While researching for the TEDDY 30 retrospective, it only became too clear: Feature films, Video Art and amateur movies around the world are about to vanish and need to be restored, digitized and distributed. Archives are facing a challenge in order to prevent the analogue film stock from decay. Furthermore it will be a crucial task to re-invent models of distribution to make our queer film heritage part of our cultural memory.
The first conference panel focuses on the topic of queer archives as queer memory. Queer transnational and multiethnic movements, as well as multimedial history should be archived and become available worldwide. This can be achieved in conjunction with the film festival and media professionals. Experts from various fields will discuss what new approaches to the definition and the creation of archives we can find in order to promote an accurate and representative history.
PANEL 2: Re-Imaging The Queer Archive
Dr. Nanna Heidenreich, Host, Institute for Media Studies, Braunschweig University of Art; Arsenal-Berlin, Forum Expanded, Berlin
Nanna Heidenreich works as a lecturer/researcher in media studies at the University of the Arts in Braunschweig (Germany). She is also co-curator for the Berlinale program “Forum Expanded”. She has worked many years with the “Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art” in Berlin, including her participation in the project “Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary and Curatorial Practice” (2011-2013). She has published widely on migration, visual culture and postcolonial media theory and has edited several DVDs.
Alice Royer, Legacy Project Manager, Outfest Los Angeles; American Archive for Television and Film, University of California, Los Angeles
Alice Royer is a film and media scholar, archivist, and programmer from Los Angeles. She is the Legacy Project Manager at “Outfest”, where she oversees the “Outfest UCLA Legacy Project”, the only program in the world exclusively dedicated to protecting and preserving LGBT film. She is also an Assistant Programmer at “Outfest”, and has screened films for “AFI FEST” and the “Los Angeles Film Festival”. In addition to her film festival work, Alice is a PhD Candidate in Cinema & Media Studies at the UCLA.
Prof. Martin Koerber, Head of the Archive at the “Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen”, Berlin
Martin Koerber is the Head of the Film Archive at the “Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum” for Film and Television. He graduated from the Free University of Berlin with a degree in Media, Art History and Musicology and has been working in filmmaking since the 1980s. In his affiliation with the “Deutsche Kinemathek” he organized the retrospectives for the “Berlin International Film Festival” from 1998 – 2003. In 2003, he was appointed as Professor for Restoration of Audiovisual and Photographic Cultural Heritage at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kraß, Department of German Literature, Humboldt University; Director of the Archive of Sexology, Humboldt University, Berlin
Andreas Krass is a Professor of German Literature at the Humboldt-University Berlin, with a focus on premodern culture, Gender Studies and Queer Studies. He is a member of the “Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies” at the Humboldt University and the director of the “Research Center Archive for Sexology” that investigates the cultural heritage of Magnus Hirschfeld and his Institute for Sexology in Berlin. His forthcoming book on the literary history of friendship between men will be published in Summer 2016.
Dr. Dagmar Brunow, Institute for Film Studies, Linnaeus University, Vaxjö, Sweden
Dagmar Brunow is one of the programmers at the “International Queer Film Festival” Hamburg. As a film scholar she teaches Film Studies and Gender Studies in Sweden. Dagmar has been working for the “Women’s Music Centre” in Hamburg and has been one of the initiators of “Ladyfest” Hamburg. She is a longstanding member of the radio collective “Freies Sender Kombinat” in Hamburg. After publishing an edited collection on Stuart Hall in 2015, she is currently co-editing the first German-language volume on Queer Film Studies.
Cheryl Dunye, Filmmaker, Department of Cinema, San Francisco State University, Liberia/San Francisco
Cheryl Dunye is an Oakland, California, based director, who investigates race, class, and gender in the lives of queer women of color. Her 1996 debut feature, ”The Watermelon Woman”, won the Teddy Award and the award for best feature film at “Outfest”, Torino. Her most recent short film, “Black is Blue” (2014), explores the transphobic experiences of trans black men. It won several awards and will be expanded into a feature film in 2016. Cheryl is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema at San Francisco State University.