FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CineKink Names Spotlight Artists for 2022: Charles Lum & Todd Verow
Spotlight program streams on-demand throughout the week
NEW YORK, NY; May 11. 2022 – At an awards celebration held during a virtual edition of the film festival CineKink, organizers named Charles Lum and Todd Verow as Spotlight Artists for CineKink 2022, a distinction designed to recognize outstanding artistry over a body of work
Over the years the two men, each a prolific artist and activist in his own right, have collaborated on an extensive body of work. The films they created together have played at film festivals throughout the world, and have been featured at CineKink multiple times since the organization’s launch in 2003.
On November 30, 2021, one day before World AIDS Day, Lum died from complications of the HIV he’d contracted many years before.
“It’s with great sadness that we realize we’ll never again experience the life-embracing exuberance of Charly bounding up the stairs at the Anthology Film Archives for a screening,” said Lisa Vandever, CineKink co-founder/director. “And we celebrate that in their works, and in Todd’s continued dedication, his voice and presence will live on in the world.”
A CineKink tribute to their longtime friendship and artistic partnership, SPOTLIGHT: CHARLES LUM & TODD VEROW, contains two works that were completed by Verow in the months following Lum’s death, along with a compilation of their award-winning short documentary and narrative films about gay sex and cruising.
The showcase, which played during the festival’s primary dates, and encores on-demand through Sunday, May 15, includes:
On February 17, 2020, Charles Lum woke up seeing double. A week later his doctor called with news that a “mass” in his brain was HIV related lymphoma. (Directed by Charles Lum and Todd Verow, 2021, USA, 6 minutes.)
My Almost First Time
Based on Charles Lum’s own experience of going to a gay beach as a young man and almost having sex for the first time. (Directed by Todd Verow and Charles Lum, 2022, USA, 4 minutes. Voiceover by James Kleinmann.)
A collection of award-winning short documentary and narrative films about gay sex and cruising, including: Tom’s Gift, Been Too Long at the Fair, Secret Santa Sex Party, Blow Job 2017, Davy & Goliath, I have Mike Pence’s dick in a pickle jar. Want to see it? and A Night at the Hoist. (Directed by Todd Verow and Charles Lum, USA, compilation running time 69 minutes.)
An encore pass to take in the remaining week of CineKink 2022, including SPOTLIGHT: CHARLES LUM & TODD VEROW, is available for $20 via Bold Type Tickets.
All encores will stream on-demand at the CineKink portal on PinkLabel.tv
For more information, visit the CineKink website. http://cinekink.com
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