Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 7:45pm
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Yony Leyser | 
Germany |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

Homocore and queercore started in the 1980s as a farcical fantasy created by artists and activists such as Toronto’s Bruce LaBruce and G. B. Jones. Inspired by the early radicalism of punk rock and ideas from the French situationists, the movement’s founders pretended that there was already an underground punk gay scene. A few radical punks in various cities created personae and characters and started the magazines J.D.s and Homocore, which convinced others that the scene really did exist. In turn, this encouraged people to start bands, make films, get active in revolutionary politics, and find communities of outsiders even within the gay subculture. The fringe of the fringe, marginalized both from mainstream punk and mainstream gay culture, became queercore. Yony Leyser’s film is clearly influenced by the DIY fanzine and experimental film aesthetic that it celebrates, with all of the art, music, and film clips you might expect, as well as insightful interviews with members of seminal bands like Pansy Division, and Tribe 8, and riot grrrl performers like Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution is a story about music, sexuality, and politics that is not afraid to ask the hard questions. Has gay culture lost its roots and vitality by trying to be like mainstream society? The film is not afraid to suggest that the dominant paradigm still needs to be further subverted, and perverted. It is the spirit of irreverence, camp, and shock value that makes the film a delight to watch, as it makes a case for rejecting the status quo and embracing full on weirdness. -KR



Yony Leyser

Yony Leyser (B. 1984) studied writing, filmmaking, and the dramatic arts in High School and at University. His work deals with race, gender identity, pop-culture, and deviant social histories. His previous features include: William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, and his Docufiction film Desire Will Set You Free. His feature films have been shown collectively in over 150 film festivals;  theatrically and on TV throughout the world; as well as at some of the world’s most recognized art institutions. He has received critical acclaim in publications including The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Sight and Sound Magazine, and Haaretz. For his most recent film Queercore, he builds on the foundations and ethos of his first two films with a more focused storytelling of the rebellious gay punk phenomena.