You Can't Kiss a Movie, a new interactive theater/film hybrid piece written by Shelley and Alex Hare will premiere at HERE Arts Center December 15-17. 

You Can’t Kiss a Movie gazes back at the male gaze with curiosity, disgust, desire, and a hunger for alternative ways of looking. Inspired by the French New Wave, the show depicts a cameraman, a PA, and a pair of actors creating an original New Wave film that is simultaneously projected live on a screen, allowing the audience to witness both the completed film and the behind-the- scenes process.

The film centers on the disillusionment of a young couple -- he from his war experiences, she from the dawning realization that society values her only for her body. Their parallel tracks converge in a violent dénouement (naturally – this is the French New Wave). Meanwhile, control of the gaze shifts when others get a chance to go behind the camera, including audience volunteers. Ultimately, the leading lady must investigate what power she has, if any, over her own image.

Drawing on the freewheeling spirit of Jean-Luc Godard and the sensitivity of Agnès Varda, You Can’t Kiss a Movie creates a space for audiences to consider how movies have shaped the way we engage with each other outside the auditorium – and how we can recover.

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French New Wave Music at The Metropolitan Room

On June 16 at 9:30 PM, Shelley will perform the French New Wave-inspired solo cabaret "You Can't Kiss a Movie" at The Metropolitan Room. 

A reimagining of film techniques for live performance, "You Can’t Kiss a Movie" uses the French New Wave films of the 1960s as inspiration for an original story about an ill-fated love affair, told through the songs and text of those movies. This bilingual cabaret tweaks the films’ gender roles while continuing their debate over the costs and virtues of emotional engagement in art and life. The performance is a love letter to a groundbreaking moment in film history that's accessible to film buffs and newcomers alike. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, click here.

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Words, Words, Words

Shelley is a regular contributor at Paper Magazine, and has published several pieces recently. Her latest is a guide to the New York Film Festival, while previous pieces have included a roundup of cinematic romances that make Tinder look appealing, an interview with journalist Natasha Noman about her experience using Tinder as a gay woman while working as a journalist in Pakistan, and a guide to the most exciting feminist comedians working today

'Gayropa' at Dixon Place

On July 8 at 7:30pm, Shelley will be performing in the new devised work Gayropa at Dixon Place as part of the Hot! Festival. 

Repurposing the Russian blogosphere’s sneering nickname for a perverted Europe, Gayropa centers on the effort to obtain recognition of a glittering new nation whose population will consist of all the world’s LGBT people. Yet what is intended as a way to protect those facing oppression and violence soon inspires a slew of competing visions for the country. Giving voice to Russian activists, marriage enthusiasts, politically-minded show queens, and young people struggling for survival, Gayropa is about building a global community that defies borders.

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