Director Wu Tsang featured in T Magazine's 12 for 2012


Photo by Graeme Mitchell

Wu TSANG The personal films and video installations created by the artist Wu Tsang explore issues of transgender identity and have been shown at MoMA, where ‘‘Wildness’’ will screen on Dec. 16, and as part of both the 2012 Whitney Biennial and 2012 New Museum Triennial. (Tsang was the only artist to appear in both prestigious surveys.) Tsang identifies as transfeminine, which carries plenty of complicated social and political meaning. And he happens to look fierce in a dress.

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Wildness Featured in MoMA's Contenders Series

Every year there are films that resonate far beyond a theatrical release—if they manage to find their way to a commercial screen at all—or film festival appearance. Their significance can be attributed to a variety of factors, from structure to subject matter to language, but these films are united in their lasting impact on the cinematic art form. For this recurring series, the Department of Film combs through major studio releases and the top film festivals in the world, selecting influential, innovative films made in the past 12 months that we believe will stand the test of time. Whether bound for awards glory or destined to become a cult classic, each of these films is a contender for lasting historical significance, and any true cinephile will want to catch them on the big screen.

Sunday, December 16, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1


Morelia International Film Festival - Mexico Premiere


LA Times feature on Wildness & Wu Tsang

(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The collision of the two undergrounds — and the unintended consequences of the party's growing popularity — is chronicled in a documentary by Tsang that plays at Outfest on Saturday, July 21. The Silver Platter, with its glittering drapes and sultry pink lights, is the unmistakable star of the film, also called "Wildness." Voiced by a transgender actress from Guatemala, the bar literally speaks, whispering about the generations of gays who have found sanctuary there, away "from the ignorance, the fear and hatred of the outside world." Read More


Wu Tsang interview for LA Record

(christina von messling)

When Wu Tsang and friends started Wildness, a party and performance night at the Silver Platter in MacArthur Park, they had no idea that in a very short space of time it would become something that everyone was talking about, find itself at the center of an ongoing debate about gentrification, and then cease to be entirely. Now a few years later, Tsang has finished directing a magical realist documentary called Wildness that tells the story not just of a weekly Tuesday night party, but also the story of a neighborhood, a bar, and the people who were part of it. Charles Mallison revisits Wu Tsang now that Wildness is showing in Los Angeles. Read More