Wu Tsang (born 1982) presented a performative lecture and screening about his upcoming feature documentary WILDNESS, combining live narration and excerpts.
WILDNESS depicts the creativity and conflict that arises when queer avant-garde performance artists intersect with community at the historic Los Angeles bar Silver Platter—a 40-year-old, family-owned bar in the MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles that serves as a refuge to the Latina transgender immigrant community.
In 2008, Director Tsang teamed up with Ashland Mines (DJ TOTAL FREEDOM) and Daniel Pineda (1/2 DJ team NGUZUNGUZU) to throw a weekly party at the bar on an off-night of the week. They were inspired by the Silver Platter scene, and built an exciting collaboration with the owners and some of the regulars. For a brief period of time, this unlikely union produced an explosion of underground music, dancing, and art. But the party's rising popularity cast a more mainstream spotlight on the Silver Platter, raising questions about gentrification. Ultimately, real life overcame the drama when the unexpected death of one of the owners transformed the fate of everyone involved.
Tsang is a performer and filmmaker in Los Angeles. His projects have been presented at X-Initiative, New York; Sala de Art Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City; Oberhausen, Germany; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and the New Museum, New York. Tsang was an IFP Documentary Fellow for his first feature WILDNESS.