Anthology Film Archives, 2014, New Filmmakers New York
Local Sightings Festival, 2013, Seattle, WA
CologneOFF IX International Videoart Festival, 2013.
A tribute. A creative act of mourning. An expression of archival desire.
I first learned about Valaida Snow years ago in one of Chicago’s LGBT newspapers, The Windy City Times. Born c.1904, Valaida Snow was a jazz musician who toured northern Europe prior to World War II. The story goes that Valaida was imprisoned for her “friendships” with women and thus exposed for expressing gay desire in Nazi era Denmark. This article remained with me and I pressed on for years in search of a larger context to understand what happened to Valaida Snow. Largely inspired by Isaac Julien’s LOOKING FOR LANGSTON and Cheryl Dunye’s WATERMELON WOMAN, Betwixt and Between became my own performative act to trouble otherwise 'forgotten' histories of jazz instrumentalists and performance artists.