LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street
Existing as an organic blend of documentary and narrative film elements, Thick Relations is a snapshot of an urban, queer community. Featuring a motley crew of compelling queer anti-heroes, the film constructs and calls forth queer accounts of time, space, and relationality which are unscripted by conventional or institutional forms of social belonging. Thick Relations is a Chosen Family affair and an Anti-RomCom; it defies narrative resolution and allows for relational ambiguity. The film subverts romantic tropes and opts to trace the ways that chosen family arrangements embrace a different logic of love, alliance, and identification. It is an ambiguous cinematic space where every day tasks, dinner conversations, and sexual themes all run parallel in an open and unresolved fashion. Inside of this current, the film’s central characters are permitted to express love in incalculable ways. Thick Relations is a celebration of a queer counterpublic that embraces desire/pleasure as its primary, orienting ethos.
Born in Chicago and raised in Philadelphia, Jules Rosskam received his BA in Painting and Writing from Bennington College in 2001 and a MFA in Film, Video, New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. In 2005 Rosskam premiered his first feature film transparent, which has screened in over 50 film festivals and had its broadcast premiere on PBS. As the former Executive Producer of the legendary non-profit media arts organization Dyke TV, Rosskam produced award-winning cable access television shows for the queer community. Currently a visiting Assistant Professor of Video Production at Hampshire College, Rosskam is also a fine artist whose paintings, installations, and performances have shown in galleries and venues throughout the U.S. Visit http://www.julesrosskam.com.