Cinema Outsider, a collection of short films created by queer, trans and non-binary artists of color will make its debut as part of this year's FemmeFest; according to curator Alexis McCrimmon, the event won't be the last of its kind.

Cinema Outsider, a collection of short films created by queer, trans and non-binary artists of color will make its debut as part of this year's FemmeFest; according to curator Alexis McCrimmon, the event won't be the last of its kind.

On Sept. 3 at 400 West Rich, attendees will screen 10 experimental films. McCrimmon believes the event will not only expose viewers to new artists and ideas, but also offer a space for conversations surrounding the queer, trans and non-binary experience to occur.

"I want [Cinema Outider] to be an exposure to new work, artists and ideas for many people. Film has the power to change the way you see the world, yourself and your relationships with other people," curator and experimental filmmaker McCrimmon said. "I hope queer artists of color see that their work and passion are validated, and I hope people who are allies leave with a deeper perspective."

As a queer filmmaker of color herself, McCrimmon had considered curating screening events focusing on the queer, non-binary and trans community. After DJing at FemmeFest's "Estrogenisis" dance party last year, McCrimmon was approached by organizers to curate a film screening for this year's fest. McCrimmon felt the grassroots feminist festival was the ideal launch pad for the Cinema Outsider concept.

"How I represent myself is important to me, and I like to know the things I'm involved in match up to the code I keep in terms of how I live my life," McCrimmon said. "FemmeFest is not exclusionary of trans and non-binary people of color, so I was happy to participate."

McCrimmon was given a blank slate, allowing her to choose whatever films she deemed worthy for the screening. Even with the focus on trans, queer and non-binary artists of color, the task was still daunting.

"I wanted to focus on experimental, non-fiction, and video art but there was still a lot to choose from," McCrimmon said. "I didn't want to have a theme I was working off of, but I wanted there to be a flow and a correlation between them. All the films have a sonic, or musical quality to them, which was kind of serendipitous for the FemmeFest [setting]."

McCrimmon decided on 10 films by artists like Tina Takemoto, Black Salt Collective, DaNiro Elle & AM, and Jeepneys & Low Leaf because the films focus on the discussion of the trans, queer and non-binary reality of artists of color, without falling into a preconceived narrative.

"A lot of times when you are a person with many intersections between race, gender identity and sexuality, there is an expectation for what your work should be," McCrimmon said. "I wanted to find films that engaged in the dialogue surrounding race, sexuality and gender but didn't necessarily play into the expectation, and attached nuance to the lived reality."

Beyond giving attendees a chance to experience the work of artists they might not be familiar with, McCrimmon hopes the films promote a conversation regarding the issues they explore.

"There is a politicized nature to FemmeFest, and Cinema Outsider is the type of event that allows for discussions to occur," she said. "I think [the queer, non-binary and trans] conversation has been going on for a long time in this city, and I'm committed to being a part of that conversation."

McCrimmon plans to make Cinema Outsider a quarterly event and hopes the FemmeFest screening will inspire trans, non-binary and queer artists of color in Columbus and surrounding areas to create more work.

"When I moved back to Columbus from Philadelphia, as a filmmaker it was a struggle for me to find reasons to stay," McCrimmon said. "I think Cinema Outsider presents an opportunity to people like myself to say 'this is exciting, and it's happening here.' You make your home - there are some things in this world we can't change, but there is also a sea of opportunity as well. It's the inaugural Cinema Outsider - it's the start of something."