. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Želimir Žilnik: MARBLE ASS

Friday, October 6, 6:00 p.m. For more than 50 years, renowned Serbian director Želimir Žilnik has produced a body of trailblazing and politically committed films. A key member of Yugoslavia’s rebellious Black Wave film movement of the 1960s and a pioneer of docufiction, Žilnik’s perspective was shaped by atrocity at the hands of Nazis, Yugoslavia’s […]

Su Friedrich: TODAY

Thursday, September 7, 8:30 p.m. Join renowned filmmaker Su Friedrich for the Chicago premiere of her latest feature TODAY. “Challenges us to look at what’s right in front of us.” – Rhea Nayyar, Hyperallergic For nearly a half-century, Su Friedrich has played a pivotal role in American queer cinema and autobiographical film with her rich and […]


Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. Join legendary filmmaker Su Friedrich for a screening of her contemporary classics SINK OR SWIM  and RULES OF THE ROAD. “[A] personal chronicle about language, memory, and Dad that strikes hard, and deep.” – Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice “[Friedrich] creates a film like a perfect short story.” – Stuart Klawans, The Nation […]

October 10 – Zach Blas: Obedient x3

 Zach Blas in person Wry and provocative, the work of multidisciplinary artist Zach Blas (Post-Bac 2006) examines technologies of social control through the lens of queer and feminist politics. In recent years, his projects have addressed biometric capture, microdosing, the hegemony of the Internet, and sex toys. Blas presents a suite of these projects, including the Chicago premiere of Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033 (2018). Using Derek Jarman’s […]

March 28 – Disorienting Diasporas

Curators Nima Esmailpour and Jordan Arseneault in person    Since 2006, the Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project (QMDCQ) has worked to resuscitate a rich heritage of queer moving-image makers and their works. Curated by the QMDCQ in partnership with the Montréal-based collective Taklif: تکلیف, Disorienting Diasporas is a migrant mixtape par excellence. Spanning nearly two decades […]

Refiguring Binaries

Curator Kelani Nichole in person In recent years, the contours of a new contemporary art movement have begun to emerge, forged in reaction to the ideologies of Silicon Valley, the platforming and globalization of culture, and technologies of power like artificial intelligence, photorealistic computer-generated images, and virtual and augmented reality. These “Simulists” simultaneously embrace and […]

Special Preview: Marvin J. Taylor interviewed for Video Data Bank

Marvin J. Taylor, Director of Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University sat down with Conversations at the Edge’s program assistant George William Price to talk about his thoughts on the emotional archive, the ethics of custodianship, and the cultural scene of 1980’s Downtown New York City. This interview will be released as part of Video […]