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No Exit 2

No Exit 2 is a new comedy short film starring Cricket Arrison, Scott Burke, and Lucia A. Treasure which is currently in submission for film festivals. The screenplay for No Exit 2 was commissioned by Gregg Wilhelm for CityLit's 2014 FreeFall Baltimore program, entitled Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-caching Adventure.

Santa Librada performing at the Windup Space

Santa Librada is a hard rock quartet from Baltimore. Described as "the good, liberating, force of unrepentant, bombastic rock and roll and womanhood" by Waxy Jane's Hannah Clawson in a 2017 interview, Santa Librada makes impassioned, unparalleled music about being trans, queer, and female. Santa Librada will release our debut album due in early 2018.

Queer Interiors / The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt

Queer Interiors/The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt was an year-long collaborative installation at the Baltimore Museum of Art examining the breadth and depth of the Baltimore LGBTQI+ community.

Equal+Opposite

(single channel video, 5:20, 2008) From the early silents of Lubitsch to The Crying Game and beyond, gender-variant characters persistently provide cinematic shock upon the revelation of their "true sex." Turning the focus away from the gender-variant body, "Equal+Opposite" instead explores the range of physical and emotional reactions by "protagonists" to transgendered bodies, from curiosity to revulsion. Premiered at MIX21 Queer Experimental Film Festival, October 2008.

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About Rahne

Rahne Alexander is a multimedia artist, producer, musician, and performer. Her video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country, and she is an alumna of Signal Culture and the Experimental Television Center. Queer Interiors, a year-long collaborative multimedia installation was commissioned by the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2016. A component of this installation,The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt, was awarded a Saul Zaentz Innovation in Film and Media Fund fellowship.... more

Santa Librada

Santa Librada is a hard rock quartet from Baltimore. Described as "the good, liberating, force of unrepentant, bombastic rock and roll and womanhood" by Waxy Jane's Hannah Clawson in a 2017 interview, Santa Librada makes impassioned, unparalleled music about being trans, queer, and female.

Santa Librada will release our debut album due in early 2018.

New Narrative Video Work

I've recently completed a short film, No Exit 2, which is currently in submission for film festivals. No Exit 2 stars Cricket Arrison, Scott Burke, and Lucia A. Treasure. The screenplay for No Exit 2 was commissioned by Gregg Wilhelm for CityLit's 2014 FreeFall Baltimore program, entitled Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-caching Adventure.

An other narrative comedy short, Here's To Living Alone, premiered in 2017 as a segment of Exquisite Corpse, the Melissa LaMartina-produced experimental collaborative feature film. Following digital release of the full feature, Here's To Living Alone will be made available to the public via my Vimeo channel. Pending digital release, links to my short will be made available upon request by emailing me at [email protected]

On deck for 2018 are narrative music videos for the Baltimore-based band Quattracenta, and my band Santa Librada. If awarded the Baker Artist prize, funds will go immediately towards supporting these videos, as well as furthering my multimedia memoir project mentioned elsewhere.

  • No Exit 2

    Scott Burke and Lucia A. Treasure star as Edgar Allan Poe and Dorothy Parker in No Exit 2
  • Still from Here's To Living Alone

    Lucia A. Treasure and Gina Denton star in a still from "Here's To Living Alone," premiered in 2017 as a segment of Exquisite Corpse, the Melissa LaMartina-produced experimental collaborative feature film. Following digital release of Exquisite Corpse, "Here's To Living Alone" will be made available to the public. Pending digital release, links to my short will be made available upon request by emailing me at [email protected]
  • A banner ad for the premiere of Exquisite Corpse in July 2017

    A banner ad for the premiere of Exquisite Corpse in July 2017
  • NO EXIT 2 Production Still

    A production still from NO EXIT 2, starring Cricket Arrison and Lucia A. Treasure

Additional Video & Visual Work

Selected video & exhibitions
At my October 2017 Signal Culture artist residency in Owego, NY I began to build a new body of experimental video work based around my tarot practice. This is work-in-progress and I am excited to see what is in the cards as this continues to take shape this year. Click on the thumbmail image to see the animated gif in action.

In 2016, the Baltimore Museum of Art awarded me the opportunity for a year-long collaborative installation, which became Queer Interiors/The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt (2016-17). It was an amazing and unique experience, and it was covered by Cara Ober for Hyperallergic and Kate Drabinski for the City Paper.

Highlights from my Vimeo channel

Oh Amelia (2017)
"Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization." - Amelia Earhart

Equal+Opposite (2009)
From the early silents of Lubitsch to The Crying Game and beyond, gender-variant characters persistently provide cinematic shock upon the revelation of their "true sex." Turning the focus away from the gender-variant body, "Equal+Opposite" instead explores the range of physical and emotional reactions by "protagonists" to transgendered bodies, from curiosity to revulsion. Premiered at MIX21 Queer Experimental Film Festival, October 2008.

Simoom (2009)
Communication breaks down in the wake of disaster. Based on “MS. Found in a Bottle” by Edgar Allan Poe. Commissioned for Baltimore Museum of Art Poe Anniversary exhibition, December 2009

Let's Get Out of Here (2006)
An homage to Hollywood's allegedly most-uttered line. Awarded "Way Cool Film Geek" Jury Prize at Microcinefest 2006. Noted in the New York Times Magazine 18 Feb 2015. ("Should We Stay Or Should We Go?", Virginia Heffernan, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/magazine/should-we-stay-or-should-we-...)

  • Work In Progress - Tarot-inspired digital video

    Work-in-progress snapshot from my tarot-inspired video manipulations from my 2017 artist residency at Signal Culture. Click on the thumbmail image to see the animated gif in action.
  • Queer Interiors / The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt

    Queer Interiors/The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt was an year-long collaborative installation at the Baltimore Museum of Art examining the breadth and depth of the Baltimore LGBTQI+ community.
  • Equal+Opposite

    Equal+Opposite (2009) https://vimeo.com/37226483 From the early silents of Lubitsch to The Crying Game and beyond, gender-variant characters persistently provide cinematic shock upon the revelation of their "true sex." Turning the focus away from the gender-variant body, "Equal+Opposite" instead explores the range of physical and emotional reactions by "protagonists" to transgendered bodies, from curiosity to revulsion. Premiered at MIX21 Queer Experimental Film Festival, October 2008.
  • Let's Get Out Of Here

    Let's Get Out of Here (2006) https://vimeo.com/70873281 An homage to Hollywood's allegedly most-uttered line. Awarded "Way Cool Film Geek" Jury Prize at Microcinefest 2006. Noted in the New York Times Magazine 18 Feb 2015. ("Should We Stay Or Should We Go?", Virginia Heffernan, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/magazine/should-we-stay-or-should-we-...)
  • Simoom

    Simoom (2009) https://vimeo.com/80080347 Communication breaks down in the wake of disaster. Based on “MS. Found in a Bottle” by Edgar Allan Poe. Commissioned for Baltimore Museum of Art Poe Anniversary exhibition, December 2009
  • Oh Amelia

    Oh Amelia (2017) https://vimeo.com/224784530 "Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization." - Amelia Earhart

Spoken - Public Storytelling

An enormous part of my work as an artist/activist are the stories I tell in public. I have been featured in several editions of the Stoop Storytelling series and I've read at the Baltimore Book Festival, Normal's, CityLit's Geo-Poe events, Jen Michalski's Starts Here and Jordannah Elizabeth's Publik/Private series Strangers Become Sisters, amongst others.

In 2017, I interviewed former Guerilla Girl Donna Kaz at the Baltimore Book Festival, and I was invited by The Studio Visit to offer a talk at Nasty Women: Art Talks at the Arlington Arts Center. That talk can be read here and viewed here.

In Feb 2018, by invitation, I will offer a response to the Paulina Peavy exhibit, A Message To Paulina, at the Greater Reston Arts Center.

  • Stoop Storytelling, June 2017

    I've told a few stories on the Stoop Storytelling series in my day. In June 2017, the "My Favorite Film: Stoop Storytelling at the Columbia Festival of the Arts" edition, I shared the story of a tale of a lost weekend in 1991 - the weekend I graduated from college and THELMA & LOUISE opened.
  • Baltimore Book Festival with Donna Kaz

    At the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival, I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with former Guerilla Girl Donna Kaz (Aphra Behn) to talk about life, liberty, and her memoir UN/MASKED: MEMOIRS OF A GUERILLA GIRL ON TOUR
  • Nasty Women Art Talks

    In October 2017 I was invited by The Studio Visit to join seven other women artists for a powerful afternoon of storytelling about our work at the Arlington Arts Center. The result was timely and restorative. My remarks can be viewed here: http://thestudiovisit.com/art-talks-rahne-alexander/#sthash.iBnX2M8V.gbpl

Multimedia Memoir

In 2018 I expect to finish a years-in-progress multimedia memoir project, focusing on parallels and distinctions between my own journey as a transsexual woman artist and that of my mother, a resilient autodidact artist whose capacities were progressively diminished by multiple sclerosis.

This as-yet-to-be-titled memoir which will feature several components, including a bound book, an experimental video, and an album of recorded music and spoken word. If awarded, Baker Artist funds will go directly to expedite this memoir. The album is intended to be the first piece of this project to be released, with final mixing and mastering in fall 2018 and a target album release performance in winter 2018-19.

Some pieces of this narrative memoir have already seen publication in some print and online periodicals, including the City Paper, What Weekly, and Queen Mob's Teahouse.

One essay for this memoir, "Puzzle Box," debuted in The Resilience Anthology from Heartspark Press. Said to the largest collection of writing from transwomen and AMAB non-binary people to be published to date, The Resilience Anthology was published in December 2017.

50'♀

50'♀is a popular music experiment by Rahne Alexander, both solo and in collaboration with other artists.

50'♀contributed a recording of "Came So Far For Beauty" to Last Year's Man, a Baltimore tribute to Leonard Cohen, in 2017. This recording, made with pianist/vocalist Christina Reitemeyer, was a featured selection in a City Paper article in the summer of 2017, and performed live for the first time at the Baltimore Transgender Alliance's Trans March of Resilience Banquet in November 2017.

  • Last Year's Man: A Baltimore Tribute to Leonard Cohen

    50’♀ contributed a track to this Baltimore-does-Leonard-Cohen tribute record. Proceeds benefitted Planned Parenthood of Maryland. Our track, "Came So Far For Beauty," was featured in the City Paper's 2017 annual music issue as one of the "50 Song Soundtrack to Life During the Trump Regime" https://lastyearsmantribute.bandcamp.com/ http://www.citypaper.com/news/features/bcpnews-2017-big-music-issue-20170621-htmlstory.html

Additional Music & Performance

Selected Additional Past & Present Music and Performance

While these projects are currently hibernating, every project rekindles from time to time.

MUSIC
Flaming Creatures (rock & roll fun in collaboration with filmmaker Kristen Anchor)
The Degenerettes (an institution of queer feminist rock & roll music in Baltimore since 2005)
Guided By Wire (perhaps the only all-trans Neko Case/Guided by Voices cover band in the world, in collaboration with Jack Pinder of Manners Manners)

COMEDY
Standup comedy (occasional standup sets, pending booking with the 2018 Freeze Peach festival)
Everybody All The Time (live talk show with Fiona Crowley, ran intermittently at Windup Space from 2013-2015)

  • Guided By Wire, the Supergroup

    In September 2017, Guided By Wire became a supergroup for a night, expanding beyond our traditional duo (Rahne Alexander & Jack Pinder) to include pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn, bassist Mickey Dehn, drummer Sharon Santos, and keyboardist Christina Reitemeyer. Photo by Theresa Keil.
  • Flaming Creatures

    A fun rock & roll cinema revival in collaboration with filmmaker/drummer Kristen Anchor
  • The Degenerettes

    An institution of queer feminist rock & roll music in Baltimore since 2005
  • Everybody All The Time

    Live talk show with Fiona Crowley, ran intermittently at Windup Space from 2013-2015 and threatens to resurrect more every passing day
  • Standup Comedy

    At Lexie Mountain's "Vagina Havers" standup special during the Maryland Film Festival, May 2016 at the Windup Space