Femme Fantastic

The Carnal Screen
7 films
These films undo the socio-political bindings that repress images of sexuality into profitable commodities. The body, sex, and intimacy are not idealized or trapped in patriarchal, aesthetic fantasies.

Films

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    Deadman, The
    Experimental

    Deadman, The
    Peggy Ahwesh

    16mm, black and white, sound, 40 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • erotic
    • literary_theatre
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    Nocturne
    Experimental

    Nocturne
    Peggy Ahwesh

    16mm, black and white, sound, 30 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • body
    • literary_theatre
    • psychology_mentalhealth
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    Psycho Pussy Slaughter
    Experimental
    Narrative

    Psycho Pussy Slaughter
    Katherine Bauer

    color, sound, 10 min
    Rental format: DVD NTSC
    • body
    • erotic
    • hand_processed
    • spiritualmystical
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    Crystallus: Discontinuity and Nucleation Phases
    Experimental
    Narrative

    Crystallus: Discontinuity and Nucleation Phases
    Katherine Bauer

    color and b/w, silent, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Body
    • Hand-Processed
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    Chop Off
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Chop Off
    M. M. Serra

    sound, 6 min
    Rental format: DVD NTSC
    • art_artists
    • body
    • queer_bi_trans
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    Trick Film
    Experimental

    Trick Film
    Peggy Ahwesh

    16mm, color, sound, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • erotic
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    Darling International
    Experimental

    Darling International
    Jennifer Reeves

    16mm, black and white, sound, 22 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • erotic

Description

These films undo the socio-political bindings that repress images of sexuality into profitable commodities. The body, sex, and intimacy are not idealized or trapped in patriarchal, aesthetic fantasies.

These films undo the socio-political bindings that repress images of sexuality into profitable commodities. The body, sex, and intimacy are not idealized or trapped in patriarchal, aesthetic fantasies. In Peggy Ahwesh’s The Dead Man, the beauty of female sexual desire is explored in all its complexity without the usual pornographic glossing. The heroine explores her sexual desire without the restrictive gaze of profit and patriarchal satisfaction. All of the films in Femme Fantastic free carnal desire from this gaze. In doing so, they open up a space for evaluating the layers of sexual representation as well as the emotional and physical aspects of unrepressed carnal desire.

Ahwesh's Nocturne begins with the dragging of a nude, unconscious male body. The tactility of the naked flesh struggling against soil is comparable to the images of palpability in Serra's Bitch Beauty, when the heroine's sexual catharsis is conveyed through physical images of bodily peril and renewal. Bauer's Crystallus plays with palpability as well. A woman drenches herself in red liquid. The solidifying, penetrating, crystallized forms that emerge throughout the film, perhaps relating to this red liquid, show how tactility becomes an effective way of expressing carnal desire.