Malic Amalya is a moving-image artist working at the cross sections of avant-garde cinema traditions, queercore DIY communities, and feminist and critical race theories. Working in 16mm film and lo-fi video, Malics work traverses the political implications and emotional impact of estrangement. Images linger over abandoned spaces, decaying fauna, and overgrown wreckages. Forms, sounds, signifiers, and narratives deteriorate and then reform. Slow unveilings, deliberate repetition, and unexpected juxtapositions highlight disregarded details. Tensions rise between preciousness and abjection within the discarded and the overlooked.
Malic is the recipient of the 2014 GOLDIE Award in Film
, presented by the SF Bay Guardian. The Museum of Transgender History and Art named him as one of the 2013 "Unrecognized Artists of the Year." Malic's film Gold Moon, Sharp Arrow
won Best Experimental Film at the 2012 Northwest Filmmakers' Festival in Portland, Oregon.
Malic's films have screened widely, including in the Crossroads Film Festival in San Francisco, the TIE Cinema Exposition, the Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival, and MIX NYC. He has also presented his work at Outpost for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; The Nightingale in Chicago; TransOcular: New Perspectives in Transgender Art, Media, and Politics in Philadelphia; Yale University; CalArts; Chicago Filmmakers; and the TransSomatechnics Conference held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In addition to his own films and videos, Malic curates INFRARED: New Visions from the Queer Underground
, an annual shorts program in the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. He was also the cinematographer for the award-winning documentary feature Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance
Malic currently teaches video production at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and in the Public Education Department at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). He holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from SFAI. Originally from Vermont, Malic lives in Oakland, California with his partner Nathan Hill.