Two years ago while performing in Los Angeles at The Redcat Theater with the performance company I work with Big Art Group, I was presented with the opportunity to perform at “this really fierce underground queer party” called Wildness. I was just finishing up production on my debut album, and I was feeling at an all-time creative high. I was feeling free, and from the moment I walked into that party and prepared to perform, I felt the energy of freedom all around me as my LGBT family let loose in a space meant for just that.
Fast forward to the present, the documentary about this party from director Wu Tsang is finally ready for the world to see, and it’s making a big splash with screening this Wednesday night at MoMA. The buzz around the film has been major, and was even featured in this week’s Arts Feature in The New York Times! My performance that night was captured by Wu Tsang, and apparently some of it made the final edit of the film! Not only am I excited to see myself serving up aggressive house music in my “militia-fierce” look for that moment, but I’m also just excited to see this film that captures a very special moment in time for a special section of people living in LA.
2012. USA. 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 color (Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom) organize 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. 75 min.
See you there!