Marfa Dialogues

Dirty Gay Movie Night

March 9, 2017


Dirty Gay* Movie Night
Thursday March 9, 2017
Crowley Theater, Marfa, Texas
Doors at 10pm | Free


Poet Eileen Myles joins forces with Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer to present Dirty Gay Movie Night at this year’s Marfa Myths. This evening’s double-feature includes two hot and heavy classics of *LGBTQ cinema: Bijou (1972) and Community Action Center (2010). The evening will begin with a poem from Eileen and intermission will offer a stretch by local yoga genius Rae Anne Hample.

Community Action Center is a “a small archive of an intergenerational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art.” A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner’s 69-minute “womyn-centric” video work offers arousing new perspectives on sexual aesthetics, gendered bodies, the meaning of porn and the very concept of sex itself.

Wakefield Poole’s Bijou is a trippy classic of American avant-garde cinema and one of the most psychedelic examples of ‘70s gay erotica. Shot on 16mm, the film follows a construction worker as he explores sexual desire and erotic fantasy at an underground club. “It swerves from a near-documentary, realist mode suddenly into a kind of Russian constructivist passage, to an action car chase, a little grainy Warhol and falling we find ourselves in a Frank Wedekind play,” Myles writes of the film for Light Industry. “Sex is a such a rabbit hole in this film and we get treated to such a phantasmagoria of groping and grouping and kaleidoscopic rendering of sex.”

Both films feature graphic sexual content, and the screenings are strictly adults-only. Age restrictions aside, this will be an inclusive evening of boundary-pushing film, poetry and community.


Eileen Myles is the author of 19 books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction. Find more of her work at eileenmyles.com.