|Faery executive producere Justin Winokur reads a raffle ticket while Kitten Calfer assists and billboard-sized Sodomyâ€ť screams behind them. Photo by Rink.
Marrvelous Films presented an art auction fundraiser on April 19 at The LGBT Community Center to help produce a new queer documentary, Faerie. Justin Winokur was emcee and auctioneer for the event, which offered photographs, sculptures, oils, watercolors, sketches, and mixed media. This was the second such Faerie film fundraiser, following the successful March 22 â€śPlayPartyâ€ť and preceding the June 27 â€śArtist + Nude =â€ť silent auction. There will be monthly fundraisers with different themes, such as an upcoming foodie festival, where a chef will prepare a five-course meal for food enthusiasts.
People can contribute with financing or research or art pieces for the filmmaking at the website, faeriefilm.com.
My favorite art piece was, â€śSodomy: Itâ€™s Fan-Fucking-Tastic!â€ť by Tim Walker, which was a gigantic 132â€ť x 96â€ť canvas taking up half of the back wall of The Center. â€śSee your nearest Recruitment Officer for more details,â€ť it said. A figure resembling Jesus was holding quite closely a young lad, helping him learn to hold a baseball bat. At the bottom was a disclaimer as a government warning: â€śAccording to the Surgeon General, excessive exposure to this public service message may cause serious brain damage, vertigo, anal rampage, mild stomach discomfort, Sunday morning sodomy, prolonged anal discharge, and may impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. â€śClosetâ€ť by Kenney Mencher was an oil as a double self-portrait (â€śmeant as an entendre, and you get to figure out what skeletons may be in my closetâ€ť) as he opens the closet from the side and also stands in front of it surveying the inside. â€śAltar Boyâ€ť by Tim Walker was a Plexiglas acrylic light box of a stained glass window, where two priests stand together as an altar boy kneels with his face in the fatherâ€™s crotch. â€śRevivificationâ€ť by Tom Schmidt was a giclee print of a bald man trying to pull up a bustier around his torso, showing signs of anguish in the struggle. Or maybe it was because he was standing in killer come-fuck-me pumps.
I interrupted my tour of art to speak with Faerie director/producer David Marr about his project, highlighting the contributions of queers throughout history â€“ showing a comparison of how someone like Leonardo Da Vinci or Socrates living today would not be allowed queer rights, such as same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, or open military service. â€śThe film will show how we should have equality across the board, and that queers have a unique role in society and should be respected,â€ť said Marr. He said the film will point out that people should not be entitled to certain rights just because they breed.
â€śIf youâ€™re not a person who procreates, then you have fewer rights than those people,â€ť he said. â€śThis is to show that everyone has a contribution to society, and without those contributions - such as Socratesâ€™ defining what Western Civilization is â€“ would not be allowed to have equal rights.â€ť His mission-like statement is: â€śFolklore suggests the origin of the Faerie traces back to a conquered race that lived by moral or ethical values that lost attention with the arrival of Christianity. It is rumored the destiny of a Faerie is to illuminate mankind in creativity, inspiration, and self-investigation, and to be keepers of hope for those who question the physical manifestation of our essential spirits.â€ť Marr said they â€ślay the foundations of civilization and society itself (Plato, Aristotle, Socrates); defined the meaning of art and beauty (Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Warhol); and united the broken tribes of humankind (Alexander, Caesar, kings and queens).
The film is anticipated to be completed by early 2009, distributed as public education to community centers and health organizations, â€śso when it comes time to voting for queer rights, people will know whatâ€™s right and whatâ€™s wrong.â€ť It will also be targeted to independent theaters across the nation, as well as film festivals. There will be a narrator - hopefully some sort of celebrity - talking about LGBT contributions to society, from the beginning of society.
Marr told me he has been a working artist for most of his life, spending ten years in Hollywood seeking to be an actor and writer, then moving to San Francisco and getting involved with the Burning Man community. He said, â€śI believe that art has a really important role in society.â€ť He taught himself to write, direct, film, edit, produce, and fundraise, â€śso I would not have to put that role in somebody elseâ€™s hand and depend on others so much.â€ť Over the last three years he has made more than 15 short films, music videos, and commercial projects. â€śI can sing and dance,â€ť he said. â€śI donâ€™t do drag â€“ but who knows what the future holds?!â€ť
â€śTwin Klownz Oral Balloonâ€ť by Glenn Campbell was a giclee print of two white-faced clowns facing each other, sucking on a long purple balloon between them. It was from a collection called â€śKlownerotika.â€ť Campbell told me he has been performing in the SF Porn Klown Posse and the LA HellaKlowns for ten years. The clowns participated in the March 15 anti-war march and will clown for the May 10th Revlon Cancer Walk, among other events where they tend to pop up.
â€śScissoringâ€ť by Jenny Slafkoski was a steel and paint sculpture of two pairs of scissors doing what many lesbians like to do as a sexual position. â€śNo Oneâ€™s Dick Is That Bigâ€ť by Jeff Gillman was graphite on paper as a nude muscleman, lifting up his posing strap to reveal a member bigger than his head. Gillman said back when he was in 9th grade in Salt Lake City, he found muscle posing physique magazines a real turn-on, and the impression stayed with him as his sexuality defined itself further in life. Marie Saquing had a series of oils of three different female couples fucking. â€śI was still in school when there was a rumor that they kicked out students who had created sexually explicit art, and I wanted to see what boundaries I could push by painting something erotic that would be beautiful and still qualify as fine art,â€ť she said. Based on movie ratings, â€śXâ€ť (1999) was explicit sixty-nine, â€śNC-17â€ť (1998) was far less explicit naked coupling, and â€śUnratedâ€ť (1997) was kissing and touching with underwear on.
As Marr said, â€śBeyond the ability of procreation, Faeries possess the unique new thought or act of creation itself; the very element needed to redefine culture in the minds and lives of humankind.â€ť