Michael LaRocco, San Francisco, Artist

Michael LaRocco is an interdisciplinary artist that challenges narrative assumptions about queerness, memory, and visibility. His work as a writer, filmmaker, and sound artist is primarily concerned with shattering barriers, provoking dialogue, and presenting alternative narratives about social and political issues. To date his film and art work have been screened and exhibited at +48 Social Club Gallery in Tokyo, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Retro Avant Garde Film Festival in Venice, The Fotogenia Film Festival in Mexico City, The Dark Room Festival in London, and the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco. LaRocco is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. His first novel "Come As You Are" was shortlisted for the Impress UK Book Prize in in 2019. His film "The Magic Hour" was awarded the best short film at the 2020 Retro Avant Garde Film Festival in New York City. His recent film "Man on Fire" was a SemiFinalist at the Stockholm City Film Festival in 2021. LaRocco is currently at work on a new SciFi novel set during the pandemic.