In August of 2017, local restauranteur Joey Burgess asked me to curate video content for his new Seattle bar, queer/bar. This was, to say the least, a dream job.
I’ve always been frustrated by bar owners who don’t know how to craft video content for their patrons. Joey’s goal with queer/bar was to create a space for all kinds of queer people, so I tried my best to select clips that reflect the diversity and shared interests of Seattle’s queer community. Major categories included Gay, Lesbian, Genderqueer, Divas and Camp. But the best clips were ones that included more than one category simultaneously. Most clips don’t last longer than five minutes and they’re stitched together using six different “queer/bar” logo-inspired transitions I created in After Effects. The video above gives and idea of how I utilized the transitions.
One of the first clips Joey suggested was from Hitchcock’s The Birds, so I knew right away that I didn’t have to only select clips that were queer in the most obvious, superficial way. Some of my selections were editorial. For instance, in one segment, I superimposed clips of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding ice skating, just for fun. In the end, I stitched together over 400 unique clips for a total of twenty one hours of video.
In the future, I’d love to feature more locally produced queer content or even commission original content. Thanks to Joey for giving me this amazing opportunity to be a visual DJ!