FRIDAY, APRIL 1 – 7PM
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Elegy in the Street
(1989) – 16mm, self-processed, color, silent, 29 min
Exploring the AIDS crisis from both a personal and a political perspective, the film intertwines two main motifs: memories of Roger Jacoby, a filmmaker who died of AIDS, and the development of a mass response to AIDS. The collective response begins with mourning at a candlelight vigil and the deep sadness of the AIDS Quilt and then progresses toward a much more determined reaction by ACT-UP: first, in the Gay Pride March in New York City, then in separate demonstrations that build in militancy — with a corresponding increasingly heavy-handed response by the police — culminating in a demonstration during a baseball game and the thumbs-up sign of a teenager sporting a Silence = Death button.
(1991) – 16mm, self-processed, color, sound, 8 min
In Hubbard’s work, scenes shot at two national gay marches on Washington, DC are juxtaposed to reveal some of the devastating changes in the gay movement from 1979 to 1987, as hope is replaced by frustration and mourning.
(1992) – 16mm, self-processed, color, sound, 8 min
An intimate portrait of songwriters, performance artists and lovers Dan Martin and Michael Biello.The Dance explores the interconnectedness of their domestic life, art work and the selfless devotion to a community of artists they helped to create and support. This film uses hand-processed footage to convey the emotional intensity of their lives. The handmade quality of the film imparts a sense of poignancy and brotherly loving in the era of AIDS. Based on “The Dance,” a song about living on in the face of loss, with music by Dan Martin and lyrics by Michael Biello.
Footsteps on the Ceiling
(2013), video, black & white, sound, 6:00 min.
Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders with Thelma Ritter, Celeste Holm and Marilyn Monroe
Footsteps on the Ceiling is a meditation on ambition and careerism utilizing altered footage from All About Eve, with a soupçon of reflection on the themes of memory, film within gay culture and video image processing. In the film All About Eve, three plays play a part in the plot: “Aged in Wood” is the play that features Margo Channing (Bette Davis). “Remembrance” is the play that Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) supposedly saw Margo play in San Francisco.
“Footsteps on the Ceiling” is the play for which Eve wins the Sarah Siddons Award Footsteps on the Ceiling (the film) is the third part of the All About Eve triptych and ideally would be shown following the other two films, which are:
Aged in Wood – Roger Jacoby
(1975) self-processed 16mm, sound, 12 min
Three friends – Ondine, Sally Dixon and Stephen Koch – watch All About Eve. The film is shot from the front of a theater and processed so that there is almost no image, mostly what is seen is film grain. The viewers’ comments and snippets of film dialog rise up out of the projector noise. The viewers must decide for themselves what is happening, what it is about and thus the film becomes a meditation on the cinema watching experience.
Remembrance – Jerry Tartaglia
(1990) video, b&w and color, 5 min.
A short remembrance of growing up gay, searching for an identifiable image on the movie screen. This character chose Bette Davis in All About Eve. The film includes clips from Davis’ performance and the narrator’s childhood home movies.