Queer Abolitionist Drive-in Film Series


Ronika McClain, Christee Imogen Henry, and Alden DiCamillo, in affiliation with Southerners on New Ground, Athens Cultural Affairs Committee, Rabbit Hole Studios, Athens Mutual Aid Network, ATHICA, and Lemon Drop Studio present a series of films curated by Ronika McClain to be shown outdoors via a drive-in theater provided by Rabbit Hole Studio. These films present the history and nuance of queer abolition of systems of policing, incarceration, and state-driven debilitation.

Location: Rabbit Hole Studio Outdoor Parking and Garden area
1001 Winterville Rd, Athens, GA 30605

All events free of charge, but slots for parking must be reserved online at athensmutualaid.net or bit.ly/QueerAbolitionist

Desire (June 25th): 8 PM – 12 AM
Shakedown (Leilah Weinraub), THE LIVING END (Gregg Araki)
These two films  show queer desire in all its perverse, frustrating, problematic, wild and untameable glory.

History (July 16th): 8 PM – 12 AM
United in Anger (Jim Hubbard), Disclosure (Sam Feder), Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
These three films ask us to consider what it means to act up and out as queers. They present histories that remain at the forefront of our political minds as we head into a cycle of conservative crackdowns on our ungovernable selves.

Camp (July 30th): 8 PM – 12 AM
But I’m A Cheerleader (Jamie Babbitt), Hairspray (John Waters), Bound (Wachowski Sisters)
These three films are “bad” but “good” —campy and fabulous. Although the Metropolitan Museum of Art may have something different to say about camp (via its 2019 Gala), it has always been a queer way of lampooning the straight world we all have to navigate. Camp is bad taste used for good use by weird people. It’s dry, dark humor clothed in neon.

(Black) Future POSTPONED
Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye), Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
These two films present imagined and real futures for us. Queer folks often have to dig to find their own histories and stories, and to bring them into the present requires us to see time in a multidimensional and non-linear sense. For me, the future is Black, empathetic, enthusiastic, full of desire and potential.

More information on the events can be found at athensmutualaid.net