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“Queer Genius” explores the remarkable lives of five queer female artists: Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Black Quantum Futurism, Moor Mother, and Dynasty Handbag / Jibz Cameron.

Deep, affectionate, and intimate portraits resonate across generation as critically acclaimed and notoriously radical queer artists overcome personal and political obstacles to find new ways to think about and live their own "genius."

Director Statement

“Queer Genius” captures artists in their element, like capturing a dream. " Alex Smith, PGN (2019)

"Queer Genius is a documentary that covers the lives and works of four artists/movements: Eileen Myles, Black Quantum Futurism, Barbara Hammer and Jibz Cameron. The footage is raw, visceral and expansive, covering not only the innovative work of these artists but also capturing their reflections and vulnerabilities in beautiful ways. Scenes of artistic performance and creation are juxtaposed with footage of the artists in their domestic habitats. Throughout the film, Pancake is careful not to reduce these artists to tropes, symbols or mere vehicles for their art. Watching the film, one is always keenly aware of the fact that these are personas that possess multiple layers of complexity. It is this capturing of personal lives that makes the film so engaging." "Defying Narratives in "Queer Genius" - Neha Mulay for Honeysuckle Magazine (Nov 2019)

"Exquisite" Frances Wallace, Executive Director, Frameline Film Festival

"Effortlessly multigenerational, interdisciplinary, and diverse in scope, QUEER GENIUS peers into the lives of five virtuosos who have challenged artistic formalism, gender roles, and heterosexism without apology in both their private lives and creative practices. Composed of rare and in-depth portraits of late experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer, the art collective Black Quantum Futurism, East Village poet Eileen Myles, and performance artist Jibz Cameron, this documentary charts the robust family tree of the lesbian and queer avant-garde across six decades." NewFest Program Notes

"Galvanizing... What emerges is an inspiring portrait of provocative and legendary artists-activists." Gary Kramer PGN

"Queer Genius" is a creative documentary featuring fine artist portraits of QPOC & GLBTQ Female experimental artists: Barbara Hammer, Eileen Myles, Black Quantum Futurism, Moor Mother, and Jibz Cameron/Dynasty Handbag. The film examines each artist’s creative life, personal challenges, and asks the question “what is genius?” Each subject provides a unique and personal perspective on new ways to think about and view the concept of "genius" from a female, fine arts perspective discussing and preserving queer female avant garde legacies across generation. Supported by Edes Foundation (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) Leeway Foundation Transformation Award, Leeway Art & Social Change Grants, Temple University Presidential Humanities Grants.

I served as Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Sound Designer and Color Timer for this 4k Digital Cinema production managing and working with a team of over 20 creative contributors working in commercial and industrial cinematography, lighting/gaffing, animation, editorial consulting, sound recording & mixing for commercial theater. I wrote and won a competitive grant (Leeway Foundation) specifically to pay first-time female composers that created over 80% of the original composing for the film recorded in studio in Philadelphia with my oversight. The film is a triumph of female, queer, and minority filmmaking with 95% of the crew falling in one or several of these categories as per the general ethos of the film.

PRESS
Defying Narratives in Queer Genius
Neha Mulay, Honeysuckle Magazine
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Queer Director Talks Genius Film
Alex Smith, PGN
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Queer Film All Month Long
Gary Kramer PGN
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