Diana’s Hair Ego
Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, 2017, 8:47min
Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2017: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS
30 years after Ellen Spiro made “DiAna’s Hair Ego: AIDS Info Up Front,” the AIDS crisis is still raging in the deep South where the film was shot. Director Cheryl Dunye, after reading about the ongoing AIDS crisis in the South, visits DiAna DiAna and Dr. Bambi Gaddist in the hair salon in Columbia, South Carolina where they first began their innovative safe sex education work. DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX is the beginning of a new story and new hope in the face of an ongoing tragedy.
I Live For Menopause
Dayna Mcleod, 2018, 4:15min
In I Live for Menopause, Dayna McLeod uses her queer, aging, body to confront ageism with humour to imagine a menopausal future that is full of promise. Based on Lady Gaga’s 2013 Applause, Montreal musician Jackie Gallant scores a slamming dance track full of throbbing beats, synth, and underwater majesty.
Queer Disabled Podcaster Talks About Sex and Intimacy* | them.
Maria Tridas for them.us, 2018, 4:08min
Andrew Gurza is "Cripple Content Creator" who uses podcasting, social media, and speaking engagements to address sexuality and disability. In this video, created as part of them's "Bedtime Stories" series, he shares some stories from his sexual past, advice to disabled and non disabled folk, and lets us know why he calls himself the “bear in a chair”. Andrew Gurza is the host of the podcast 'Disability After Dark'.
Umber Ghauri is a professional makeup artist, and she mainly works with people of colour and the LGBTQ community. Her interest in gender, sexuality, race and image all stem from studying and writing about art during her art history course.
Umber explores how labels come together to form our identity, and how we choose labels for ourselves. Umber also talks about what it means to be disabled, and how many may not identify as being disabled, as it does not necessarily match up with what they believe a disability to be.
Selections from the Ektachrome Archive 1988-1996*
Lyle Ashton Harris, 2014, 7:07min
Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2014: ALTERNATE ENDINGS
Selections from the Ektachrome Archive 1986–1996 is a snapshot chronicling the moments—now memories—of this charged decade. This selection features over one hundred images taken by Harris from his extensive archive of Ektachrome photographs. Harris captures creatives and intellectuals including Nan Goldin, Samuel R Delaney, Stuart Hall, Essex Hemphill, bell hooks, Isaac Julien, Catherine Opie and Marlon Riggs among others in both intimate settings as well as now-historic events such as the Black Popular Culture Conference (1991), the opening for the Whitney’s landmark Black Male exhibition (1994), and his travels from New York to London and Los Angeles to Rome. In Selections from the Ektachrome Archive 1986–1996, bedroom scenes and personal mementos punctuate public presentations and social gatherings, as a register of Harris' life during the height of the AIDS crisis and its impact. Moreover, this archive takes the temperature of America’s recent past and charts its radical wepistemological shifts.
Chun Hua Catherine Dong, 2018, 30:11min
They is a four-channel film installation takes audiences into four women’s world to closely examine their ritualized daily lives, their obsessions, their struggles, and their determinations of being who they are. The four women are different but mirror each other: they deal with difficult transitions, ambivalent relationships, and desires that trouble them while also celebrating their own existences in a subversive but almost meditative way. The title of this film is derived from the gender-neutral pronoun they. They in this film is both singular and plural, referring women as unique individuals who are plural, but whose bodies have been marked as the other.
The Chemo Darkroom
Harvey Rabbit, 2018, 17:00min
Sex, pain, the unknown. 'The Chemo Darkroom' is ritual film about recovering the sexual self after chemotherapy. A woman named Orlando embarks on a voyeuristic journey in a gay darkroom, attempting to free herself of the memory of cancer treatment and remember who she was before.
* accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing audiences