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'Out of the Closet' Series at Ithaca College Screens 'Riot Acts' Rockumentary

ITHACA, NY — The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series at Ithaca College will present “Riot Acts” on Tuesday, April 2. The rockumentary, which explores the multi-faceted lives of transgender and gender variant musicians, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Textor 103. It is free and open to the public.

Each story told in “Riot Acts” is one of a journey in progress through a first-hand perspective of the intersections between gender performance and stage performance. The featured individuals and bands are celebrated as talented, inspiring, sexy, critical and fully three-dimensional in a manner that purposefully counters the vision of isolation and destitution frequently portrayed in mainstream media.

Intensive interviews weave through travel and performance footage, while sequences are juxtaposed visually by the mergers of 16mm film, super 8 film, video and still imagery. Experimental uses of audio and sound, as well as the complexity of the original music of the interviewees themselves, contribute to this mixed media documentary.

The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services. The theme of this year’s series is “Music: From A Cappella to Queercore.” For more information, visit