"Queer Genius" is a cinematic exploration of four visionary queer artists breaking down barriers in their creative fields as they confront fame, failure, censorship, family, gender, and sexuality. The film embraces the communal possibilities of "genius" from a particularly queer perspective crossing genre and generational perspective.

The film features intertwined portratis of Eileen Myles, Barbara Hammer, Jibz Cameron, and Black Quantum Futurism.

"Queer Genius" has been supported by The Clare Rosen and Samuel Edes Emerging Artist Fellowship granted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Temple University Vice Provost for the Arts Research Grant, a Leeway Foundation Art and Social Change Grant, Leeway Foundation Window of Opportunity Grant, Wexner Center for the Arts, Temple Univerity Vice Presidential Arts & Humanities Grant, and Catheine Pancake is a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award recipient for 2017.







Catherine Pancake, Director, Producer & Director of Photography

Catherine Pancake is an award-winning visual and sound artist whose work spans feature documentary, essay film, installation, and fine arts contexts. "Queer Genius" is her current documentary feature examining four ground-breaking creative visionaries and the relationshiop between concepts of queerness, genius, and community in our contemporary lives. Her work has been exhibited and featured at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Channel, and PBS, as well as discussed in Artforum, Vice, Washington Post, Village Voice and more. Read More

Laura Terruso, Cinematography & Consultant

Laura Terruso is a screenwriter, director and producer. She co-wrote with Michael Showalter the feature film HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS – starring Sally Field - which premiered at SXSW and took home the Audience Award in the Headliners category. The feature is based on her short film “Doris & the Intern” and is currently being released by Roadside Attractions and Stage 6 Films.She recently wrapped principal photography on her feature film debut FITS AND STARTS. Produced by Neda Armian (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED) and Margherita Arco, the film stars Wyatt Cenac (THE DAILY SHOW), Greta Lee (INSIDE AMY SCHUMER) and Maria Dizzia (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK). Prior to her work on these projects, Terruso produced Madeleine Olnek’s feature films CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME and THE FOXY MERKINS. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  Additionally, she produced Todd Solondz’s short film “3013” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Her multiple short films have screened in over 60 film festivals worldwide.  Laura has also worked as a cinematographer, most notably for web-turned-HBO series "High Maintenance." She attended NYU’s prestigious graduate film program at the Tisch School of the Arts. Read More

Michelle Lawler, Cinematography & Consultant

Michelle Lawler is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer working in film and television since 1999. Her first feature documentary FOREVER’S GONNA START TONIGHT won numerous audience awards including Outfest LA 2010. Michelle has shot several award-winning short films including YOU’RE DEAD TO ME which recently won the Imagen Award for Best Short Film 2014. She has worked on several pieces for exhibition at MoMA, the Hammer Museum, the 2013 Venice Biennale and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Michelle is a departmental honoree in Cinema Studies at SF State, an alumnus of the Cinematography Fellowship at Film Independent, and holds an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. Read more

Jen Schneider, Cinematography

Jen Schneider is a cinematographer whose work ranges from independent features to commercials and documentary. She is a member of International Camera Guild, as well as Cinematographers XX (cinematographersxx.com) and International Collective of Female Cinematographers (icfcfilm.com). Her past credits include “Shored Up” (Doxa, San Francisco Green Festival), a feature documentary directed by Ben Kalina and winner of Sundance Institute’s Hilton Lightstay Sustainability Award (2014); “The Source,” a post-apocalyptic web series written/directed by Marc D’Agostino and winner of “Best in Fest” at LATV Festival and “Best Drama” NYTV Festival (2013); and “Now Return Us To Normal” (post-production), a documentary directed by Leslie Koren about the "teen help" industry. She is in pre-production for an AFI/Directing Workshop for Women short, “Unbound," directed by Maggie Mahrt, as well as a short titled "Family of Too Many" by Iranian director Maaman Rezaei. Read More

Razan AlSalah, Cinematography

Mark Right, Sound Recordist

Addtional Sound and Camerawork: Kayla Watkins, Ben Spitler, Theresa Pope-Williams, Alex Friend, Sean McLaughlin

Assistant Producers & Research: Cara Aguado, Theresa Pope-Williams, Ryan McGinnis


Heather Love

Tavia Nyongo'

Christine Capetola

Andrew Durbin

Emily Bate

Alex Smith

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"Queer Genius" is nearing the end of production and preparing for post-production when we will complete our final edit, color, and sound design for the film. We hope to release the film in 2017. If you are interested in getting involved feel free to contact us or follow us through our social media channels.

For Press and Journalists: Contact Catherine Pancake Catherine.Pancake @ gmail.com

For Monetary or Inkind Donatations: Contact Cara at QueerGeniusFilm @ gmail.com

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