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In Search of Avery Willard New York Premiere this week – 6/19 by

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IN SEARCH OF AVERY WILLARD will have its official New York Premiere at UnionDocs this Tuesday, June 19 at 8:30 pm as part of L Magazine’s 2012 Northside Festival. The screening is presented by Outfest and Newfest, and will precede the feature documentary DZI CROQUETTES about a groundbreaking Brazilian theater & dance group. Much of the ISOAW team will be present for a Q&A following the films!

A huge thanks goes out to all who helped make our Kickstarter fundraising campaign an overwhelming success. This festival tour would not have been possible without your support, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to share this film with audiences around the country. We’re especially excited to screen our very New York movie to a real live New York audience for the first time ever! Hope you can join us:

2012 Northside Festival
Tuesday, June 19 – 8:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY
w/ DZI CROQUETTES (Dir: Tatiana Issa and Raphael Alvarez)

About the film:

Produced concurrently and in partnership with KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, IN SEARCH OF AVERY WILLARD is a portrait of one of queer art’s most fascinating and elusive innovators.

Broadway photographer, physique artist, gay activist, experimental filmmaker, drag historian, leatherman, pornographer, creator of NYC’s first gay newspaper: New York City artist Avery Willard produced a lifetime of historically significant work that has remained widely unseen for decades. Through rare interviews with collaborators, friends and preeminent film historians, documentarian Cary Kehayan traces Willard’s provocative career from the 1940s through the 1990s. 

Featuring never-before-seen archival films & photographs, this revealing documentary tells the story of a forgotten trailblazer of the queer art movement – a man who was as ambitious as he was self-sabotaging.


Cary Kehayan

Director, In Search Of Avery Willard

Cary Kehayan is a New Jersey-born filmmaker, musician and video artist. After graduating summa cum laude from Fordham University Lincoln Center with a B.A. in Visual Arts, Kehayan remained in New York City to pursue a career in directing and editing. He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch/BBC Television Production Program. While in London, Kehayan also studied art and screenwriting at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. His semi-autobiographical short film, I Speak, You Understand Me, earned him the 2010 James Storey Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts. A founding member of the indie rock group Average Girl, Kehayan continues to make records and tour nationally with the band. He has worked as a director for BBC Television, as an editor for HBO Documentaries, and has achieved critical success as an experimental video artist and curator. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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