NYWIFT member Joanna Arnow’s documentary i hate myself :) screens with her Berlinale Silver Bear winning short narrative Bad At Dancing.
In i hate myself :) Arnow chronicles her year-long relationship with racially charged poet-provocateur James. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate documentary of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence, quickly turns into a complex commentary on sexuality, societal repression and self-confrontation through art.
"It's refreshing to see a filmmaker embrace this honesty with such gusto." –Indiewire
Official Selection Rooftop Films Summer Series; Best Feature Winner, Northside Festival DIY Competition; Audience Award Winner, The Lower East Side Film Festival.
In addition to premiering theatrically at Anthology Film Archives, i hate myself :) will premiere Tuesday, April 11th on Vimeo on Demand. Bad at Dancing will premiere Tuesday, April 11th on Short of the Week and NoBudge (April 18th).
Arnow’s next film Bad at Dancing was a first foray into fiction filmmaking, and after its 2015 Berlinale premiere it went on to screen at the New York Film Festival, Hong Kong International, AFI Fest and others.
Bad at Dancing, while a narrative is also an intensely personal, feminist and subversive film. With brutal candor, the story explores the power dynamics and sexual intrigue of a complicated friendship. As writer-director-editor, Arnow also plays a character of her own name, blurring the line between reality and fiction.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Apr. 18, 2017