Book Launch: ‘Little Joe: A book about queers and cinema, mostly’ at 2220 Arts + Archives, Los Angeles

Cover image for Boyd McDonald's book Cruising the Movies (1985). Photograph by Joseph Modica.

Celebrate the launch of Little Joe: A book about queers and cinema, mostly — a new book, compiled by editor-in chief Sam Ashby — that brings together the cult periodical’s elusive texts and proposes a new, alternative cinematic canon drawn from the fringes of taste and style.

The evening will feature readings from Little Joe contributors, films, and a conversation with Sam Ashby.

Tickets available here 

Tuesday 25 June
19:30 PDT

2220 Arts + Archives
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

About Little Joe; A book about queers and cinema, mostly

The cult magazine Little Joe, published as a limited-edition zine from 2010 to 2021, challenged the mainstream narrative of film history with a rebellious, queer perspective. Rather than reviewing new releases, it explored forgotten and overlooked films and celebrated a diverse spectrum of cinema – from obscure art films to porn to Hollywood classics – as worthy of critical debate. Stubbornly print-only, Little Joe was notoriously hard to find, privileging word-of-mouth distribution akin to the films it championed.

This volume features essays, in-depth conversations, short stories and archival discoveries from a host of queer and allied writers, artists, filmmakers, and academics, including John Waters, Sarah Schulman, Douglas Crimp, William E. Jones, Erika Balsom, Jeremy Atherton Lin, John Greyson, Elizabeth Purchell, Liz Rosenfeld, Peter Strickland, Ira Sachs, Terence Davies, Shu Lea Cheang, Kevin Killian, Wayne Koestenbaum, Abdellah Taïa, Marlene McCarty, John Cameron Mitchell, Rosa von Praunheim, Stuart Comer, Ed Halter, Jenni Olson, A.L. Steiner, A.K. Burns, Desiree Akhavan, and Andrew Haigh.

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