Film and Digital Media Visiting Artist Series 2010-2011
SCREENING and Q+A with ERIC STANLEY and CHRIS VARGAS
Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas will be screening their new film, Criminal Queers (2011)
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.
Stanley and Vargas’ previous film, Homotopia (2006) has screened widely, both nationally and internationally.