Malic Amalya’s films attend to the emotional impact of attachment and estrangement, and the corresponding political repercussions of alliances and enmities. His work considers how the intimate—including the body, emotions, identity, and relationships—reflects, is informed by, and has the ability to shift cultural perceptions and institutional structures. Malic’s practice is situated between formal avant-garde traditions and the oppositional subculture aesthetics of queercore. Creating single channel and expanded cinema pieces, he works across 16mm, Super 8, digital video, analog video, and 35mm slides.
Malic’s work has screened in film festivals, galleries, museums, and queer community spaces across the US and the world, including the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, Onion City in Chicago, TIE in Montreal, and MIX NYC. His film Magnetic Resonance won an Audience Choice Award in the 2016 San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads Artist-Made Film and Video Festival. In 2014, the SF Bay Guardian honored Malic with a GOLDIE Award for Film. His film Gold Moon, Sharp Arrow won Best Experimental Film in the 2012 Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival in Portland, OR.
Malic has been a resident artist at Signal Culture in Owego, New York; the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont; and Blue Sky Project in Dayton, Ohio. He has received grants from the Northwest Film Forum and the Jack Straw Studio Center in Seattle to make his 16mm film Drifting, and a Faculty Development Grant from the California College of the Arts to finish his 16mm film RUN!
In curating INFRARED: NEW VISIONS FROM THE QUEER UNDERGROUND, Malic programs a mixture of formal and conceptual work with explicitly politically engaged experimental films from underrepresented queer and trans voices. From 2011 - 2016, INFRARED screened annually at Twist: the Seattle Queer Film Festival. The program also traveled to the Cinema of Gender Transgression at Anthology Film Archives (2019), the Gender in Translation Symposium at the California College of the Arts (2016), Trans-Ocular: New Perspectives in Transgender Art, Media, and Politics at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2013) and Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay at New York University (2012). In 2018, the San Francisco Cinematheque invited Malic to curate a special edition of INFRARED to honor the San Francisco Compton Transgender District, where the Cinematheque offices are located.
Malic holds an MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois, Chicago; a MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute; and a BA from Hampshire College.
Malic teaches across narrative and experimental filmmaking, performance and installation art, and critical studies. Malic is an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts and an Instructor in the Cinema Department at the City College of San Francisco.
Malic lives and works in Oakland, California.
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