Join us for a night of documentary short films!
Kissing Doesn’t Kill (1990-U.S.-4 min.) directed by Tom Kalin
Part of a campaign initiated in 1989, this video is a component of Gran Fury’s plan to raise consciousness and advance medical and federal reform on AIDS policy. These ads ran on TV as a counterpart to controversial bus posters, which generated some intensely negative reactions. Using Benneton’s "United Colors" ad campaign to a decidedly different end, simple but powerful images and modern text deliver an enlighteningly direct message.
They Are Lost to Vision Altogether (1989-U.S.-13 min.) directed by Tom Kalin
They are lost to vision altogether is an erotic counterstrike to the Helms Amendment, the U.S. government’s refusal to fund AIDS prevention information explicitly for gay men, lesbians, and IV drug users. Kalin paints a portrait of the national fear and hysteria that has usurped compassion and care for people with AIDS. With Kalin’s usual visual finesse, the tape eloquently conveys the need for a sane and human response to the crisis that still acknowledges passion and sexuality.
Screaming Queens (2005-U.S.-57 min.) directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker
When San Francisco police raided a popular late-night hangout for transgendered people in the city’s impoverished Tenderloin district in 1966, the patrons unexpectedly fought back. It was the first known instance of collective, queer resistance to police intimidation in United States history. Screaming Queens tells the story of this little known uprising that helped launch a broader fight for human rights in America.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Wilder Pavillion , AAC 165
Wilder Pavilion, 165 Adamian Academic Center, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452