..Fight Back, Fight AIDS: 15 Years of ACT UP
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Over the span of its 15-year history, ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) has helped to transform the world's consciousness about HIV and AIDS, and made activism a vital part of the LGBT political landscape. Comprehensively documented by media activists and video collectives, the bold strategies, media savvy, and decidedly queer wit of ACT.UP remains a fresh source of inspiration to today's artists and activists through the invaluable trove of images sampled in this dynamic program of AIDS activist video. __,,|MIX.2002|.
In 1987 with AIDS deaths in the thousands and government policy still criminally indifferent, activists formed ACT.UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) with the sentiment "turn anger, fear, and grief into action". James Wentzy's documentary Fight Back, Fight AIDS: 15 Years of ACT.UP uses archive footage of speeches, demonstrations and ACT.UP meetings as it follows the group's imaginative, inspiring and in-your-face campaigning over 15 years. Deploying increasingly bold tactics such as demonstrations, civil disobedience, die-ins and political funerals, ACT.UP has addressed issues including more research funding, quicker drug testing, AIDS prevention education, government intervention, and most recently, measures to combat the disease in Africa. __,,|BERLINALE.PANORAMA|
In March 1987, the first AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) event took place on Wall Street. In the 15 years since the protest that shut down the world's financial center, ACT UP has been at the forefront of public awareness. Their demonstrations, die-ins, political funerals, marches, and speeches were key in propelling issues related to HIV/AIDS into major political and international topics. ACT UP member and AIDS video activist James Wentzy has constructed a vivid compilation documentary with Fight Back, Fight AIDS: 15 Years of ACT UP. The powerful clips depict the multiple bold events that ACT UP has staged, including: the inspiring First ACT UP action on Wall Street protesting the profiteering of the pharmaceutical companies that made AIDS-related drugs; National Nine Days of Rage, in which more than 50 ACT UP chapters congregated on the New York state capital to protest AIDS policies (or the lack thereof) involving IV drug use, homophobia, people of color, women, prison programs, and children with AIDS; and intense coverage of political funerals of ACT UP and affinity group The Marys, which included carrying an open coffin from Washington Square to the New York Republican Party headquarters on West 43rd Street, as well as an open casket political funeral in front of the White House. With fierce images and speeches, including many poignant ones by film historian and ACT UP pioneer Vito Russo, Fight Back, Fight AIDS is a dynamic alternative historical record of the queer political landscape, HIV/AIDS, and AIDS activist video. __,,| TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL |
FIGHT BACK, FIGHT AIDS: 15 YEARS of ACT UP
documentary by .James Wentzy 76-minutes (2002)
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.MIX 2002 (16th New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film and Video Festival
.PREMIERED ,November 21st, 2002 .Anthology Film Archives, New York City . |.website.|.
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SAN FRANCISCO 27th International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
June 25th, 2003 6:30 PM Herbst Theatre | website | Catalog Description (pdf)
World Jubilee Conference of Metropolitan Community Churches Dallas, Texas July 4th, 2003 | website |
. LOS ANGELES 21st GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL :
REEL CHANGE: DOCUMENTING AMERICAN ACTIVISM .. Provocative, intelligent and inspiring, this astonishing collection of documentaries focuses on queer Americans who have committed their lives to progressive social change. The series salutes their historical impact on issues of sexuality, gender, racism, AIDS and economic justice. In these formidable times for dissent, the outspoken activists chronicled here remind us what democracy looks like. FIGHT BACK, FIGHT AIDS: 15 YEARS OF ACT UP The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power was formed 15 years ago in response to the inconceivable paralysis of the American establishment in responding to AIDS. Their mission: to turn anger, fear and grief into action. With smart marketing campaigns, media savvy and creative civil disobedience, ACT UP energized queer politics and brought radical activism to the forefront of LGBT culture. Using his own video documentation and archival footage -- granting access to the initial organizing meetings, ashes thrown on the White House lawn, political funerals in the streets, and one of Vito Russo's final great speeches -- director James Wentzy has constructed a valuable and inspirational history of ACT UP that screened at the Berlin Film Festival. -- KMS
SATURDAY . JULY 12, 2003 . 9:30 PM . DGA 2 | website | Catalog Description (pdf)
National Association of People with AIDS
Staying Alive Conference: Two Decades of Positive Leadership
Denver, Colorado August 15, 2003 Denver Museum of Nature and Science | website |
Next 5 Minutes 4 International Festival of Tactical Media
Amsterdam 11 - 14 September 2003 | website watch mpeg4 stream |
Next 5 Minutes is a festival that brings together art, campaigns, experiments in media technology, and transcultural politics. Next 5 Minutes revolves around the notion of tactical media, the fusion of art, politics and media. The festival is organised irregularly, when the urgency is felt to bring a new edition of the festival together.
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October 3, 2003 Friday 9:30 pm Wellesley College, Boston | website |
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Pacientes de SIDA pro Politica Sana
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October 18, 2003 Saturday 2:30pm Free Capitol Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library | website |
Reel Affirmations Washington DC 13th International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
October 19, 2003 Sunday 6:00 pm JCC Theater | website | Catalog Description (pdf)
We are angry, we want action! Last year the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. It was March 1987 when ACT UP staged its first protest on Wall Street to draw attention to the profiteering of AIDS drug manufacturers. Ever since, ACT UP has held a prominent position in HIV/AIDS public and political activism. Through ACT UPs own video-documenting affinity group DIVA TV, many public spectacles protesting bureaucratic inaction are captured and shown in this documentary. There is no narration or script, only a timeline. This film powerfully offers the real thing: archival footage of marches, protests, speeches and meetings, including a magnificent speech by Vito Russo on the similarities between AIDS and war. Touching, factual, political and angry, this documentary shows the contribution ACT UP has made in fighting the scourge of AIDS.
More than just a historical account of ACT UP, this film shows how we can turn anger, fear and grief into action for positive change.
World AIDS Day Screenings December 1, 2003
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1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street New York City all day screenings
UNAIDS JAKARTA Indonesia .
3rd World Human Rights Art Festival Athens Greece. | website |
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Pioneer Theater East Village 155 East 3rd Street at Ave. A .
Monday, December 15, 2003 @ 7:00 PM. ticket sales donated to ACT UP
National Conference on Organized Resistance
January 24-25, 2004 on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. | website | .
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