Expression=life [videorecording] : ACT UP, video, and the AIDS crisis
- Deep Dish T.V. Network.
- [New York, N.Y.] : Deep Dish TV, [2008?]
- Physical description
- 2 videodiscs (320 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- DIY media ; pt. 1.
- [Disc 1] Four programs from the Deep Dish TV archive: Transformer AIDS / Paper Tiger TV (1991; 58 min.)
- Angry initiatives, defiant strategies / John Greyson (1988; 58 min.)
- Be a diva/Like a prayer / DIVA TV (1990; 28 min.)
- Target: City Hall / DIVA TV (28 min.)
- [Disc 2] Panel discussion highlights and program selects: Expression=life screener (2997; 58 min.)
- Expression=life panel discussion (2007; 90 min.)
[Disc 1] Transformer AIDS: Bob Kinney and Paper Tiger TV perform a critical "reading" of Ronald Reagan's infamous 1987 speech to the American Pharmaceutical Industry, in which he finally acknowledged the AIDS crisis, six years into the epidemic. Angry Initiatives, Defiant Strategies: John Greyson produced this survey of the American gay community's response to the AIDS crisis, limned through the work of more than twenty artists and activists. Be a DIVA/Like a Prayer: Designed as a rebuke and corrective to the mainstream media's distortion of the AIDS crisis, Be a DIVA is the first production of DIVA TV, an ACT UP affinity group composed primarily of lesbian filmmakers, including Ellen Spiro, Catherine Gund, and Jean Carlomusto. Like a Prayer documents the landmark 1989 "Stop the Church" demonstration at St. Patrick's Cathedral, spearheaded by ACT UP and WHAM! (Women's Health Action and Mobilization.) Target: City Hall: DIVA-TV's coverage of one of ACT UP's most potent street protests in New York City.
- [Disc 2] Expression = Life Screener: A one-hour compilation of clips from these four programs, as well as material from Book of James, (produced by Ho Tam, with footage from James Wentzy). Expression = Life Panel Discussion: Panelists and audience- which included many original ACT UP members- examine the roots of ACT UP, the state of AIDS activism in the present day, and the role of media- both mainstream and movement-generated- in the successes and frustrations of social movements.
- Publication date
- Title variation
- Expression equals life
- ACT UP, video, and the AIDS crisis
- DIY media: movement perspectives on critical moments ; pt.1
- Originally broadcast between 1988 and 2007.
- Production credits
- DIY Media series produced by Mark Read.
- Panelists for 2007 panel discussion: Jay Blotcher, Jean Carlomusto, Stephen Duncombe, Ben Shepard, and James Wentzky.
- DVD-R, NTSC.
- Included Work
- Transformer AIDS.
- Angry initiatives, defiant strategies.
- Be a DIVA.
- Like a prayer.
- Target: City Hall.
- Expression = Life.
- Book of James.
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