KUSF In Exile 02.18.12 2-4 PM Roll Call DJ Margaret Tedesco

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Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture

The Soft Pink Truth : Do You Want New Wave (Or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth?) :
Do They Owe Us A Living?
In School
Media Friend/Vampire State Building
Out Of Step
Looking Back
The Soft Pink Truth : Do You Party?
Everybody's Soft
Gender Studies

The Soft Pink Truth was an experimental house music side-project from Drew Daniel, one-half of experimental electronica duo Matmos. Do You Party?, the first album was released in 2003, and featured, among other original songs, a cover of Vanity 6’s Make up. In 2004, Daniel followed up with The Soft Pink Truth’s second album, entitled Do You Want New Wave (Or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth?) (irreverently abbreviated to DYWNWODYWTSPT), a reference to a song by Minutemen. The album consisted entirely of house covers of classic hardcore and punk songs including “Do They Owe Us A Living?” by Crass.

MEN : Credit Card Babie$ : Talk About Body
Dolly Parton : Love Is Like A Butterfly : The Ultimate Collection
Word Is Out Soundtrack :
Were You There : Trish Nugent
He's Okay : Buena Vista

Anita Bryant : Pie in the Face (YouTube)

Family Tree : Belle & Sebastian : Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
The Face Of Everything : The Ballet : Mattachine!
Blowin' Down The Road (I Ain't Going To Be Treated This Way) : Woody Guthrie : Dust Bowl Ballads

Dj Margaret is joined in conversation with film scholar and videomaker Greg Youmans with his new book on the landmark LGBT documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives, and film and video artist Chris Vargas, who together collaborate, produce, and star in the web sitcom Falling In Love...with Chris and Greg.

Greg Youmans is a scholar of queer activist and experimental filmmaking, with a particular interest in the 1970s. He received his PhD from the History of Consciousness program at UC Santa Cruz and currently teaches in the Film and Digital Media department there. Arsenal Pulp Press has just published his book about the paradigm-shifting gay and lesbian documentary, Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives, which was made in 1977 by the Mariposa Film Group based here in the Bay Area. Greg is now at work on a larger book project about gay and lesbian filmmaking in the 1970s. He is also a film and video maker. In collaboration with Chris Vargas, he makes the ongoing video series Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg.”

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives by (author) Greg Youmans examines the historical, political, and aesthetic significance of this important film, situating it firmly in its late-1970s context. He also delves beneath the film’s surface to explore the backstory of its making, from the complicated relationships among its six filmmakers (three men, three women) to the more than 140 video pre-interviews they conducted in their search for the perfect cast. The book is arranged into alphabetical chapters, each exploring a key theme, issue, or person connected to Word Is Out: “A is for Anita,” “B is for Burden of Representation,” “C is for Collective,” “D is for Documentary,” etc.

Chris Vargas is a film and video maker whose areas of interest include queer/transgender history, tabloid biography, and radical politics. In 2011, he earned his MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. His solo video work includes Have You Ever Seen a Transsexual Before? (2010) and Libéraceon (2011). With Eric Stanley he is the co-director of the movie Homotopia (2006), as well as its forthcoming feature-length sequel, Criminal Queers (2012) and with Greg Youmans he is the co-creator of the web sitcom Falling In Love... with Chris and Greg.

Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg began in 2007, a situation comedy about a gay odd couple, one liberal, one radical; one transgendered, one not. They don’t have a whole lot in common, but somehow they manage.

*Drawing of Chris and Greg by Jason Fritz Michael

For more on scholar and writer Greg Youmans, artist Chris Vargas, and Falling in Love...with Chris and Greg visit:


Author Greg Youman’s new book, Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives is available at arsenalpulp.com and Bay Area bookstores.

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives 30th anniversary documentary edition, a restored 133-minute version of the 1978 film, which was produced by Outfest and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The DVD edition of the documentary was released in June 2010 by Milestone Films. The filmmakers, known collectively as the Mariposa Film Group, released the commemorative DVD featuring the restored and remastered digital print of the original film. In addition, the DVD includes as special features exclusive updates on the cast and the filmmakers and an homage to Peter Adair, originator and producer of Word Is Out, who died of AIDS in 1996.

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