FemmePower TV Launches May 17
Quality queer content for quarantine.
Created by Heather María Ács of FemmePower Productions, this new platform launches Sunday, May 17 (5:00pm PST/7:00pm CT/8:00pm EST) featuring innovative and intersectional web series, narrative, experimental, and documentary short films. Tune in on Twitch as Mx. Heather María hosts the FemmePower TV virtual launch party with a brilliant bevy of filmmakers and special guests!
Don’t miss Queerantine, a stellar program of award-winning and underground queer artists:
● FQ Chronicles; a comedic web series about the lives of four black trans women as they navigate love, life, trade, and ki-king in the city of Detroit; created by black trans women themselves, including Ahya Simone and Paige Wood (Supported by Trans Sistas of Color Project-Detroit and Sundance Institute).
● Reclamation; White people have left Earth en masse for Mars, leaving behind Indigenous people who are reclaiming their territories and healing their planet; from Toronto-based Thirza Cuthand, foundational experimental, queer filmmaker whose work explores sexuality, madness, queer identity and love, and Indigeneity.
● Mercy Mistress; Mistress Yin, a Chinese American New York City Dominatrix, curates the fantasies of others and heals trauma with pain, while contending with the realities of immigrant family life; Written by Yin Q, Starring Poppy Liu, Director/Editor Amanda Madden, EP Margaret Cho.
● PAISA; an immersive fever dream that celebrates the beauty of queer brown sensuality, body positivity and individuality; Based on a concept by LA-based, non-binary Latinx musician, Dorian Wood (Creative Capital Award 2020), Directed by Graham Kolbeins and Dorian Wood.
● Mouth Wide Open; a routine trip to the dentist becomes a surreal and sexy femme fantasy; created by Siobhan Aluvalot, an SF-based experiemental filmmaker, DJ, and member of the infamous STUD queer bar collective; Starring Shawna Shawnté and Fanciulla Gentile with Stevie Anntonym.
● AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman; a sneak peek from the forthcoming feature documentary about trans and ACT-UP activist, Connie Norman, an ACT UP/LA spokesperson and self-appointed “AIDS DIVA” in early 90’s Los Angeles; directed by Dante Alencastre.
● Flu$h; the online premiere of FemmePower Productions’ first film about a group of queer hustlers in Brooklyn and a domination session that goes awry; Actor/Writer/Director, Heather María Ács.
Statement from the Founder of FemmePower TV:
“As a short film maker, I always wished there were more platforms for short format projects-I didn’t know I would end up making one myself. Though there is an abundance of independent queer content, there are few online platforms to showcase this exceptional work. Queer audiences deserve to see themselves reflected and have access to the visionary stories queer artists work tirelessly to produce. For marginalized artists, this often means the only option is to create short films or low-budget video projects. If these projects are even able to make a festival run, what audiences do they reach? Where do these projects live afterward? I started FemmePower TV to bring quality queer content to communities in quarantine and create a platform for short-format, queer, independent projects.
Marginalized stories/characters have received new levels of attention and there has been an unprecedented clamor for trans and queer actors. However, Hollywood’s curiosity does not guarantee that our stories will be told with respect, accuracy, or care. It is imperative that we control our own narratives, gain access to the resources necessary to tell our stories, and expand current available platforms to reach queer audiences and beyond. In this era of mainstream LGBT visibility, it is crucial to support work that represents an array of marginalized queer experiences, especially those that are authentic and intersectional.
My projects are love letters to my communities and gifts to the world beyond. I am an award-winning queer, mixed-race Anglo-Xicana, cis, femme artist (she/her/Mx.) who has worked in film, performance, and community arts organizing for decades. FemmePower Productions is a Brooklyn-based media company creating and curating original, queer content. We believe representation matters and commit to creating the change we want to see in media and culture.”
About Heather María Ács:
Heather María Ács is an award-winning performer, writer, and filmmaker whose work explores queer, radical subcultures, punk/d.i.y. aesthetics, and femme-inine identities. Her company, FemmePower Productions commits to intersectional equity on screen and behind the scenes. Her films have screened at the prestigious LGBT/queer film festivals, Outfest Los Angeles and Newfest NYC, as well as Oaxaca International Film Festival (Mexico), Seattle Queer FF, Contrast FF (Austin), and Long Beach QFF. She is the Co-Founder of Heels on Wheels, a queer femme-inine spectrum, gender-inclusive performance collective, and winner of the LAMBDA Literary Award for Glitter & Grit, a queer performance anthology. She is working-class raised, Appalachian, and mixed-race Anglo-Xicana and a certified intimacy coordinator with the Intimacy Professionals Association.