Rhys Ernst 01S, a 2014 Whitney Biennial artist and award-winning filmmaker will screen his films She Gone Rogue, a collaborative film made with Zackary Drucker, The Thing, and The Drive North on March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Liebling Center.
She Gone Rogue: "Darling" (transgender artist Zackary Drucker) chases a lost love down a rabbit hole and encounters legendary transgender performers Holly Woodlawn, Vaginal Davis, and Flawless Sabrina in this fantastical take on the Hero's Journey. Ernst positions his filmmaking in a "New Trans Cinema" that complicates gender representation in narrative cinema and places queer and transgender characters within larger narratives.
She Gone Rogue was commissioned for the 2012 "Made in LA" Los Angeles Biennial at the Hammer Museum. Past screening venues include Oberhausen, Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and in Los Angeles at UCLA Hammer Museum, REDCAT, and LACE.
Ernst earned an MFA in film/ video at CalArts and a B.A. from Hampshire. His MFA thesis film, The Thing, premiered at Sundance 2012.
Ernst was a producer/editor for MTV Networks, associate producer for Masterclass (HBO), associate producer for Coming Out Stories (LOGO), and adjunct professor of video at Queens College (CUNY). He was named 2010 HBO Point Scholar and a 2012 Project: Involve Fellow. He received a 2003 Princess Grace Award Honorarium and a Gold Plaque at the 2003 Chicago International Film Festival. He recently completed directing a 35mm short adaptation of the life of transgender pioneer Vicki Marlene and is developing a new feature.
Work featured in Whitney Biennial