I create tiny films using basic digital technology. Some of my films critique oppressive social structures and involve people I love. Some are funny, others deadly serious, often they are about fat. All of my films have been selected for screening at international festivals.
Nobody Told Me (1996/2017)
In 2017 The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquired Miranda July’s Joanie 4 Jackie collection of around 300 videos, documentation and press materials. I am in one of those videos, recorded about 20 years ago. There is a link to my video in this article from The New York Times: Miranda July Shares Her Vintage Feminist Film Archive
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.
How Do You Do? Global Queer Notes (2013)
I participated in a project curated by Bildwechsel in which international activists submitted a video postcard. In my piece I talked about my local neighbourhood and queer community. The postcards were screened at the Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg/International Queer Film Festival, and at Bildwechsel Glasgow.
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.