I like to create tiny films using basic technology. Some of my films critique oppressive social structures and involve people I love. Some are funny, others deadly serious. All of my films have been selected for screening at a number of festivals around the world.
Cooper, C. (2014) Queer Prophecies: Future Visioning. UK. 2.5m.
This video was part of a project debuting at the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco. Queer Prophesies features the visions and prophetic dreams of queer community members artistically realised by an exceptional and multiracial/genderfabulous cast of queer visual artists and performers. The project is commissioned by the Queer Cultural Center, Endeavor for the Arts, and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Cooper, C. (2011) January. UK. 7m.
I was in a situation where there was abuse. I went to see the person who abused me, I recorded an audio account where they narrated an incident in which they abused me, and I filmed myself speaking the recording of their words to camera verbatim. Abused, abuser, past and present; all share space together in the sparse frame. There are some invisible elements: what you can’t see are the years of work, dialogue, and recovery that enabled us to meet and talk and produce this work. Although it is a hard film, an experimental film, made with next to nothing, it is also a work of hope and reconciliation, a meditation on voice and silence.
Cooper, C. (2010) Lovely and Slim. UK. 3m.
Three misfit polyamorous queers poke fun at the social pressure to be lovely and slim to an ironic soundtrack.
Cooper, C. (2009) Fat and Queer Harvest Hymn. UK. 3m.
The idea behind the Fat Queer Harvest Hymn, written by me for The Fat of the Land: A Queer Chub Harvest Festival, is that it gives thanks for the past, present and future of queer fat community and culture. It namechecks people and events that might otherwise have been overlooked. It could be something that we sing to ourselves or with our friends when we need a bit of cheering up or encouragement.