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1000 WORDS: MATT WOLF

Still from Matt Wolf’s Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project, 2019, HD video, color, sound, 87 minutes. Marion Stokes.

IT’S DIFFICULT FOR ME not to think of Matt Wolf as a queer filmmaker, because he’s the first one I ever knew personally. He is also the first openly gay man I ever met. When I arrived in Manhattan from northern New Hampshire in 2001 at the age of eighteen, any notions I possessed of urbanity or sexual identity I had imagined in a bucolic vacuum. A chance introduction to Wolf, then a sagacious nineteen-year-old from San Jose, California, not only initiated my kinship with other flesh-and-blood homosexuals, but also affirmed the importance of an intellectualized communal identity. While Matt has explored issues like these with infinitely more nuance and objective rigor than I have, a lesson I took from him at the outset of adulthood was how queerness is more expansive than sexuality. It’s an identification that opens onto legacies of thinking and acting beyond normativity.

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