Whether you’re a lonely lady dressed as a rabbit, a girl discovering her libido in a Christian teen counseling group, or a giant penis floating through space, an act of love can feel like being consumed by fire—or like being enveloped in a prison of flesh. In this collection of alternately randy and chaste romances, lovelorn characters wrestle with their own their fear of commitment, hoping that Cupid’s arrow will pierce their furry little hearts, but not drain their essence in the process.
Trevor Anderson | Canada | 4
Trevor reflects on his fear of dating.
Lisa Steen | US | 7
Patricia goes to Wyatt’s house for dinner. They eat soggy spaghetti and she gets too drunk. She asks him for a personal favor, he deals her a personal blow. Her dad comes over later in the night.
Eugene Kolb | US | 3
A woman is overcome by her carnivorous desires.
Sami van Ingen | Finland | 15
A fractured melodrama, based on damaged frames from the last minutes of the only remaining nitrate reel of the lost feature film "Silja – Fallen Asleep When Young" (1937) directed by Teuvo Tulio. All screening prints and the negative of the film were destroyed in a 1959 studio fire. A sequence from the middle of the film was found at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris in 2015.
Ben Kallam | US | 12
A teenage girl in an evangelical church youth group must deal with the fallout when her trust is publicly betrayed.
Charlie Lyne | UK | 14
The story of sixteen men put on trial for sadomasochism in the dying days of Thatcher's Britain was told by the police, the prosecution and the tabloid press — but not by those in the dock.
Rocío Álvarez | Belgium | 10
A poetic journey through the history of desire and sexuality, from the first unicellular organism to human being, who invents the calculated pleasure: eroticism. A story crossed by moral conflicts, where the female pleasure long ignored and repressed takes pride of place, and which culminates in an explosive finale.
Lost and Found
Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe | Australia | 7
A clumsy crochet dinosaur must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life.
Wesley Wingo | US | 10
A young woman tries to navigate issues of intimacy in a unique relationship after a traumatic event.
True Love in Pueblo Textil
Horatio Baltz | Cuba, US | 5
Nine-year-old Maribel explains to us how it feels to be stricken with the world's oldest affliction: love.
STEFA* is an artist, vocalist and performer focused on the intersection of politics, the self and her cultures. Taking inspiration from her classical music background and the desire to decolonize her euro-centric training, her work honors her ancestrxs, allowing her to question her own existence and navigate her multidimensional identity. Using harmonies, looping, and improvisation, she creates sonic worlds where her and her audience can live together for a brief moment. Her solo work has led her to perform at National Sawdust (Sepalina
EP Release, opening for Madame Gandhi), Brooklyn Museum (Radical Women Latin American Art: 1964-1986, Cuerpxs Radicales special programming), Museo del Barrio, Nublu, Rough Trade and more. As part of TrueQue Residencia Artistica (Ayampe, Ecuador 2017), she facilitated her first voice workshop, Cantos Primitivos//Primitive Songs
, after 20 years of studying voice. In 2017 she travelled to Vienna, Austria in collaboration with Mx. Oops where they performed in American Realness as part of Wienerfestwochen’s performeum
. Her debut EP Sepalina
was released via Figure & Ground Records on September 14. You can support her by purchasing it at stefa.bandcamp.com