Good Reads: Feminist critiques on short films in Cleo Journal
With this issue of cléo, : an issue on short films! vol. 5, issue 2
There’s a challenge to writing tight, and all of the authors rose to the occasion, exploring their films and filmmakers with keen, concise nuance.
Monica Uszerowicz reflects on her first sense of sexual desire as reflected in the queer short by Camila Saldarriaga ¡Mais Duro!.Chelsea Phillips-Carr, who will be joining our editorial team on the next issue, highlights the colonialist mindset behind Barbara Loden’s The Frontier Experience. Child’s play and “time mismanagement” are the common thread linking Andrea Arnold’s Wasp and Lynne Ramsay’s Small Deaths according to Juan Velàsquez-Buriticá, and returning cléo contributor Willow Maclay digs into the uncompromising Riot Grrrl attitude of Sarah Jacobson’s I Was A Teenage Serial Killer. Ayanna Dozier studies how L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Alile Sharon Larkin edits anti-Blackness into plain view in The Kitchen and Courtney Duckworth explores laughter in the face of violence as a feminist survival strategy in Cecelia Condit’s Possibly in Michigan. Last, Michael Sicinski reflects on provocation and embodiment as throughlines to avant-garde tradition in the cinema of Nazlı Dinçel.
Cover art is by Lola Landrick, who says of the image: The cover illustration is a spoof of a character from Robert Crumb’s 1968 one-page comic Keep On Truckin’ which features merry bands of men confidently striding across vast spaces and cityscapes. For cléo‘s shorts issue, the figure takes on a femme film form, strutting confidently in hope and strength and cut-offs. Friends, keep on keeping on.