Jim Hubbard (shown at left, now, and back in Act Up's salad days, below), written and edited by Ali Cotterill and produced by Sarah Schulman, the film takes us back to the 1980s and 90s, alternating scenes of Act Up in action with those of talking heads (both then and now) describing what the early days of AIDS were like -- and how and why Act Up came into being. Longtime political activist Maxine Wolfe tells us that when she first came to an Act Up meeting, she was shocked to discover that she knew literally no one in the room. But: "It was real," she adds. Says another, "Most of these people were political blank slates." Early member and media person (she worked for CBS) Ann Northrup explains how the group became determined to "not let this be business-as-usual."
House of Numbers may give you some clue as to what certain divisions regarding AIDS in the gay and medical communities were about.)
web site (that in NYC, at least) seems a bit out-of-date. Better to click on this link to get the latest news. And click here to see a fairly complete time line of Act Up activities. (At the end of the documentary, the filmmakers thank the thousands of members in the 147 chapters of Act Up nationwide, and in 20 other countries, as well.) See the film, of course, if you want to immerse yourself in an earlier age and in the gay activist organization that ruffled not just feathers but the bird entire -- and yet accomplished many of its goals with swift and surprising success.
Quad Cinema, with appearances elsewhere shortly thereafter. Click here to see all currently scheduled screenings, as well as past screenings at various international and U.S. festivals.