FREE RADICALS OF NY
written and directed by
1989. We were young in New York City.
We were coming out of the closet. Our friends were dying.
We hit the streets in protest. We didn't have a choice.
I followed with my camera because neither did I.
Meet the womxn, artists, and activists who defied the status quo during a vital time in queer hxstory.
When you were queer in the eighties America didn't do the right thing.
So we had to.
MAKING A FILM
DURING COVID 19
It is Fall 2020 and we’ve been sheltered-in-place for 6 months. In the United States, almost 200,000 are dead from COVID-19 and as we write this there is no end in sight. We watch the death count rise as President Trump’s failure to lead, his apathy and his greed remind us of Ronald Reagan’s criminal failure to address the AIDS crisis until 4 years in. Citizen activists make masks for healthcare workers and we rely on State and Local leadership, peer education and mutual aid for our survival.
We are making a documentary from footage we shot 30 years ago during the AIDS epidemic. We intend to use this time of social distancing and staying home to reach out to people who appear in this material.
MAKING A FILM
I just heard the great Orator Barack Obama say: "This country was founded on protest. It is called the American Revolution."
It is June 3, nearly Summer 2020 and I’ve been streaming CNN and MSNBC non stop since George Floyd was murdered by the knee of a cop. The protests erupted 7 or 8 days ago. I am riveted by live streaming nationwide coverage and the media breathlessly narrating along in complete support and validation. It’s a seminal moment, long overdue. All 4 officers involved in the killing have been charged. It remains to be seen what will happen next. People are afraid that the moment will pass and nothing will change.
We shall see...
We’ll be foolish if we leave this unchanged.