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ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS
December 13th 7:00pm
Newly commissioned videos by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell premiering on World AIDS Day 2017.
Presented by the Tacoma Action Collective and made possible with the generous support of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th annual iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project.
The free film program begins at 7 PM, stay to discuss the films and learn more with a post film discussion led by the Tacoma Action Collective.
Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short films:
- STONES & WATER WEIGHT by Mykki Blanco
- DiAna's Hair Ego REMIX by Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro
- Atlantic is a Sea of Bones by Reina Gossett
- About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer by Thomas Allen Harris
- Goodnight, Kia by Kia LaBeija
- The Labyrinth 1.0 by Tiona Nekkia McClodden
- 100 Boyfriends Mixtape (The Demo) by Brontez Purnell
In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.
The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.
Learn more about Visual AIDS and ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS here.