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Second Life: The Gays are Coming 2

If you missed the screening of these short films in November, you have a second chance to see a series of queer Korean short films.

There are three screenings:

On Wednesday (2/26), you can see the films starting at 7 pm near Chungmuro Station at Oh! Zemidong Theater. (The theater is in the station).

Queer Film Release: 20

The new queer short film 20 (produced by 99) has posted screening times for the premier.

Filming a Documentary with Arirang TV

A couple months ago we were asked to participate in a documentary Arirang TV was making about safety in Korea. It is a topic we’ve been wanting to cover for a long time, so we agreed to be a part of it. We get a lot of safety related questions, and it’s always seemed to a be topic we could cover over the span of 3 or 4 videos. This Arirang TV documentary will focus on safety of students in school, and also cover women’s safety services in Seoul.


So, long October! My last full month in certainly kept me busy.

Rock Piles on Jirisan

I climbed the biggest mountain peak in Korea, Jirisan. We did a little miscalculation with the amount of daylight that we had left and nearly had to finish it in the dark. This was made even scarier by the fact that there were 'Beware of the Bear' signs up all over the forest. Check out the link if you want to see some good mountainside fashion...or not!

2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival Tours the Country

Missed out on the 2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival in June?? No worries!

The festival is traveling around Korea in the upcoming month.

Queer Short Film Crowdfunding: 20 (이십)

I love this new initiative by directors to crowdfunding their films in order to start film production. One films that is being advertised on IvanCity is a Korean queer short film called 20.

Directed by 백인규 (In-gyu Baek), it looks like funding has already been realized so we can hopefully see this film later this fall. Here's the trailer.

Busan International Film Festival 2013

This week has been Busan's International Film Festival. A week long celebration of film. We'd tried to get tickets but they all sold out really quickly, so we have managed to get our hands on a couple of cancellations.

To be honest, the most enjoyable part has been just hanging around the square and soaking up the atmosphere, particularly over the weekend when the typhoon was supposed to hit and was causing mischief by blowing empty chairs and cups everywhere. We also paid a visit to the Cinema Museum.

The museum was pretty bizarre. It was a collection of busts of famous characters from Hollywood films that a Korean music composer has collected to 'decorate his man cave' as it was worded on the information. Some of it was pretty terrifying to look around, and I wasn't surprised to see one little Korean boy crying his eyes out due to pure horror!

Film Event: Transnational Korea in Queer Cinema

Great event coming up in October organized by my friend and Fulbright scholar Todd Henry. The day will focus on queer history through film from the 1950s to present.

BIFF Newsletter - Official Trailer and Audience Services


Reading List: My Queer Korea: Identity, Space, and the 1998 Seoul Queer Film & Video Festival

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