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March 1-3, 2024

Friday, March 1

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PANELS

WHERE: University of Arizona, Gender and Women's Studies Conference Room, 925 N. Tyndall ave.

1-2:30pm Theory in the Flesh, Cripping Sex Work: On Madness, Disability, and Sex Work in the Borderlands, (Yolteotl Gomez, PhD candidate, Dharmakrishna  Mirza, Ivana Radačić, R. Rose Reza & Professor William Simmons)

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3:30-5:00pm  Representations of sex workers of color in film and TV (Monica Jones of The Outlaw Project, Kristen Lovell, Filmmaker The Stroll, Njaila Rhee, New Jersey Red Umbrella Project)

Friday Feature: The Stroll, (director Kristen Lovell in Person!)

WHERE: The Screening Room, 127 E Congress Street
WHEN: Friday, March 1 @ 7pm (reception 6pm in Lobby)

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When Kristen Lovell moved to NYC and began to transition, she was fired from her job. Like many transgender women of color during this era, she began sex work in an area known as "The Stroll" in the meatpacking district of lower Manhattan. Reuniting her sisters to tell this essential New York story from their first-hand experiences, Kristen’s intimate narration and interviews bring an astonishing array of archival material of bygone New York from the 1970s through the early 2000s to life. Nominated for a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award.

Saturday, March 2 - Shorts

WHERE: The Screening Room, 127 E Congress Street
WHEN: Saturday, March 2 @ 2pm 

Fly in Power spotlights the work of Asian migrant massage and sex workers of Red Canary Song,  a mutual aid, abolitionist collective. We follow the stories of Charlotte (a Korean massage worker/poet), KhoKhoi (bodyworker/healer), and Prof. Elena Shih (Brown University, global human trafficking researcher) as well as the broader Red Canary Song community. The film is a glimpse into their practices of care, autonomy, and survival against the oppressive systems that face Asian massage parlour workers and sex workers.

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Lady Los Angeles is a narrative short by writer/director Antonia Crane
It is her first directorial debut. Lady Los Angeles’ world premiere was in Seattle in May 2023 at the TRANSlations film festival: “Trans Through Time.” It was also selected to screen at
OUTFEST 2023 in a block about sex workers called “She Works Hard for the Money.” The
screening was sold out and well attended in Los Angeles at the historic REDCAT theater.
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Stiletto - A sadistic client follows a young stripper home after work, only to find out she was more than he bargained for.

Special Rough-Cut Preview - Manifesting Monica Jones

WHERE: The Screening Room, 127 E Congress Street
WHEN: Saturday, March 2 @ 4pm 

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After being arrested for charges that are in violation of UN human rights standards, Monica Jones challenges the constitutionality of the Arizona laws limiting her freedom of expression and sexuality. This is a decision that unhinges her world and propels her to redefine her personhood and place in society. 

 

Monica Jones is an inspirational leader for communities of sex workers and trans people of color who was born and raised in Phoenix. She has been advocating for gender justice since 2010. In 2013, after speaking at a public action protesting rights violating arrests in Phoenix she was herself arrested. In partnership with local and national organizations, Monica Jones created a campaign that garnered global attention about the injustice of the statutes that facilitated arresting her for “walking while trans.” This successful two year long campaign opened the way for discussion in the media about both the laws used to criminalize trans people and the complicity of “diversion” programs such as Project ROSE. Her case is now frequently cited in legal and policy briefs in support of strategic litigation and campaigns in other jurisdictions. In 2016 she founded the Outlaw Project prioritizing the leadership of Transgender Women, BIPOC, gender non-binary, migrant and sex worker folks and she is creating an innovative tiny homes housing project in Tucson for trans people. 

Saturday Feature, The Celluloid Bordello

WHERE: The Screening Room, 127 E Congress Street
WHEN: Saturday, March 2 @ 7pm 

Since the dawn of cinema, sex workers have served as muses to movie-makers. From white slavery pictures like The Girl Who Went Astray to countless dramas and rom-coms such as Midnight Cowboy, Risky Business and Pretty Woman, hookers, hustlers, call girls, street walkers and strippers have been staples of the silver screen. They are fantasy figures, cautionary tales, or punchlines, brutalized, killed off, scorned, sometimes rescued and almost always represented as if no sex worker is in the audience. 

The Celluloid Bordello brings sex workers to the cinema. With equal parts historical overview, critique, and homage, this eye-opening film lets real-life dommes, escorts, porn stars and hustlers tell you which films they love and which they hate, which get it right and which miss the mark, and, most importantly, how perpetuating stereotypes in media affects real peoples’ lives. 

Reading - The Cliterati,
featuring Ruby Starr & Danny Gold

WHERE: Splinter Collective, 901 N 13th Avenue
WHEN: Saturday, March 2 @ 6pm 

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SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY!!!!
Featuring Monica Beverly Hillz,
of RuPaul's Drag Race!!!

WHERE: Splinter Collective, 901 N 13th Avenue
WHEN: Saturday, March 2 @ 7pm - ?
TICKETS: $10-25 (sliding scale), buy at the door.

Sunday Closed Session for Sex Workers Only
Healing, skill share, community building, celebration of International Sex Workers Rights Day!

WHERE: TBA
WHEN: Sunday, March 3 @ noon 

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