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A short documentary film that explores the complex and fascinating life of Bay Area artist, leather man, AIDS activist and renowned children's science educator Jok Church. Church revolutionized children's science education through his internationally syndicated comic strip, bestselling children's books, and the hit TV Show BEAKMAN'S WORLD.

Co-Director & Producers:

Kolmel W Love & Lex Sloan

Editor: Alex Albers

Trailer Editor: Andrew Sheets

We are excited to announce that Beakman & Jok  will be distributed by Frameline in 2023. 

This film is made possible by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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A quarantine inspired video with original music by Ed Varga.  

Online festival screenings 2020


Safehouse for the Arts
June 13 & 14, 2019

An international collaboration between a performance artist , a dancer and a video artist culiminating in a 20min performance debuted at Safehouse for the Arts in San Francisco.

Director & Choreographer: Tessa Wills

Dancer: Ronja Ver

Animation & Projections: Kolmel W Love

Documentation Photography: Mariah Tiffany

SOMArts Cultural Center
August 16 & 17, 2019

"I hope both robots and luddites walk away with a sense of curiosity, encouraged to imagine what the future might hold and what technological tools we might use, discard or redesign to get there" -  Kolmel W. Love

Curated by: Sian Morrison & Kolmel W. Love

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The festival brings together Bay Area artists and art collectives who leverage technology and new media in order to access the imagination, Futurity and Divine. The Festival features 24 Bay Area artists as part of SOMArts 40th Anniversary.

Complete list of artists:

Photos in Slideshow by Robbie Sweeny |  Background Photo Credit Per Sia compliments of Artist

SOMArts Cultural Center
August 17, 2019
Artist Television Access
June, 2018

Artist Collaboration with Eddie and the Heartbeats. Video accompanies live performance of the song "One More Miss America." Voices provided by Ed Varga. 

Eddie and the Heartbeats:

Kolmel W Love | CV



2007      University of Southern California, MFA High Honors

2003      University of California Los Angeles, BA, Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude


Grants, Residencies, & Collectives

2019      San Francisco Individual Artist Commission Award Recipient

2018     Double Union, Feminist Hacker Collective, San Francisco

2014     SICK Collective, Selected Artist

2013     Queer Cultural Center Grant Recipient 

2012     AIRSpace, Artist in Residency, The Garage

2007    International Flaherty Seminar, Student Fellow


Select Curatorial

2019     Rebooting the Future: SOMArts Cultural Center

2012-2016   The News, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco

2014    Womenhouse, WORK MORE #6, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco

2013-2015    Frameline Film Festival,  Animation, Experimental and Local Shorts, SF 

2012      This Is… Film Program, National Queer Arts Festival, Joe Goode Gallery, SF

2006     Homo A Go Go, Co-Director of Film Programming, Olympia, WA

2006     Foursomes, New New School, Rotating venues, Los Angeles

2005     Quit Art, Curated Lectures, New New School, CalArts, Valencia, CA


Select Film Screenings By Film

Beakman & Jok  

2021    Frameline: SF International LGBTQ Film Festival, Castro Theater, SF

2021    Long Beach Q Film Festival, Best Director Shorts 

2021    Revry Presents Queer X Festival

Guitar Idol

2018    Queer City Cinema 15,  Regina, Canada

2018    Festival De Film De Fesses, Paris, France

2018    MIX MEXICO: XXII Sexual Diversity Film Festival, Mexico D.F., Mexico

2018    MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, Mix Factory, NYC, NY

2018    This Is What I Want Festival, Center for Sex and Culture, SF

2018    Periwinkle Cinema, Artists’ Television Access, SF

2017    Frameline: SF International LGBTQ Film Festival, Victoria Theater, SF


One More Miss America with Eddie & The Heartbeats

2019    Eddie & The Heartbeats, SOMArts Cultural Center, SF

2018    The Ed Varga Experience, Periwinkle Cinema, Artists’ Television Access, SF


Hanky Code: The Movie, Cyan Hankie

2017    Hanky Code: The Movie, Periwinkle Cinema, Artists’ Television Access, SF

2017    GLITCH Film Festival, Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, England

2016    Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN

2015    National Queer Arts Festival, Center for Sex & Culture, SF

2015    MIX NYC Experimental Queer Film Festival, MIX Factory, NYC, NY

2015    Porn Film Festival Berlin, Moviemento Kino Berlin, Berlin, Germany


Alien Sex Video

2015    Frameline Film Festival, Victoria Theater, SF 

2014    BAHAHAHAHA, Periwinkle Cinema, Artist Television Access, SF

2013    Summer School 2013: Studying Bodies, Bay Area Public School, Berkeley

2013    Good Queer, LA Glory Holes, 2nd Annual Queer PopUp Art Village, Los Angeles

2013    Charming Roulette, Feminist PopUp Festival, Portland, OR

2012    Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities,


Forward Hand

2011    The January 13, The Fifth Dimension, Baltimore, Maryland

2011    Human Resources, Outfest: LA International LGBT Film Festival, REDCAT, LA

2011    Glitter Emergency, Frameline Film Festival, Victoria Theatre,San Francisco

2011    El Pulso De La Comunidad, MIX Mexico, Chopo Theatre, Mexico D.F., Mexico

2011    May Film Series, The Big Gay Warehouse, San Francisco

2009   Slippery Mess, CineMental, Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA


Select Film Screenings Continued: 

2013    Films with Live Soundtracks, Periwinkle Cinema, Artist Television Access, SF

2013    SICK, The Sick Collective, LGBT Center, San Francisco

2010    The Experimentals, Frameline Film Festival, Roxie Theatre, San Francisco

2012    What It Feels Like for a Girl, with Elijah Manelli, Trannyshack at DNA Lounge, SF

2005   TRYmorphous, MIX NYC: Queer Experimental Media Festival, NYC

2004   Sticky Bonds, Outfest: LA International LGBT Film Festival, REDCAT Theater, LA

2004   Brave New Shorts from the Queer Frontier, The Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle


Select Exhibitions, Installations & Performances:

2019    Roots, Collaboration with Artist Tessa Wills, SAFEHouse for the Arts, SF

2015    Thoreau: on Birds and Liberation, Night Life, SOMArts Cultural Center, SF

2014    Loving Care Vagina Painting, Womenhouse, SOMArts Cultural Center, SF

2014    The Seasons, collaboration with Tessa Wills, WORK MORE #6, CounterPULSE, SF

2012    To My Dearest Landscape Painter, AIRSpace Residency Premiere, The Garage, SF

2012    MASTERWORK, director Mica Sigourney, CounterPULSE, SF

2010    Confusion is Sex #2, The Other Side, Los Angeles

2007   The Way We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, performance with The Toxic Titties,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF

2006   Yoko Ono's Cut, performance with The Toxic Titties, Los Angeles Contemporary

Exhibits (LACE), Los Angeles

2005    Outsights…, The Los Angeles One Institute, Los Angeles

2005    Incognito I & II, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica

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