59 • Residency

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59 is an experimental film anthology created by Leslie Foster for the 2017 Level Ground Artist-In-Residence program.

The project is an exploration of how a series of collaborations and a set of creative restraints fuse to make 11 unique films steeped in the controversial space of faith, gender, and sexuality. The project culminated in a week-long public gallery installation in Los Angeles in June 2017. 

59 was featured in a Vice Creators article, This Short Film Series Isn't For You


Leslie’s self-imposed restraints:

  1. One film a month must be created between May 2016 and April 2017.

  2. Each film must be exactly 59 seconds.

  3. Each film must be created with a different collaborator, preferably from a different discipline.

  4. Leslie cannot be the sole originator of any of the ideas; they must be created in full collaboration with the respective artists. 

  5. The artistic collaborators cannot be cis men.


The Trailer


The Creator

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H Leslie Foster II has spent 13 years in the film industry. His films are subversive distillations of a lifetime of travel, a love of spirituality, and a passion for activism and the queer community. He most recently debuted the experimental film gallery installation “Ritual Cycle,” a beautiful and challenging exploration of divine identity from the perspectives of the divine as sibling, love, feminine, and genderqueer.


the collaborators


project stills


gallery installation

Opening Night•Aerial House•East Los Angeles•May 26, 2017