n/a is excited for the premier screening in our queer film program, a selection of films by johnny ray huston : house of harrington and heat. the series is curated by irwin swirnoff.
an overview of curtis harrington's strange and storied career, house of harrington braids a filmed interview with harrington with clips from his films — early experimental work, major studio films, and television fare such as killer bees, starring gloria swanson. 25 minutes.
the main feature will be andy warhol's heat, directed by paul morrissey. 102 minutes.
note, seating is limited. n/a is wheelchair accessible.
my gaze / / / yr gaze is a screening program that explores what cinema seen through a queer perspective can tell us about itself, ourselves, the worlds we live in, and the worlds we imagine. it is curated by irwin swirnoff.
johnny ray huston (lives in san francisco) is a writer, artist, and zinemaker. he has written or edited for publications including cinema scope, interview, little joe, and the san francisco bay guardian, and currently contributes to SFMOMA's open space.
in 2010, he showed collage work at [2nd floor projects], and made music for and acted in skye thorstenson's tourist trap, winner of a golden gate award at the SF international film festival. he has co-programmed film series' at artists television access, SF camerawork, and the yerba buena center for the arts, and most recently curated the unusual suspects at alley cat books gallery. current projects include claw laboratory, a monthly event at alley cat books, and the silver machine, a weekly program on kusf in exile / san francisco community radio.
irwin swirnoff (b. pheonix 1977, lives in the bay area) received his mfa from the san francisco art institute, and teaches in the cinematic arts department at cal state university monterey bay.
using film, photography, creative writing, and his background in zine & d.i.y. culture, he creates intimate work with a queer sensibility, exploring intimacy, longing, loss, desire, physicality, sexuality, and the constant struggle to remain in the here and now. a longtime dj, he's hosted the popular radio show, sleeves on hearts and served as the music director of kusf 90.3fm, in san francisco.
irwin's work has been shown throughout the united states and europe at festivals like outfest, the new york film fest, frameline, seattle queer film festival, toronto inside out, etcetera, and he's been featured in the new york times, sf weekly, maximum rock n roll, punk planet, and the bold italic.