AIDS: EXPRESSION AND STATES OF MIND

MIX 94 the 8th New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival

ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES 32 SECOND AVE @ SECOND ST NEW YORK CITY

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1994 7:00 PM


Curatorial Statement:


This is an unsettling period in the history of our confrontation with AIDS. Something vital is slipping out of focus in our community: the coherence and cohesion in the fight against AIDS.

The lesbian and gay community were the heroes in fighting AIDS, refusing to accept the status quo when it was unacceptable. However, backs have been turned for too long as AIDS is treated as one of the many unchanging facts of life, a subject that no one can do anything about.

The lesbian and gay community has forgotten that any good accomplished had to be fought for and won by the courageous and radical. They have forgotten that anything that can change for the better can easily be changed back.

Those of us affected by HIV and AIDS have taken the lead in mobilizing the political will and energies necessary to deal with our own destinies. We are a community of people sharing a common sense of urgency and, all too often, a common oppression: ignorance, persecution and neglect.

You will seldom see us represented in the mainstream media or the queer press. Yet, we are talented and queer and express our needs, our anger, and our states of mind.

curated by James Wentzy


Program


VIRUS

Stuart Gaffney 3:25 1994 3/4" video
The thoughts of a man considering making a film about being HIV+.

FIRST AID FOR SOLDIERS
John Kramer 14:00 1993 3/4" video
"Coming back from the March on Washington and Gays in the Military, my mind turned morbid with thoughts of AIDS."

CONDOMNATION
Anne Chamberlain 8:00 1992 16mm
Condoms in safe sex education function as an assault on homosexual women, leaving them more susceptible to the disease.

IS THERE A CURE FOR MY FRIEND
Liza Lauber 10:30 1994 16mm
Made by an HIV positive woman and her best friend (appearing as themselves in the film), they search for a way to heal one another using the imaginative play of their childhood.

HALLOWED
Ylonda Stevens 8:00 1994 16mm
A cine-quilt for this lesbian filmmaker's best friend Scott (1960-1986) and how the negative social climate towards AIDS in the early years affected them both.

UNFORGIVEN FIRE
John R. Killacky 13:25 1993 3/4" video
Lamentation on grappling with ever-accumulating loss of lives.

BETWEEN YOU & ME (Tangled Garden Act III Sc. I)
Ken Anderlini 10:00 1994 16mm
Looks at the internalization of homophobia and fatalism present in mainstream representations of the AIDS crisis, as it reflects on the conflict between grief and desire in a gay man's psyche.

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

DIVA TV 6:00 1994 3/4" video
"A wealthy, well-connected hetero friend recently said to me: I'm amazed that you guys haven't turned to terrorism yet--everybody's afraid of you anyway."
(document written by Kiki Mason)


Producers' contact information: e-mail _actupny@panix.com

See also: "MIX-DEFYING" Review -- AFTERIMAGE January 1995