12/13/14 – Northwest Film Forum

Who
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
When
Saturday, December 13, 2014
7:00pm - 18+
Where
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Other Info
Periwinkle Cinema presents
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
the Pacific Northwest premiere
18+
Saturday, Dec 13 at 7:00PM
This screening includes captions for HoH/Deaf, and includes one movie that is audio described. Please refrain from wearing scents. The brief intro and Q & A will be ASL interpreted. Please arrive early if you BYOC. no one will be turned away for lack of funds - please reserve you NOTAFLOF seat in advance. please inquire if you have any access requests/needs to Lisa Ganser (Accessibility Coordinator for Periwinkle Cinema).

Featuring a Q&A with the curators and participating artists and filmmakers including Lisa Ganser, Nomy Lamm, Lorin Murphy and Seattle's Tobi Hill-Meyer.

Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase and is 18+.

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Presented by Periwinkle Cinema, this program explores sensuality, intimacy, safety and consent through the lens of the less-represented. Curated by Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy, this screening implores the erotic pleasure and sexual abilities of those of us dissed, dismissed, (mis)labeled, disabled and generally passed over in mainstream queer crowds.

Redefine sexy through sex and sensuality that is healing, empowering and arousing. You'll get turned on by fat, word associate crip and porn, challenge and subvert your notions of gender, sexuality and self, while exposing what it means to “work with what we got (or not).” Experience images of (ourselves) sexually empowered within our own very different and always changing bodies. We tell our stories on film and come together to experience each other's in the dark, then see each other in a new way when the lights come up.

PROGRAM

salt. water. caracol.
Mars/Mar Rosas
2014, US, experimental video, sound, 5:13.

Working with the theme of creation stories, “salt. water. caracol.” explores the filmmakers’ personal relationships with their tears, particularly those that come from wounding and trauma, & explores how these same tears can be used as a way to heal from ancestral and colonial trauma, which have all affected many members of their family, particularly through "psychiatric" disabilities (crazy gifts that need cultivation and care).

Hairy
mihee-nathalie lemoine
2014, Canada, experimental video, sound, 1:41.

100 seconds and 100 grams… “Hairy is a 100 second video on hairing & therefore masculinizing myself with 100 grams of my own hair…”

Shaving/Shorn
Lorin Murphy
2014, US, experimental fetish video, sound, 6:32.

“Shaving/Shorn” is an erotic shaving ritual.

untitled
Patricia Berne
2000, US, experimental sexplicit video poem, sound, 2:26.

This erotic short reflects the poetʼs cantor of desire in role play.

In My Own Hands
Crystal Mason
2014, US, experimental sexplicit video, sound, 3:50.

Explores the possibility of self love in the ruins of a society that teaches us to hate ourselves from the cradle to the grave & asks the question, “How do we fight back?”

visible
seeley quest
2014, US, experimental self portrait, sound, 11:03.

a queer's look at layers of exhibitionism, vulnerability, & hir shifting relationship to sexuality & gender through encounters with disability.

Forbidden Acts
Todd Herman featuring Leroy Moore
2006, US, 3 video poem vignettes, sound, 12 minutes.

An engaging glimpse into a black disabled writerʼs exploration of his own sexuality and the limits that social institutions attempt to impose upon its expression. Sweet sperm meets prose in these 3 video poems.

Money Shot Blues & How to Fake Ejaculation
Tobi Hill-Meyer
2014, US, comic sexplicit video, sound, 10:34

In Money Shot Blues Tobi recalls her brief experience in mainstream shemale* porn and some of the unexpected difficulties she encountered. How to Fake Ejaculation is a humorously presented short instructional demonstration of several techniques for faking ejaculation on camera.

(*Note: this is a derogatory term & it is not okay to use this word for Tobi or anyone else who does not explicitly choose to use it. It is used here only to describe the industry that has named itself using this term.)

KRUTCH
Clark Matthews & Mia Gimp
2013, US, accessible experimental sexplicit movie, sound (with audio description), 5:28

KRUTCH is a steamy, experimental short film exploring perception, sexuality, disability and gender on the streets and sheets of New York City.

Going Here
Courtney Trouble featuring Jiz Lee and Lyric Seal
2014, US, erotic dream sequence, sound, 13:00

In this scene from the unreleased feature Wet Dreams, Lyric and Jiz explore the edges of danger, public sex, experimentation, & lust. This exclusive excerpt is about letting our fantasies take over all else.

Wall of Fire
Lisa Ganser
2014, US, sexplicit experimental music video, sound, 6:04

Roles switch, paddles hit & control shifts when two fat bodied gender queer women, lovers off camera, push limits of pleasure, penetration & trust, engaged in an afternoon of tender making out and consensual amputee sex. Original Score by Nomy Lamm. This movie was completely underwritten & fully funded by the Smitten Kitten.

scars, ma[p]s, skin
MOON RAY RA
2014, US, experimental, sound, 1:56

Tracing queer of color scars & skin, this film leaves the pleasure to your imagination.

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Edited: December 13th, 2014

Un(dis)sing Our Abilities in Seattle Dec. 13

still from "Going Here" by Courtney Trouble

still from “Going Here” by Courtney Trouble

Periwinkle Cinema presents
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
the Pacific Northwest premiere
18+
Saturday, Dec 13 at 7:00PM

Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

This screening includes captions for HoH/Deaf, and includes one movie that is audio described. Please refrain from wearing scents. The brief intro and Q & A will be ASL interpreted. Please arrive early if you BYOC. no one will be turned away for lack of funds – please reserve you NOTAFLOF seat in advance. please inquire if you have any access requests/needs to Lisa Ganser (Accessibility Coordinator for Periwinkle Cinema).

Featuring a Q&A with the curators and participating artists and filmmakers including Lisa Ganser, Nomy Lamm, Lorin Murphy and Seattle’s Tobi Hill-Meyer.

Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase and is 18+.

* * * * *

Presented by Periwinkle Cinema, this program explores sensuality, intimacy, safety and consent through the lens of the less-represented. Curated by Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy, this screening implores the erotic pleasure and sexual abilities of those of us dissed, dismissed, (mis)labeled, disabled and generally passed over in mainstream queer crowds.

Redefine sexy through sex and sensuality that is healing, empowering and arousing. You’ll get turned on by fat, word associate crip and porn, challenge and subvert your notions of gender, sexuality and self, while exposing what it means to “work with what we got (or not).” Experience images of (ourselves) sexually empowered within our own very different and always changing bodies. We tell our stories on film and come together to experience each other’s in the dark, then see each other in a new way when the lights come up.

 

Edited: December 8th, 2014

STARS OUT, GUNS DRAWN: The Wrongful Death of Asa Sullivan

Get to know Asa Sullivan, shot by San Francisco police officers Michelle Alvis and John Keesor on 6/6/06.  Lisa and I had the opportunity to sit in on the wrongful death trial in Oakland in September, and were asked to write an article about it for the Bay View, with an intro by Mesha Irizarry.

 

During the trial over the wrongful death by San Francisco police of Asa Sullivan, Lisa Ganser and Nomy Lamm, friends of Asa’s mother, Kat Espinosa, made drawings of the proceedings. – Art: Lisa Ganser

During the trial over the wrongful death by San Francisco police of Asa Sullivan, Lisa Ganser and Nomy Lamm, friends of Asa’s mother, Kat Espinosa, made drawings of the proceedings. – Art: Lisa Ganser

“The day the trial started, Sept. 8, 2014, would have been Asa’s 34th birthday. What would Asa have thought, sitting in that federal courtroom in Oakland? Seeing his mom and the mother of his child forced to sit through gory photos and slanderous testimony, his brother and girlfriend kicked out of the courtroom because they were on the witness list?

What if Asa had been witness to this carefully constructed story, developed over eight years, played out during a month-long trial by a parade of SFPD officers and their changing stories, “expert witnesses” paid hundreds of dollars an hour to testify, and documents dug up from the span of Asa’s life to try to prove that his death was justified. That the police had no choice but to shoot him. That that’s what he wanted. Suicide by cop.

Asa would say this is bullshit.”

Read the article and see all the artwork here.

To support a local family who recently lost a loved one to racist police violence, please give to the fundraiser to pay for O’Shaine Evans’ funeral expenses here.

 

Edited: November 29th, 2014

11/15/14 – MIX HIVE

Who
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
When
Saturday, November 15, 2014
6:00pm - 18+ Buy Tickets
Where
MIX HIVE (map)
337 Butler St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Other Info
Periwinkle Cinema (san Francisco) presents the East Coast premiere of Un(dis)sing Our Abilities at the New York Mix Experimental Film Festival MIX NYC

UN(DIS)SING OUR ABILITIES, featuring a Q&A with the curators and participating artists and filmmakers (ASL interpreted). All films are captioned.

Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase presented by Periwinkle Cinema that explores sensuality, intimacy, safety and consent through the lens of the less-represented. Curated by Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy, this screening implores the erotic pleasure and sexual abilities of those of us dissed, dismissed, (mis)labeled, disabled and generally passed over in mainstream queer crowds. Redefine sexy through sex and sensuality that is healing, empowering and arousing. You'll get turned on by fat, crip, and porn, challenge and subvert your notions of gender, sexuality and self, while exposing what it means to "work with what we got (or not)." Experience images of the sexually empowered within our own very different, and always changing bodies. We tell our stories on film and come together to experience each other's in the dark, then see each other in a new way when the lights come up. This screening includes short films by Mars/Mar Rosas, Mihee-Nathalie Lemoine, Lorin Murphy, , Courtney Trouble featuring Jiz Lee and Lyric Seal, Crystal Mason, seeley quest, Patricia Berne, MOON RAY RA, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Todd Herman featuring Leroy Moore and the brand new short movie "Wall of Fire" by and featuring Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser. Wall of Fire was completely underwritten and fully funded by the Smitten Kitten. The curators and filmmakers will be in person to present the showcase and for a brief Q & A. 18+ This shorts movie showcase is captioned for HoH/deaf. we encourage BYOC (bring your own chair) so that your body is comfortable. please refrain from wearing scents. we will post more accessibility info about the venue as we learn it. please let us know if you have any specific accessibility questions or requests. thank you! more accessibility = more sexxxy

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Edited: November 15th, 2014

11/13/14 – MIX HIVE

Who
One Size Fits All with Sins Invalid
When
Thursday, November 13, 2014
10:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
MIX HIVE (map)
337 Butler St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Other Info
“There is no right or wrong body of a conscious revolutionary mind.” A collection of films to deliver us to new frontiers. Simple profiles of bodies, from a naked runner in Correr to Pedro’s psychedelic haircuts, to the erotic sorcery of My Kundalini Hurts. There are also stories to lay siege to the normative pathologies of body classification, like Resisterectomy, where two patients opt for physical self-determination, and Sins Invalid, a defiant and proud reclamation of sexuality away from ableist normativity.—Curated by the Festival Programming Committee.

http://www.mixnyc.org/27/event/one-size-fits-all/

$13 (NOTAFLOF)


Profil
Alice De Visscher
2010Belgiumvideo, color, sound,2 min.US Premiere
A woman is looking at us. Her body is sideways. The shape of her body is progressively changing.

Pedro
Dário Pacheco & José Gonçalves
2013Portugalvideo, color, sound,12 min.US Premiere
A slow and intimate encounter with men’s bodies. A man sits alone and shaves. A shot of a plane suggests travel, and now two men shave the head of a third. Though they are undressed and touching, they make no connection; their physical contact is bizarrely controlled, somewhere between a formal procedure and vacant compliance. As the film ends it ruptures, transforming into a surreal and hypnotic visual explosion, all set to a minimalist electronic score.

Trace
Kevin Simmonds
2012USAvideo, B&W, sound,1 min.World Premiere
59 seconds exploring the male body as manipulated naturally and through film techniques.

Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty
Patty Berne
2013USAvideo, color, sound,32 min.US Premiere
Sins Invalid is a documentary about a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color, queer and gender-variant artists, as communities who have been historically marginalized. The performance work of Sins Invalid serves as an entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability. Since 2006, their performances have explored themes of sexuality, embodiment, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance. The path to the stage and the performance itself manifest a new paradigm -- disability justice. Including interviews with cast members and project director, the film features performances by Nomy Lamm, Cara Page, Maria Palacios, ET Russian, Antoine Hunter, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha , seeley quest, Mat Fraser and Rodney Bell.

Resisterectomy
Chase Joynt
2012Canadavideo, color, sound,8 min.NY Premiere
Resisterectomy juxtaposes the narrative of trans sex reassignment surgeries with the narrative of cancer surgeries--mastectomy and hysterectomy--the same surgeries, organized in relation to very different modes of telling, showing and embodiment. A 4-part multi-media moving image, picture and text installation that challenges the boundaries of a gendered body through the examination and infiltration of, in and on various medical procedures and spaces.

My Kundalini Hurts
Derick Allison
2014USAvideo, color, sound,15 min.World Premiere
Ritualistic drug use, black magick and autofellatio create a transcendent and euphoric performance of sexuality, either a symptom of isolation or a response to it. Disco balls and glitter semen infuse the pastoral atmosphere with a taste of urban subculture. Like a sacred instructional text, Kundalini is broken into three chapters corresponding to three stages of subversive sexual enlightenment: Go Numb, Into The Disgusting Swamp and Crucifucked. The film has a wide visual vocabulary, incorporating metaphor and humor into its language, and occasionally the images spiral out into hypnotic refractions of themselves. Scored with a home-made soundtrack.

Pond
Deirdre Logue
2011Canadavideo, color, sound,4 min.US Premiere
Using bread and the fish in an overpopulated swimming hole, the artist tests her nerve with the act of reciprocation and the fear of the monsters that reside below the surface. Situating the body in initially reassuring environments, this work illustrates how navigating even the most pastoral landscapes can result in turmoil between animated forms.

Córrer (Running)
Eloi Biosca
2013Spainvideo, color, sound,2 min.US Premiere
CÓRRER follows a nude athlete as he runs along the beach. Tracing his body as we hear the meditative sound of his bare feet hitting the sand, the film serves as homage to classical ideals of the human body as achievement.

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Edited: November 13th, 2014

Sins Invalid & Un(dis)sing Our Abilities at MIX NYC

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Sins Invalid and Un(dis)sing Our Abilities are both playing at the Mix Festival!

MIX NYC is a community of artists and organizers joined together to explore, share, and create queer experimental media through an ever-changing constellation of means. We make art for ourselves and our community, not for markets or museums. As always, at MIX 27 we are proud to present the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer-identified figures in avant-garde cinema.

http://www.mixnyc.org/27/

ACCESSIBILITY NOTES:

MIXfest is held inside a warehouse space that has been rapidly converted to the Hive. As such, accessibility is a rolling issue and Mix is committed to providing as accessible an atmosphere as possible and being transparent about the reality of the space.

The space is elevated, accessed by 4 steps or a 40 ft ramp (1:12 incline, with 2 level rest landings along the way) that has been constructed for the event. There is an outside smoking area accessed by 4 steps. Those unable to use steps will be welcome to light up next to the door or out front (SCREENING ROOM WILL BE 100% SMOKE FREE).

There are 2 all-gender, single-occupant bathrooms. The doors for these bathrooms are 30″ wide. Any chair users for whom that width is not a barrier will find ample turn-around space inside. The bathroom on the left is equipped with a grab bar.

In the screening room, there will be space for BYOC, chair parking, and plenty of seats with and without arms in a designated ‘access priority’ space closest to the door. This space is also designated as a scent and chemical free zone. There will be spaces in the front designated for ASL users.

***Regarding access for Deaf/HoH people:  While Sins Invalid will be captioned, it is most likely that the rest of the films in One Size Fits all will not be, and there will be no ASL interpreter for the intro or Q&A (clearly one size does not fit all).  However, ALL films in the Un(dis)sing Our Abilities showcase will be CAPTIONED, and ASL Interpreter Christine Quinton has just been confirmed.***

As the space is a very old warehouse with a motorcycle garage next door, there may be faint chemical odors. Volunteers will be cleaning the space with scent free cleaner prior to the event, and guests are being encouraged to not use scented products.

As always, practice self care in preparation for this event and feel free to comment or message with any specific concerns you may have!

 

Edited: November 2nd, 2014

10/16/14 – New Parkway Theater

Who
Un(dis)sing Our Abilities
When
Thursday, October 16, 2014
9:30pm - 18+ Buy Tickets
Where
New Parkway Theater (map)
474 24th St.
Oakland, California, US 94612

THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland's Uptown district. Sit back and relax in our cozy couches while watching our new releases, cult classics, and fabulous special programming. Plus, enjoy yummy food and local beer and wine in our café or even delivered right to your theater seat all at affordable prices!

Every week we have something for everyone... from Doc Night to Baby Brigade and Nerd Nite to Party at the Parkway, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Open Mike Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, Trivia Thursdays, and First Fridays.

the 24th @ Telegraph address is easily accessible via bus and BART, and smack in the middle of the bustling hub known as Uptown

The New Parkway = Film. Friends. Food. Fun on Tap.

Other Info
UN(DIS)SING OUR ABILITIES, featuring a Q&A with the curators and participating artists and filmmakers

Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase presented by Periwinkle Cinema that explores sensuality, intimacy, safety and consent through the lens of the less-represented. Curated by Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy, this screening implores the erotic pleasure and sexual abilities of those of us dissed, dismissed, (mis)labeled, disabled and generally passed over in mainstream queer crowds. Redefine sexy through sex and sensuality that is healing, empowering and arousing. You'll get turned on by fat, crip, and porn, challenge and subvert your notions of gender, sexuality and self, while exposing what it means to "work with what we got (or not)." Experience images of the sexually empowered within our own very different, and always changing bodies. We tell our stories on film and come together to experience each other's in the dark, then see each other in a new way when the lights come up. This screening includes short films by Mars/Mar Rosas, Mihee-Nathalie Lemoine, Lorin Murphy, Sadie Lune w/Kay Garnellen, Courtney Trouble featuring Jiz Lee and Lyric Seal, Crystal Mason, beyonDeep productions featuring GWS and Kei X, seeley quest, Patricia Berne, MOON RAY RA, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Todd Herman featuring Leroy Moore and the brand new short movie "Wall of Fire" by and featuring Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser. Wall of Fire was completely underwritten and fully funded by the Smitten Kitten. The curators and filmmakers will be in person to present the showcase and for a brief Q & A. 18+ This shorts showcase is captioned for HoH/deaf and intro/q&a will be ASL interpreted. the venue and bathrooms are accessible and there are a wide variety of chairs at the venue. we encourage BYOC (bring your own chair) so that your body is comfortable. please refrain from wearing scents. please let us know if you have any accessibility questions.

this screening is a fundraiser for our NY Mix screening in November. the money raised will be used to send artists to NYC and to help make ASL interpretation in NYC possible.

more accessibility = more sexy

please visit our crowdfunding site! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/undissing-our-abilities-more-accessible-more-sexy/x/205923

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Edited: October 16th, 2014

09/27/14 – The Emerald Tablet

Who
100 Thousand Poets for Change
When
Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
80 Fresno Street (in North Beach)

San Francisco, California, US
Other Info
Come to the Bay Area Poetry Marathon's 100TPC event, and join other poets, musicians, artists, dancers, photographers, performing artists, around the USA & across the planet, in a demonstration & celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change. http:/www.100TPC.org

This year's staggeringly fabulous line-up includes:

* DODIE BELLAMY * JOHNNY HERNANDEZ * RJ INGRAM * NOMY LAMM * LORELEI LEE * BEN MIROV * COLIN PARTCH * MONICA STORSS * SUNNYLYN THIBODEAUX *


Doors open at 7pm.
Reading begins at 7:30pm *SHARP*


More info here (http://bayareapoetrymarathon.net/2014/09/17/100tpcevent2014/) and here (http://emtab.org/event/bay-area-poetry-marathon-sept-27-2014/)


For more info, contact series curator Donna de la Perriere

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Edited: September 27th, 2014

100 Thousand Poets for Change

100thousandpoetsforchange

Saturday, September 27 is 2014′s global 100 Thousand Poets for Change Day (http:/www.100TPC.org)!

The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street (in North Beach)
San Francisco

Come to the Bay Area Poetry Marathon’s 100TPC event, and join other poets, musicians, artists, dancers, photographers, performing artists, around the USA & across the planet, in a demonstration & celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change.

This year’s staggeringly fabulous line-up includes:

* DODIE BELLAMY * JOHNNY HERNANDEZ * RJ INGRAM * NOMY LAMM * LORELEI LEE * BEN MIROV * COLIN PARTCH * MONICA STORSS * SUNNYLYN THIBODEAUX *

Doors open at 7pm.
Reading begins at 7:30pm *SHARP*

More info here (http://bayareapoetrymarathon.net/2014/09/17/100tpcevent2014/) and here (http://emtab.org/event/bay-area-poetry-marathon-sept-27-2014/)

For more info, contact series curator Donna de la Perriere

Edited: September 26th, 2014

09/20/14 – Temescal Arts Center

Who
Girlstock 10
When
Saturday, September 20, 2014
6:00pm - All Ages
Where
511 48th St.
Oakland, California, US 94609
Other Info

* * T R A N S C E N D E N T A R T P A R T Y D A Y 1 * *

ART AUCTION, POETRY, LIVE MUSIC, BURLESQUE, & SNACKS!

F R E E

* * A R T A U C T I O N * *
Stop on by to enjoy and bid on the incredible artwork of over 15 local artists, including Jade Ann B., Marsha Balian, Katherine Copenhaver, Sarah Waite Chase, Lisa Ganser, Shelley Harrison, Page Hodel ("Monday Hearts for Madalene" creator) , Cha Levias (Recently chosen by LightBox Photographic Mobilemagic Galley Show for her stunning iPhone images), Amelia Lewis, E. Oscar Maynard, John Middle, Jeremy Novy (San Franciso and Nationwide "Koi Graffiti Stencil Artwork" Street Artist), Voula O'Grady, Shreya Shah, Jen Solomon, Maei Thomas, Teri Thompson, Jessie Trinchard, and Trixie Wiley! Refreshments will be available.

* * S P O K E N W O R D * *
Hear stories told by Nomy Lamm and Irene McCalphin, two compelling spoken word artists who will stimulate your mind with magnificent tales about life.

* * L I V E M U S I C * *
Listen to rock, americana and yummy accordion licks as performed by Jolie, Mark Caputo and Nomy Lamm.

** B U R L E S Q U E **
Watch the polished and honed burlesque moves of Blue Charisma and Magnoliah Black!

100% of the proceeds from the sale of all artwork will go directly to the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, while promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and collaboration.

Please visit http://www.girlstock.com/ for all the details!

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Edited: September 20th, 2014