A Night of Queer Film and Performance with Irwin Swirnoff

Friday October 9th 2015 – 6pm: Old Capitol Books is very excited to be hosting Irwin Swirnoff, professor in cinematic arts at CSU Monterey Bay, as part of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center’s series on Gender and Sexuality!

“we are bodies”
short films & writings by Irwin Swirnoff

About the Gender and Sexuality Series

In order to raise awareness about LGBTQ, gender, and sexuality issues across the peninsula and throughout Monterey County, The Monterey Peace and Justice Center has organized a series of events to be held in Salinas, Marina, Monterey, CSUMB, and in South County. As part of this series, the MPJC will bring together youth activists, speakers, scholars, and queer communities to address issues that are relevant to them and to share experiences and strengthen bonds. Old Capitol Books is thrilled to be able to take part in this important series.

We hope that you’ll come join us to discuss queer cinema and LGBTQ issues with Irwin. We’ll get to watch some short films, hang out with a director of queer films, and of course hang out with with each other.


Friday October 9th 2015 – 6pm


Irwin Swirnoff (b. Pheonix 1977, lives in the Bay Area) received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and teaches in the Cinematic Arts Department at Cal State University Monterey Bay.

Using film, photography, creative writing, and his background in zine & D.I.Y. culture, he creates intimate work with a queer sensibility, exploring intimacy, longing, loss, desire, physicality, sexuality, and the constant struggle to remain in the here and now. A longtime DJ, he hosts the popular radio show, Sleeves on Hearts on San Francisco Community Radio and served as the music director of KUSF 90.3fm, in San Francisco.

Irwin’s work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe at festivals like Outfest, the New York Film Fest, Frameline, Seattle Queer Film Festival, Toronto Inside Out, etc. He’s been featured in the New York Times, SF Weekly, Maximum Rock n Roll, Punk Planet, and The Bold Italic.

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