59 • Residency
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:
One film a month must be created between May 2016 and April 2017.
Each film must be exactly 59 seconds.
Each film must be created with a different collaborator, preferably from a different discipline.
Leslie cannot be the sole originator of any of the ideas; they must be created in full collaboration with the respective artists.
The artistic collaborators cannot be cis men.
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.
Opening Night•Aerial House•East Los Angeles•May 26, 2017