Comfort Film presents
Open TV Re-Presents
OpenTV will screen several web series some never screened here in Chicago.
About Re-Presents: In between the first and second cycles we’ll be re-releasing existing web series through Open TV Re-Presents. Open TV Re-Presents is basically our “re-runs.” I’ve asked a select group of artists and producers to combine all the episodes of their series into one “binge-able” file for Open TV beta.
Why re-release series already online? While we like to think of the internet as accessible, in truth people miss interesting and great projects all the time. Algorithms hide programs from us. We get distracted with the hours of video uploaded to the web every minute, not to mention new releases in film, video games, music, art, etc. People tell me all the time they miss programs they swore their social networks would have caught. We clearly need a secondary market for indie TV.
Open TV Re-Presents starts an archive of original series by queer, trans, cis-women, and artists of color. I’m curating shows I find artistic, focused on great writing even in the absence of technical sophistication or lengthy narratives. Some series sacrifice traditional cinematic quality to tell a fuller story, whereas others tease audiences with a short story in order draw them in to fully realized world.
Whatever their relationship to production value, each of these series is historically significant and marks an evolution in television stories by and about queer people. Curl up and enjoy with generosity and love
OUTTAKES- is a lo-fi web series about two trans guys. It is based on the genre of the transition video, videos created by people in the process of transitioning their gender. These videos, created all over the world in bedrooms and living rooms on laptops and webcams, are a way for trans* people to share experiences and information, and to feel less isolated by reaching out and building community online.
MELODY SET ME FREE- Set in a record label ran by dame diva KK Queen (played by Linzy), Patience O'brien (also played by Linzy) continues her journey of being in love and singing. However, she soon realizes it is not the dream she dreamt in MELODY SET ME FREE.
KISSING WALLS- KISSING WALLS is a 3-part comedy that explores work, sex, and friendship between queer 20-somethings living in Chicago.
FILIPINO FUSIONS- FILIPINO FUSIONS is a cooking show by Kiam Marcelo Juino, star of Open TV Presents: Nupita Obama Creates Vogua! In this show Kiam hosts as Jerry Blossom and shows us how to make Filipino food with a vegan twist.
Kiam Junio from Filipino Fusions and Zak Payne and Nathaniel Tenenbaum for Kissing Walls will be in attendance.
About OpenTV: Open TV is a platform for indie arts and artists. We incubate art and artists commercial television studios and networks cannot develop consistently. We believe television is an art but must also showcase different types of art outside of the competition format we see on reality TV. We believe television must be open to diverse identities and their experiences, so we are committed to developing work from artists most often left out of commercial production: queer, trans, and cis-women and people of color. All Open TV artists keep their intellectual property and distribution agreements are non-exclusive. weareopen.tv/about/
Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera.
Film screenings happen every Wednesday at 8pm
Outdoor Film screenings are at dusk (sundown) out on the Comfort Station lawn.
Music performances happen every Thursday at 7pm
Art openings happen the first Saturday of every month, and are displayed for the entirety of the month
All other events happen intermittently
Comfort Film presents