Chromakey Lavender, a Queer Film Screening: Paris is Burning

156 Studio Projects screens Paris is Burning


Please join 156 Studio Projects in a screening of Paris is Burning, the first in a series of monthly screenings of influential queer films of cult notoriety. Screened in the gallery space of 156 Augusta, this series will spotlight queer films of controversial and or/idiosyncratic quality. Each film will be preceded by a short description of its relationship, relevance and impact on LGBTQ+ culture.


A 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston, Paris is Burning chronicles 90s New York City ball culture, which served as a haven for Black, Latinx, drag queens and other members of the LGBTQ+ community. It is widely considered to be a catalyst for bringing queer culture into mainstream spotlight, as well as a meaningful exploration of race, class, gender, and queer identity in America during that time.


Sunday, June 14th, 2018
Doors: 6:30pm
Film: 7:00pm
Discussion 8:15pm – 9:30pm


Unfortunately, 156 Studio Projects is currently NOT a wheelchair accessible space, but we will actively be working to change this in the near future.


ABOUT THE CHROMAKEY LAVENDER: regarding the two words in the title – chromakey: the background colour used in screen based editing to superimpose an augmented image or video by mapping it to a single uncommon colour. Lavender: in reference to lavender linguistics, a concept developed to bracket the ever evolving, ever intriguing expressive patterns of queer culture. Together, Chromakey Lavender refers to the unseen forces percolating in the background of film culture upon which queer lifeways are presented in order to represent a diverse and subversive community.


Chromakey Lavender is a series co curated by Sami Alwani and Philip Ocampo