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Our Forbidden Country is a stop-motion animated feature film about Queer culture, community and cruising.
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Our Forbidden Country is the second stop-motion animated feature film from Clyde Petersen, writer, Director and animator of the critically claimed acclaimed Torrey Pines. This new queer film is influenced by the writings of some of my favorite historic and contemporary GLBTQI authors like David Wojnarowicz, Joan Nestle and Tom Spanbauer. With a focus on stories surrounding queer community, Our Forbidden Country touches on topics of secret and forbidden love, sex with strangers, the lives of hustlers, the impact of AIDS on homosexuals, historic events and rebellion all interwoven with several personal narratives. 

With the spirit of Todd Haynes Superstar, the dreamlike quality of the infamous art film Boys in the Sand and the stories from Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz, Petersen turns to written materials and firsthand accounts to source the ephemeral remnants of a gay culture that was always underground and is all but extinct in our “beyond the closet” society.   A picture starts to emerge when you begin to examine the impacts of a loss of an entire generation of vibrant queer artists.  A picture begins to emerge when you start to celebrate infinite intimate moments within the queer community. A picture takes shape as you look into the gap in the generations between today’s queers and their elders. A picture starts to show itself, emerging from between the lines of society, rising up from the margins, a picture unwavering in intensity, an anthem, a memorial. A motion picture called Our Forbidden Country.

Clyde Petersen is a transgender/queer working artist from Seattle, Washington. Their first animated feature film, Torrey Pines, toured the world with a live score, playing in film festivals, DIY spaces, museums and independent theaters. Clyde currently has a solo exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum. 

Find out more about Clyde at: www.clydepetersen.com

Huffington Post praise for Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines: Select Festival Screenings
Torrey Pines: Select Festival Screenings

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Queer Pledge Screen Print Art Poster

Torrey Pines DVD

ManDate Album

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Making a feature stop-motion animated film is a lot of work, but I have done it before. I'm eager to collaborate with other artists to make this project become a reality. I've been dreaming about it for quite some time.

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    Our Forbidden Country Sticker

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    Dirty Poster by Clyde Petersen

    This dirty poster was drawn by Clyde Petersen. A still life drawing of a pile of copies of ManDate magazine, spread out on a bed, amidst a bottle of whiskey and a jar of peanuts. 18x24 inches, glossy, black and white reproduction. High quality printing!

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    Torrey Pines DVD

    A copy of Torrey Pines, the stop-motion animated feature film by Clyde Petersen. The story of a young queer teen growing up with a schizophrenic mother.

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    Film Soundtrack (Digital Download)

    A digital download of the original soundtrack to Our Forbidden Country.
    Dark, sludgy, nasty, pounding. You get to cruise to it in your own time.

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    ManDate: Oral History Album

    This brand new vinyl record from Cruisin' Records featured music by ManDate, Seattle's newest limpwave band. Members include Corey J. Brewer, Lori Goldston, Marc Mazique and Clyde Petersen. Hot pink vinyl! Limited edition with a download code.

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    A Filthy Postcard for you or a Friend

    I will send you or a friend a very filthy postcard. There is nothing funner than coming home to a surprise in the mail from Clyde Petersen. Just in time for the new year.

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    Our Forbidden Country T-Shirt

    Limited Edition Film T-Shirt! Guaranteed to be filthy.

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    Extremely Gay Mixed Tape

    No gay pride is complete without an extremely gay mixed tape soundtrack.

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    A Digital Download of the Film

    A Digital Download of Our Forbidden Country, after it plays in festivals.

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    Your Heart Breaks Box Set

    Six full-length albums on CD by Clyde Petersen and their band Your Heart Breaks.

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    Original Cruising Fiction by Clyde

    An original piece of cruising fiction. A short story written by Clyde Petersen. Send it to yourself or a friend.

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    You Become an Animated Extra in a Film

    We create a puppet version of you based on images you submit! You become a character in the film! (It's up to you to submit the images when we contact you for them through Kickstarter!)

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    Queer Pledge Screen Printed Poster

    This limited edition print by Kerstin Graudins and Clyde Petersen features the Queer Pledge of Allegiance. A rainbow roll print on heavy fine art paper. Insanely beautiful. You will love it. I promise.

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    Party Pack Box Set!

    Party Pack Box Set!
    The sticker, the filthy letter, the shirt, the downloads.
    You're a queen!

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    Film Prop (a piece of the set!) + more!

    An Ultra-Special piece of the film, sent to you after we are done shooting. Will it be a tiny beer bottle? A tiny used bottle of Poppers? You won't know until it arrives! Plus you get the shirt, the sticker, the downloads and the filth!

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    Producer Credit + Box Set

    Get yourself a producer credit plus all the amazing fun stuff we're making! Throw your weight around! Say, OUT OF MY WAY, I'M A PRODUCER!

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