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Chris in photobooth

Chris Vargas...

is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist based in Bellingham, WA, whose thematic interests include queer radicalism, transgender hirstory, and imperfect role models. He earned his MFA in the department of Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011. From 2008-2013, he made, in collaboration with Greg Youmans, the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love...with Chris and Greg. Episodes of the series have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including MIX NYC, SF Camerawork, and the Tate Modern. With Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed the movie Homotopia (2006) and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2013) which have been screened at Palais de Tokyo, LACE, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, and the New Museum among other venues. Vargas is also the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, an arts & hirstory institution highlighting the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape. www.chrisevargas.com


Greg in a photobooth

Greg Youmans...

is a film scholar as well as a videomaker. He earned his Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and from 2012-13 he is a Scholar in Residence of the Beatrice Bain Research Group at UC Berkeley. His research explores the social and political role of queer filmmaking in the 1970s. In 2011, Arsenal Pulp Press published his book on the pioneering, Bay-Area documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (dir. Mariposa Film Group, 1977). He is now at work on his second book, "Thank You Anita!": Gay and Lesbian Filmmaking in the 1970s. www.gregyoumans.com

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