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Elliat&Celeste

“ART Heart: Children of Riot Grrrl” is a feature film created, produced and directed by collaborators Celeste Chan and Elliat Graney-Saucke.

ART Heart is an experimental art documentary. It is a video zine for future queer teens, merging personal narratives with larger community histories. Starring: femme friendship, insider/outsider perspectives, inspirations and absences. ART Heart is both celebration & critique, documenting the cultural significance of Riot Grrrl in the Pacific Northwest. Stay tuned for ways to get involved!! ‪#‎ArtHeartmovie‬ ‪#‎riotgrrrl‬ ‪#‎pacificnw‬ ‪#‎queerteens‬

 

BACKGROUND:

Elliat and Celeste met in 2002 in Olympia, Washington on the Film Committee for the first Homo-a-Gogo. They became friends, as did their alter egos of Larry and Mitch (raunchy ‘no-homo’ drag kings). The duo later moved on from Olympia. Celeste migrated to Portland and then San Francisco (her current home). Elliat left her home town for Seattle, then Berlin for the majority of 10 years, and then returned back to Seattle. With Elliat’s return to the states, the two friends had a chance to catch up. Cue long talks about the need for femme feminism, their parallel queer coming-of-age stories in the Pacific Northwest, and their mutual desires for ART as a primary force in their lives.

“ART Heart: Children of Riot Grrrl” was conceived as a short zine-style film, giving voice to personal narratives alongside larger histories of riot grrrl/queercore/and feminist punk in the Pacific Northwest circa 1990’s and early 2000’s. Celeste & Elliat launched ART Heart in Jan 2016 at the  Hypatia Artist Residency (Shelton, WA). Originally conceived as a 15-minute film, they expanded ART Heart into a story of friendship, queer teenhood, artspirations and influences, community herstories, and RIOT GRRRL’s ongoing legacy!

Celeste and Elliat express their artistic process as AbFab in the Woods. In other words, they processed and made art non-stop, thrifted, cried, drank, ranted, watched bad teen films, wore bigot-battling glitter nail polish, and dreamt up feminist revenge fantasies as art. They read self-help and laughed hysterically, hung out at Obsidian Cafe in Olympia, and thought up new ways to live the dream through Femme Fabulosity and FEMINISM FOREVER!

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