Next Event // November 2018 // LA
SUBMISSION FORMS ONLY ARE DUE AUGUST 31ST& WORKS MUST BE COMPLETED BY OCTOBER 13TH.
Curator // antone
Curatorial Team // Lauren West, Nikki Darling, & Suzy Sounds
Failed Films LA is stretch marks, braces, acne, sploshing, pits, pubes, stains, you have something in your teeth, toe nail clippings, jock straps, strap ons, drenched tampons, flip fucking in the flowers, glitter cum, bruised, ripe, fat, soaking wet, short, flaccid, striking, self given haircuts, homemade, skinny, fragile, alien, positive, trashy, saintly, hellish, tough, royal, toilet paper stuck under your shoe, shameless, balls deep, sneaker sniffing, rejected, thick, rainbow tears, insecure, lovesick, adventurous, buff, rejected, fringe, kinky, shapeshifting, under the table fingering, jerking off in the bathroom on the clock, a phone call to your best friend to cheer them up, toilet seat kissing, butch and femme, campy, ethereal, breastfeeding, black eye having, queefing, lipstick smudged, regal, perverted, consent required, cupcake sitting, chunky mascara running, gender celebrating, feral, pillow biting, nerdy, obscure, shy, spell casting, arm pit licking, pussy dripping, balding, bubble gum popping, dragged out, graffiti sprouting, paradise scheming, underground, hairy, fan clacking, wig snatching, crooked, fisting after a fresh manicure, shoe untied, high heel stomping, puppy play whimpering, door opening, ripped jeans, lip syncing, latex dreaming, face beat to the gods, starry eyed, moon howling, spit drinking, naked dancing, queer conjuring, spirit lifting, and community shifting festival.
Failed Films LA showcases artist in all stages of their expressions and from all walks of life. We seek to celebrate those among us who function on the periphery and bring them into focus. We exist outside of the conventional art world standards in disorder to bring you a festival where you feel safe and encouraged to embrace the radical self expressions and wild imaginative antics you and those around you dare to share.
All of Failed Films’ festival profits will go directly back to our artists, enabling them to continue making work. Since its inception in Fall 2016, our events have successfully featured over a hundred pieces of art, carving out a much needed space for new work and emerging artists. Our goal is to become a sustainable quarterly event that is able to provide grants, resources, and an audience for local artwork with a non-traditional approach.
Submitting to Failed Films:
We accept ideas, installations, films, halves of films, quarters of films, bloody tampons in glass boxes, photography, and more! Send us what we don’t expect.
We are particularly excited by works produced specifically for a Failed Films event.
Every body, every expression welcomed. Priority given to marginalized bodies / trans / queer / fat / POC / disabled artists.
Whether your piece is complete or in development, all submissions must include submission form found by clicking "SUBMIT" button.
About the Fall 2018 Curatorial Team:
antone is a restless and faithful artist currently residing in The City of Angels. Through his art he seeks to disarm and encourage people to open doors for one another, chance as much heartbreak as possible, and become more vulnerable. He tells his stories through film making, writing, photo taking, illustrating, dancing, acting, performance art and flower picking.
Lauren West is a costume designer and collage artist working out of Los Angeles, California. Lauren sources editorials from mid-century to late 1970's publications including Life and Playboy magazine to extract and reassemble images focusing on themes of feminism, sexuality, and vulnerability. With Failed Films she hopes to nurture and embolden emerging artists to be as shamelessly raw and uninhibited as possible, while creating a physical space for their work to come to life.
Nikki Darling has been a sex worker advocate, sex educator, porn performer, and performance artist for the last seven years. She is a Lusty Lady Alumni. Her film director debut, True Colors with Kira Noir, was screened at Failed Films Festival in Oakland in 2016. She was a speaker to over 200 people at the recent Sex Workers & Community Protest to Oppose FOSTA/SESTA in Oakland in June of 2018. Outside of her busy as shit schedule, you can often catch her playing head chef in her own kitchen, serving gourmet cuisine to all her friends and family. Nikki is currently working on a film that will capture the essence of black, female orgasms through their facial expressions. Follow her work on Twitter: @nikki_darlingxo
Suzy Sounds is a Los Angeles based music producer and supervisor working with innovative and new artists across platforms. Suzy Sounds works for the freaks, the kinks and the weirdos to help them execute their vision and realize their potential.
About the Founders:
Grace Mendenhall is a multimedia artist with a background in documentary film and photography. Her work has appeared in publications like Playboy and The Bay Bridged, and has been featured at a number of film festivals, including La Fete du Slip, CineKink NYC, and the San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Art Festival. She currently works as a freelance video editor and animator.
Jonah Strauss is a production designer for rock and roll bands, and has toured internationally with indie luminaries such as Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, and Blonde Redhead. He currently runs Survivor Sound, an Oakland-based analog recording studio and live concert recording service.
Christopher Gates is a Bay Area creator and producer. You can find his fingerprints on local productions such as We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work visual art exhibition and event series at SOMArts, the Ask First Consent Campaign, and Cum & Glitter - A Live Sex Show. He is currently feeding himself by working in media. Feast or famine, Christopher is dedicated to cultivating opportunities and spaces for Bay Area artists.
Note: all performers and attendees must be over the age of 18.
These events are nonprofit. All proceeds above operating expenses go to the artists. Please contact us if you are interested in funding commissions for this or future events.