Film Title: “API Hair & Queerness” by Sally Tran (full version)
So two summers ago, I independently worked on a short documentary on how hair plays a role within shaping our identities and explore what are the factors that render them.
Before I began this project, my hair was at the length of my hips. People have told me that during this time, i looked and presented more “straight” and “femme” and that “I was too pretty to be gay.”
Beauty privilege? Passing privilege? Asian privilege?
Every time anyone told me, “Oh you look so fucking pretty because of your hair,” i began to believe that my beauty could only exist because of my long silky black hair.
I felt vulnerable, I felt restricted, i felt conforming. That this piece of hair that was dangling side to side from my scalp is what defined my beauty.
Within queer spaces, i felt as if there were levels of “queer authenticity” that I had to pass in order to be taken seriously. I felt that I wasn’t “queer enough” because I had long hair, and because i had passing privilege, I felt a lot of femmephobia and the pressure to do this DYKE INITIATION and finally cut my hair which is one of the reasons how this project came about.
I wanted to document the experience of individuals within the queer and Asian womyn/trans community throughout California and explore how gender presentation plays a big role in shaping our different, unique, and intersectional identities.
**note this is my first ever film, so theres several glitches in there so be gentle… and i luhh you**
You replied to our last call for volunteers, and we heard ya’ll!
So now we are asking for another few of you with DJ skillz to give us a shout if you’re interested in a guest set at our homecoming party!
* Saturday, 8/24 from 8pm-4am
* One Last Shag in Brooklyn (348 Franklin Ave.)
* 1-2 hour sets per DJ
* Send us a sample mix if you can
We’ll probably want to meet with you briefly in person prior to the party, so let us know your availability! DJs will be compensated.
PHRESH CUTZ is looking for GUEST BARBERS
for our 1-year HOMECOMING party this month!
When: Saturday 8/24 from 8pm-4am
Where: ONE LAST SHAG bar in Brooklyn (348 Franklin Ave.)
We are looking for some fine folks who want to help out with cuts in shifts (time frames fairly flexible) and want to hang out and party with HF1 for our 1-year celebration!
FB event page: Here
email HAIR FORCE ONE if interested: PHRESHCUTZBK@gmail.com
Please tell us your availability and your areas of haircutting expertise: Can you handle a straight razor like a pro? Have you only ever buzzed your boo’s head? Were you known for your perf fades in undergrad? etc.
All guest barbers will be compensated. And really appreciated by us.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
PHRESH CUTZ: HOMECOMING Poster Design Contest
We know that y’all are talented, and we’re giving you an opportunity to showcase that talent by designing the poster for our 1 year anniversary party!
The winner of the contest will win free admission, a $25 bar tab, and invaluable exposure!
submissions must be 18” x 24” include the following:
- Name of the event: “PHRESH CUTZ: HOMECOMING”
- Our Tagline: “A Queer Pop-Up Barbershop and Dance Party”
-The Date: August 24th, 2013
-The time: 8pm - 4 am
-The place: One Last Shag, 348 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
- The cover: free before 10 pm, $5 onward
- Our social media outposts: @PHRESHCUTZ, phreshcutz.tumblr.com, facebook.com/PhreshCutz
submissions may include the following
-DJ names: J YEATS and pussyglitter*
email image(s) as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 5th.
Please submit no more than 3 designs.