BEACH SESSIONS Organized by Sasha Okshteyn. 2020. 9 min.
Beach Sessions Dance Series returned for its sixth season in August 2020 on TikTok with TikTok Challenges created by New York-based choreographers Moriah Evans, Kayla Farrish, Jack Ferver, Gerard & Kelly, Loni Landon, Katrina Reid, Pam Tanowitz, and Gillian Walsh.While we all can’t experience public live performance, this summer’s program encouraged the viewer to get outside where they can, learn a phrase, and repost on their personal TikTok profile, performing virtually on a stage in front of millions.
PIER KIDS by Elegance Bratton. 2019. 85 min.
Elegance Bratton’s debuting feature film, PIER KIDS follows Queer and Trans Youth of Color as they navigate homophobia, gentrification, welfare, and their biological and chosen families. This intimate portrait delivers hard-hitting truths about the Christopher Street Pier Kids of NYC.
RUTHLESS LOGIC by Xavier Cha. 2018. 14 min.
Xavier Cha removes a martial arts scene from its anticipated background and places it in a highly stylized landscape of muted color. RUTHLESS LOGIC is a metaphorical demonstration of the mental gymnastics involved in identity formation and a super slow-motion study of the precision, power, and performance of Hong Kong Kung Fu.
SHAKEDOWN by Leilah Weinraub. 2018. 71 min.
Her first feature, Leilah Weinraub’s SHAKEDOWN intimately grinds through the so-named, now-shuttered Black Lesbian club in Los Angeles. Weinraub’s playful gaze celebrates escapism and sexual expression in underground Queer nightlife.
Remote discussion with Elegance Bratton & Chester Algernal Gordon following the program.
Rockaway Film Festival would like to thank VBX™~Vernam Basin Terminal for generously hosting us at the Arverne Cinema in addition to BBX™~Barbadoes Basin Terminal for contributing to such.
RFF also thanks Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Park Service for hosting us in Fort Tilden.
RFF is proud to be sponsored by Blundstone®, Istic Illic Pictures, and NYC Ferry. The festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by FRANC.