Dana Claxton & Paul Wong Screen at VQFF 2011

Two Winsor Gallery artists, Dana Claxton and Paul Wong, will be screening short films at the 2011 Vancouver Queer Film Festival, running August 11 - 21.

The artists' films will be shown as a part of a program of shorts entitled "Vancouver Visionaries", which is scheduled to play Tuesday, August 15 at 9:30pm at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas (previously Tinseltown).

"60 Unit: Bruise" by Paul Wong (screenshot)

Paul Wong's controversial (and possibly downright shocking) 1976 film, "60 Unit: Bruise", will open the program - warning: this one's not for the faint of heart.  The film documents Wong accepting a needle into his arm full of his friend's blood, and the subsequent bruise-like marking that results.  Almost innocently produced, the work takes on profound implications when viewed in this era when needle sharing is known to be extremely dangerous and still remains a complicated issue in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

"The Hill" by Dana Claxton (screenshot)

Produced in 2004, "The Hill" by Dana Claxton takes on the form of a music video; however, there's more to this music video than just a catchy tune and a pretty face.  Claxton intermixes images of Canada's House of Parliament in Ottawa, and shots of a young First Nations woman wandering around Parliament Hill, unsuccessfully attempting to gain access to the building.  The film is a cutting political and social critique.

For showtime and ticket information follow this link: http://www.queerfilmfestival.ca/viewshowtime.php?stid=519