A screen near you

Welcome to the inaugural installation of our bi-weekly local film column, listing the latest in San Antonio cinema culture.

We’re starting things off with a bang, as in the kind that accompanies the human cannonball, which may or may not have something to do with the upcoming Psychedelic Candy Circus. The sweet fundraiser benefits Art & the Hood, a documentary spearheaded by local film producer, director, and writer Kimberly Suta. The doc takes a broad view of the term “art,” and endeavors to follow creative minds like fashion designer Agosto Cuellar, performer Jade Esteban Estrada, photographer Mari Hernandez, filmmaker Eric Fonseca and more as they describe doing what they love in SA.

“What makes San Antonio unique? What’s good and bad about being an artist here?” Suta asks over lunch near her Southtown office. Suta hopes the film is but the first installment to explore this inexhaustible topic.

One thing that frequently stifles ambitious creative output is funding, and that’s where the Psychedelic Candy Circus comes in. Estrada will perform a stand-up routine, joining several circus-themed acts with music by Hyperbubble and DJ JJ Lopez. The arts community grants its seal of approval by contributing mightily to a silent auction. The proverbial big tent opens at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 13 at Backstage Live (1305 E. Houston St.). For ticket information call (210) 725-2339 or visit knyphknautproductions.com.

One artist who will always have a home in San Antonio is the gorgeous Erica Andrews, one of the Current’s most fabulous fairy dragmothers `See “The house that Tandi built,” June 9, 2010`. Andrews stars in Ticked Off Trannies With Knives, released on DVD November 9. In the campy gore fest, Andrews plays Emma Grashun, one of a bevy of beauties beaten and left for dead by a homophobe named Boner. The divas don’t stay down for long and vow to put on their hottest dominatrix gear and exact bloody revenge on their haters. “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives was created because of the hate crimes toward the gay community,” wrote director Israel Luna in a press release. “What flew me over the top was my dissatisfaction of the gay community’s response. Quotes like, ‘Let’s take this opportunity to educate and understand the bashers’ or ‘Let’s fight hate with love.’ I thought ‘HELL NO!’ Why do we have to be nice-y-nice? Why can’t we, as gay people, get angry? Why can’t we get mad?” Luna certainly pissed off some in the transgender community who called the film “exploitative,” and objected to the “Tranny” title. But TOTWK still screened at the TriBeCa film fest this year and is available to rent through Netflix. Put it on your queue and decide if it’s trashy or classy yourself.

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