IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)
HDVideo, 12 minutes
2018 is a moment of increased visibility for trans people; recent cultural shifts see far more representation across the media, governance, and health care. But, it is still challenging to locate an entirely trans-specific history, or physical evidence of a past prior to these sudden and current "revelations” of visibility. beside the water, 1999-2004, addresses the erasure of rich legacies of trans and queer activism and art by revisiting and re-imagine these stories from an individuals lived experience. Mining existing archives and creating new ones, the artist proposes alternative modes of retrieving and disseminating a trans past through an erotic gaze and experiments in form and narrative storytelling. beside the water, 1999-2004 is a gesture of abundance where a lack of visual documents exist; a fabricated document of a transgender past. Using love letters and photos of friends and lovers it is a video essay of transmasculine sexual discovery and community formation in the early 2000’s. Defiantly looking towards a future of pleasure, sincerity, and beauty; this work place trans sexual expression in conversation with a non-linear idea of history, that is both real and invented, to address how limited evidence of a past shapes our understandings of the present.
(the here and now) a visit
Frameline, ANTIMATTER, SQIFF: Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Mardi Gras Film Festival Sydney, Vilnius LGBT Festival Lithunia, Pink Screens Film Festival Brussels, TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, PROUD! Denmark, Transmission Sonoma County, Notions of A Buddy Film: ATA (San Francisco) and the Echo Park Film Center(Los Angeles)
The lush forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains serve as a backdrop for a glimpse into the affectionate and authentic brotherhood of trans masculine friendship. When an incident occurs with Laub’s mom, he heads off to the woods to seek comfort from his close friend Johnny, who lives in isolation in the one-room cabin he has built for himself. A narrative portrait and a staged document of the counter-cultural and off-the-grid banality of a friendship formed out of a marginalized community.
Completed August 2015
a year in review
SCREENINGS Outfest, Athens International Film Festival, SF Transgender Film Festival, Transient West Hollywood
Completed: May 2013
Ruminations on community and isolation, love and heartbreak, friendship and family. An autobiographical film essay about the year an artist returns "home" and leaves behind his queer community.
Things We Both Know (Not Our Real Names)
SCREENINGS Northside Film Festival, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Echo Park Film Center, The Queerer They Come, Harry Hays Conference, Trans Ocular
Video by Finn Paul
Text by Roy Pérez
A Video Adaptation of the poem, Things We Both Know (Not Our Real Names) by Roy Pérez. An early version of “Things We Both Know (Not Our Real Names)” appeared in birdsong zine. The version used for this film was published in FENCE Magazine #25 (14:1-2).
Things We Both Know (Not Our Real Names)
and what remains
SCREENINGS Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival
Using video as a tool for self-acceptance and a step towards heeling, an artist comes to terms with my shame about growing up in affluent community in Los Angeles while living amongst a working class Queer community in Portland, Oregon.
yes, you are okay
Performance and HDVideo
by Lacy Davis and Finn Paul
Using video and performance, 2 artists share untold secrets to an audience.
love stories, chapter 1
SCREENINGS RedCat: CalArts Film Directing Showcase, May 2014
Completed May 2014
Staring: Anne Cousineau and Laub
A conversation between ex lovers.
Taken in bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, on porches, at the beach, at unofficial parks and abandoned industrial sites, queer people swim, talk, touch, and kiss each other. Between 2002 and 2007, I took hundreds of photographs of the queer and trans community I lived amongst in Portland, Oregon.
Black and White Archival Prints
To see the entire series: firstname.lastname@example.org
EXHIBITIONS Corner Gallery, Portland Q Center, PNCA Photography Award Recipient Show