Wu Tsang: Wildness (2012)

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Directed by Wu Tsang. Wildness is a portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic, LGBT-friendly bar on the eastside of Los Angeles that has catered to the Latin immigrant community since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish – the bar itself becomes a character in the film – Wildness captures the creativity and conflict that ensue when a group of young, queer artists of colour (Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU and Total Freedom) organise a weekly performance art party, called Wildness, at the bar. What does ‘safe space’ mean, and who needs it? The search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.

*Wu Tsang is a multi-media artist and award-winning filmmaker. His films, performances and installations have been presented at museums and film festivals internationally. Tsang’s first feature Wildness premiered at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight in 2012, Hot Docs (Toronto), and won the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary at OUTFEST (Los Angeles). His recent short You’re Dead to Me premiered on PBS and won the 2014 Imagen Award for Best Short. Tsang has presented projects at Tate Modern (London), the Whitney Museum and the New Museum (New York), the Hammer Museum and MOCA (Los Angeles), Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), Liverpool Biennial (UK) and the 2012 Whitney Biennial (New York). Tsang is a 2014 Rockerfeller Bellagio Creative Arts Fellow and was a 2012 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow.