucaj, Producer/director Karin Williams.
We’re headed to historic Nevada City in California’s Gold Country for the Wild & Scenic Festival, the biggest and best environmental film festival in the nation.
Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.
Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.
We Live by the River
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Nevada City CA
14-16 Jan 2011
Vets Hall, Sat afternoon
Vets Hall, Sun morning
Filmmaker Karin Williams in person.
We Live by the River screens at the Native Spirit Festival in London on Thurs Oct 21 8:45pm at Amnesty International HRAC.
The 4th Native Spirit Festival is an annual season of films, talks and performances promoting the cultures of indigenous peoples.
We Live by the River
Native Spirit Festival
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
We Live by the River screens at the Planet in Focus International Film & Video Festival in Toronto on Sat 16 October.
Planet in Focus is Canada’s largest and longest running environmental media arts film festival. The screening is co-presented with imagineNATIVE, celebrating works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media.
The 2010 Festival runs October 13-17 across the City of Toronto, screening 100+ films about social justice, energy, health, water, food and species conservation.
We Live by the River
Planet in Focus: International Environmental Film & Video Festival
Saturday, October 16, 5:45pm
Al Green Theatre at Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON