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"RUN!" is a queer, experimental, anti-war film. Production began in the summer of 2017, during Trump’s escalation of nuclear war and shortly after he announced his transgender military ban. While many mainstream LGBT organizations and their allies committed to fight against the trans military ban, "RUN!" is aligned with radical queer activists who have responded with critiques of the US military for their violence around the globe, destruction of the environment, and the trauma inflicted on service members and veterans. (https://queertranswarban.wordpress.com). 

"RUN!" includes three main components: footage from sites of nuclear development, detonation, industry, tourism, and activism in New Mexico and Vermont; a found-footage film on the lifecycle of houseflies; and a reenactment of Jack Smith’s 1969 drag performance as Rose Kennedy in his film "Song for Rent." Through layering and juxtapositions of these sections, "RUN!" examines how the interlocking ideologies of war and white supremacy structure landscapes, community rituals, cinematic technology, entomology, epidemic management, and even notions of LGBTQ liberation.

The abandoned Black Hole Museum of Nuclear Waste founded by anti-bomb activist Ed Grothus.
The edges of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb was detonated.
The perimeter of the decommissioned Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

  • Malic Amalya
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Anti-War, Queer, Transgender, Politics, Nuclear Bombs, US History, the Military Industrial Complex
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Malic Amalya

Malic Amalya is an Assistant Professor of Experimental Media and 16mm Filmmaking at Emerson College. His films have screened at queer bars (Club SchwuZ in Berlin, Trqpiteca in Chicago, and Other Stranger at the Stud in San Francisco), museums (Portland Art Museum in Oregon, the Museum of Northwest Art in Washington State), and film festivals (Festival Les Merveilles, Paris; Ann Arbor; Light Field Film Festival, San Francisco; MIX Copenhagen; the Scottish Queer Film Festival; Cinema of the Dam’d, Amsterdam; EXiS Festival, Seoul; Onion City, Chicago; the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival; MIX NYC; and the TIE Cinema Exposition, Milwaukee & Montreal) across the world. Amalya holds an MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. He lives and works in Boston, MA.

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Director Statement

My films and videos attend to the emotional impact of attachment and estrangement, and the corresponding political repercussions of alliances and enmities. I am interested in how the intimate—including the body, emotions, identity, and relationships—reflects, is informed by, and has the potential to shift cultural perceptions and institutional structures. My practice is situated between formal avant-garde traditions and the oppositional subculture aesthetics of queercore.