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Outfest 2011
The 29th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
By Filmmaker & Artist Nao Bustamante

Nao Bustamante
Tel: 646 232 3104

One Night Only!
Nao Bustamante's Filmformance & Jack Smith's Short film!
Saturday, July 16, 2011, 7:30 PM
REDCAT Theatre
at Walt Disney Concert Hall
$13, Members $9
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Silver & Gold
(USA, 2010, 45 mins)
Directed By: Nao Bustamante
SILVER & GOLD is Nao Bustamante's new creation, a living, breathing "filmformance" combining film, live performance, audience interaction and original campy costumes. She is inspired by queer godfather filmmaker Jack Smith and channels his muse, 1940s Dominican movie star Maria Montez, in a bizarre and radical exploration of race, glamour and the silver screen. This is Bustamante's first full production of Silver & Gold in the Los Angeles area. A trailer may be seen at:

Preceding Silver & Gold is a very special screening:
I Was A Male Yvonne De Carlo
(USA, 1979, 20 mins)
Directed By: Jack Smith
Avant-garde provocateur and queer godfather, Jack Smith is Yvonne De Carlo, the antithesis of Maria Montez and false movie goddess in this rare document of Jack Smith in performance on film.

Later that night, at the Alexandria Hotel…
Platinum 10th Anniversary Party!

Outfest, Lez at the Mezz and Mustache Mondays present NIGHT MOVES: THE PLATINUM 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY

The 10th anniversary celebration will climax with NIGHT MOVES: THE PLATINUM 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY at the haunted Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles where hostess Nao Bustamante will guarantee you dance, sweat and squeal to the music spun by DJ AUTOMATON and DJ Kim Ahn.  Artists including The Ladyboys of Sweaty Sundays choreographed by Ryan Heffington, Heather Cassils, Christopher Kreiling, Vagina Wolf with PERMS, Pigs in the Parlour, Drew Droege, and Crafternoon among others will pepper the party, hide in the shadows and perform work inspired by the space.

Alexandria Hotel, Mezzanine Level
9:30 PM - 2:00 AM
$10 cover at the door, $5 with Platinum ticket stub or Outpass

Outlaws, renegades, art stars, trendsetters and underground smut have participated in Platinum through the years.  Ron Athey, Vaginal Cream Davis, Shari Frilot, Bruce LaBruce, Barbara Hammer, Hans Scheirl, Tom Chomont, Arthur Russell, Peter Berlin, Jenn Reeves, Penny Arcade, Catherine Opie, Juliana Snapper, among others… the list is longer than Carolee Schneemann's scroll.

S y n o p s i s

Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, and original costumes into a self-proclaimed "filmformance" in which Ms. Bustamante evokes the muse of legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his tribute to 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez in a magical and joyfully twisted exploration of race, glamour, sexuality, and the silver screen.
In this performance event she alternates between action and live narration of an eight minute film projection. Inspired by iconic underground filmmaker Jack Smith, Bustamante interprets Smith's muse: 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez. Honing-in on Smith's interest in Hollywood's obsession with filmic reproduction of the exotic, Bustamante embodies Miss Montez. Using video, live voiceover, audience interaction, and the body as a source of backdrop, narrative, and emotion, she takes the spectator on a bizarre and radical journey as she discovers a new bejeweled body part, which is at once her curse and oracle. This new performance is the fruit of a commission by the LIVE FILM/ Jack Smith festival, co-organized by Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater (HAU) in Berlin.

A r t i s t B i o g r a p h y

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known and loved artist, originally from the San Joaquin Valley of California; cutting her teeth as an artist in the San Francisco "Art Scene" between 1984-2001. She attended San Francisco Art Institute, where she fell under the influence of the notorious New Genres Department. She now resides in upstate New York, where she teaches and canoes with her poodle, Fufu (who also has an IMDB page).

Bustamante's at times precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. The New York Times says, "She has a knack for using her body." Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at venues and festivals across the globe, including Outfest – Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, MIX New York City, MIX Brasil, and the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Bustamante is popularly known for her appearance in the Bravo Network television show "A Work of Art: The Next Great Artist," where she made her mark as a messy and complex character.

The Theatre Communications Group in the book, "Out of the Fringe," as well as the "Theatre Drama Review," published by the MIT Press, has published Bustamante. In 2000 she received the GLBT Historical Society Arts Award. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. Currently, Bustamante holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.