Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, "Wildness" is a portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar that has been home to Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a weekly party (organized by Director Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom) called Wildness explodes into creativity and conflict. What does “safe space” mean? Who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers creates coalitions across generations.
Director(s): Wu Tsang
Producer(s): Kathy Rivkin, Daniel Eduvijes Carrera, Felix Endara
Screenwriter(s): Wu Tsang, Roya Rastegar
Cinematographer: Michelle Lawler
Editor(s): Claire Didier, Wu Tsang
Sound Designer: Brett Bach
Additional Credits: Original Music: Total Freedom, Robbie Williamson
Wu Tsang is a performer and filmmaker in Los Angeles. Wildness is his first feature film. His projects have been presented at REDCAT (LA), Sala de Art Publico Siqueiros (Mexico City), the New Museum (Artist Residency and the 2012 Triennial), Performa 11, MoMA Documentary Fortnight and the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
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