Indiewire’s own Peter Knegt and filmmakers Seyi Adebanjo and Natalia Leite are among the eleven emerging artists that will be paired with more established queer artists in this year’s edition of Queer/Art/Mentorship.
Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ira Sachs and Pilobolus Co-Executive Director Lily Binns, Queer/Art/Mentorship engages the conversation about what it means to generate and curate queer work in New York and, to a greater extent, America. Fellows were selected after a two-month application and review process, and represent five artistic disciplines: performance, literary, film, visual arts, and curatorial.
Adebanjo, who will be working with the documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen on a film that experiments with the ritual, erotic, and gender practices of the Yorùbá religion, is a queer, gender-non-conforming Nigerian artist in the South Bronx. Adebanjo’s films have previously screened at the Bronx Documentary Center and the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival.
Leite, a Brazilian-bred filmmaker who dabbles in music videos, docs, and narratives, will work with Rose Troche on her first feature film entitled “Bare,” about a young woman in Nevada. Along with Alexandra Roxo, she is currently co-directing a VICE documentary and pilot, and recently wrapped production on the web series “Be Here Nowish.”
Canadian Knegt, who has been with Indiewire since 2006, will consult James Lecesne on a literary work based on his experience at “A Pilgrimage,” a portable film festival in the Scottish Highlands organized by Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins. He recently finished filming his first short film, “Good Morning,” and his first book, “About Canada: Queer Rights” — an account of LGBTQ activism in his native country — was released in 2011.
For more on the rest of the fellows, head to the Queer/Art/Mentorship site.