Dirty Looks: GB Jones' The Lollipop Generation
GB Jones, The Lollipop Generation, Super8 and video, 70 mins., 2008
Dirty Looks celebrates its second anniversary with a screening of legendary queercore epic The Lollipop Generation.
Shot over the course of thirteen years, this defiantly lo-fi first feature from Canadian DIY filmmaker and queercore trailblazer GB Jones records and celebrates the fierce, unruly subcultural ethos of a generation of queer troublemakers. A riotous mix of grungy, grainy Super8 and fuzzed-out video, The Lollipop Generation follows teenage runaway Georgie as she traipses across North America, with her lollipop-licking band of misfit queer street kids. Along the way, they turn tricks, rob perverts, run from a mysterious red van full of “horrible homos” with a taste for underage flesh, and make a lot of porn.
The film, shot “one Super-8 reel at a time”—whenever Jones could afford to buy another cartridge—emerges as a social diary, documenting an anarchic generation of underground performance and avant-garde practices, and starring a host of queer, punk, and zine luminaries, among them zinester and Yo-Yo Gang star Jena von Brücker, original riot grrrl Jen Smith, writer Mark Ewert, queer artist and filmmaker Scott Treleaven, Jane Danger of queercore band Three Dollar Bill, K Records founder and indie rock torchbearer Calvin Johnson, Joel Gibb of The Hidden Cameras, and the incomparable Vaginal Davis.
The screening will take place in conjunction with Katrina del Mar’s exhibition ‘Girls Girls Girls’ at Participant Inc, which will exhibit many of del Mar’s works in Super8mm and video on subsequent evening screenings.