DIVA TV  (Damned Interfering Video Activists)            www.actupny.org/divatv                    

 

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                         ACT UP video documentary (2002)
Fight Back, Fight AIDS: 15 Years of ACT UP

    

 

 

 

David Wojnarowicz Readings
AIDS Community Television series,originally telecast June 21 1993. Remastered and re-authored November 2004  (37:00)
David Wojnarowicz reading his work at the Drawing Center in 1992 (a few months before his death) as a benefit for Needle Exchange.
Begins with an introduction by Simon Watney. Concludes with Wojnarowicz Political Funeral Procession on the streets of the East Village, New York City, July 29, 1992  

    James Wentzy, producer directing editing camera          
Dean Lance, Ellen Spiro
  and  John Schabel, cameras

 

 

Day of Desperation     CBS News Zap, John Weir, Jon Greenberg, and Grand Central Terminal
AIDS Community Television series   Day of Desperation Redux    originally telecast January 25, 1994   (29:00)
On January 22, 1991, at the start of war once again, John Weir and others from ACT UP entered the studio of the CBS Evening News at the beginning of the broadcast, zapping Dan Rather chanting "AIDS is news. Fight AIDS, not Arabs!" before the control room cut to black. The same night, Jon Greenberg and others demonstrated at the studios of the [PBS] MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour. The next day, activists took over Grand Central Terminal during Rush Hour under the banners: "Money for AIDS, not for war" and "One AIDS Death Every 8 Minutes."

DAY OF DESPERATION FLYER: "Within a matter of months the U.S. Government is able to house, feed and provide health care for half a million people in the middle of the desert. But here at home, the Federal Government continues to routinely deny these same basic necessities to people living with AIDS. We wonder--as we fight a war for oil in the Persian Gulf--whether President Bush and Congress are conscious of the desperate state of the AIDS crisis in this country. We are. Through 10 years of this plague and 10 years of Republican administrations, there remains no leadership. After over-whelmingly (and with much fanfare) passing the C.A.R.E. Act (aka the Ryan White Act), Congress and President Bush failed to appropriate the funds necessary to implement this disaster relief. Why is it that when a hurricane or earthquake hits--and causes mostly property damage and relatively few deaths---federal dollars pour in? When a disease devastates whole communities and kills more than 110,000 men, women and children--more than twice the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War--our leaders remain silent. And you remain silent. Silence = Death."    

    James Wentzy, producer director editing cameras    
    David Buckingham, camera and production       
    Alessandro Codagnone, production

 

 

Political Funerals
AIDS Community Television (weekly series #109) originally telecast 1/31/95  [compilation]   (29:00)
DAVID WOJNAROWICZ: I imagine what it would be like if friends had a demonstration each time a lover or a friend or a stranger died of AIDS. I imagine what it would be like if, each time a lover, friend or stranger died of this disease, their friends, lovers or neighbors would take the dead body and drive with it in a car a hundred miles an hour to washington d.c. and blast through the gates of the white house and come to a screeching halt before the entrance and dump their lifeless form on the front steps. July 29, 1992.   ASHES ACTION: carrying the actual ashes of people we love in funeral procession to the White House, and in an act of grief and rage and love, depositing their ashes on the White House lawn. October 11, 1992.   MARK LOWE FISHER: I want my death to be as strong a statement as my life continues to be. I want my own funeral to be fierce and defiant, to make the public statement that my death from AIDS is a form of political assassination. We are taking this action out of love and rage. November 2, 1992.   TIM BAILEY: In our outrage and our despair, we're carrying the body of Tim Bailey along the same route traveled by the bodies of other slain heroes. After you've read this, we ask that you observe a moment of silence for Tim. A funny, smart, impassioned 35-year-old man who could have been your friend. Your son. Your brother. Your lover. Then, after you've observed a moment of silence, do whatever you can to tell this country's leaders that their indifference and inefficiency cannot and will not be tolerated. July 1, 1993.   JON GREENBERG: "I don't want an angry political funeral. I just want you to burn me in the street and eat my flesh," --announcing to all of his friends, especially in crowded elevators and in the presence of small children. July 16, 1993.   ALDYN McKEAN: What we as a movement have to be about is targeting specific issues that we can go out there and fight for -- and win. Because it is when you fight and win that people begin to understand that a radical analysis is correct and that civil disobedience and direct action work. March 4, 1994.     

    James Wentzy, producer director editing cameras
   John Schabel & Tony Arena, cameras    Ira Manhoff & Dean Lance, cameras   
Shraga Lev & Andrew Chang, camera    Ellen Spiro & Meg Handler, cameras

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    movie review    www.actupny.org/diva/polfunreview.html

 

 

 

 

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VITO RUSSO SPEECH    

   "Living with AIDS in this country is like living through a war
   that's happening only for those people in the trenches.
   Every time a shell explodes you look around to discover
   that you've lost more of your friends. But nobody else notices,
   it isn't happening to them."

            QUICKTIME MOVIE               TRANSCRIPT

         Speech delivered at the ACT UP Demonstration in Albany New York, May 9, 1988  
         and at the Department of Health and Human Services, Washington D.C. October 10, 1988



BOB RAFSKY READS   "I'M NOT DYING ANYMORE" 

    "This isn't a fucking show, we're actually dying!"



        QUICKTIME AUDIO


TONY MALLIARIS RAP      "STORM THE NIH"


         
QUICKTIME MOVIE





DAVID B. FEINBERG READING  

     "SNAP OUT OF IT"  from "Spontaneous Combustion"

     "...my favorite was 'taste perversion' "

            QUICKTIME MOVIE



MAXINE WOLFE STORYTELLING

   Shea Stadium Women's Action

  
    "Then all of the closet ballgame queers start standing up...."

           QUICKTIME MOVIE                         TRANSCRIPT  (based on interview)





WRITTEN BY KIKI MASON      

  "BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY"

    A wealthy, well-connected hetero friend recently said to me,
    "I'm amazed that you guys haven't turned to terrorism--
    everybody's afraid of you anyway..."


           QUICKTIME MOVIE                         TRANSCRIPT



JAIME MANRIQUE READING

 "A SADNESS AS DEEP AS THE SEA" from EMINENT MARICONES

    The last days of the Cuban-born writer Reinaldo Arenas
    "This plague
AIDS is but a symptom of the sickness in our age."

           QUICKTIME MOVIE                           TRANSCRIPT







NEGOTIATING SEX IN AN AGE OF PANIC

  Documentation of Sex Panic and Interviews of Negotiating Sex

           from the MIX 1997 Film Festival       QUICKTIME MOVIE




"BOOKS OF JAMES"    VIDEO BY  HO TAM

   Through a stack of personal journals, the video reconstructs
   a biography of the South Dakota born and New York City enlightened
   artist James Wentzy. Tracing his days starting out from struggling
   artist to AIDS activist....      
– original 17 minute version

There is a new full-length 73-minute version of "Books of James" currently screening at many Film Festivals.     see www.booksofjames.com

           QUICKTIME MOVIE



 "POLITICAL DECADENCE"

    De-ca-dence  1. A process of deterioration: decay.  2. A condition
    or period of decline, as in art or morals... in this case, political.

          MIX 1996 Film Festival       QUICKTIME MOVIE


see streaming video documentary FIGHT BACK, FIGHT AIDS: 15 YEARS of ACT UP




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