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Dec. 1 7:00 PM
LET THE RECORD SHOW (2013; USA; 89 min)
World AIDS screening
Demetrea and Rebekah Dewald
LET THE RECORD SHOW sheds light on an essential yet largely ignored period in American art and history.
The year was 1988, and rage, despair and funeral gatherings defined a generation of New Yorkers. Young men roamed the streets of the city with death in their eyes. AIDS ravaged neighborhoods, stole the lives of the majority of dancers, painters, photographers, performance artists, poets and culturally influential minds. In the midst of this chaos a group of artists joined forces to create groundbreaking, politically charged works challenging the art world and creating a political chasm the size of the Grand Canyon. On one side stood a murderously inactive, religiously appeasing government and amorally silent media, and on the other were thousands upon thousands of disposable, disenfranchised young men and women with their lives on the line and no end in sight. From the ashes of a politically rooted epidemic rose viral street art that reflected and transformed American culture.
Performers, filmmakers, photographers, playwrights and visual artists who shook the foundation of American culture come together and speak passionately about their private, and highly political journeys. LET THE RECORD SHOW is an odyssey into the heart of New York City’s lost bohemia and a poetic look at the collective spirit of activism. Over 30 artists, living and dead, tell their story through their art, bringing to life the lost downtown art scene. They are all survivors of a silent war; activists and artists who refused to be censored, ignored or dismissed.
LET THE RECORD SHOW questions the future of LGBT and AIDS activism. There have been more US casualties to AIDS than WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. Are we prepared to continue losing the battle against AIDS? Are we ready to address homophobia and the AIDS stigma in an honest, public dialogue? Can we envision a day without AIDS, and what are we willing to do to make it a reality?
Rebekah and Demetrea Dewald are a mother-daughter film making team. Their unique vision has created a powerful story of love, loss, burnout and resistance. They explore artwork that challenged the status quo, changed patient’s rights, worked to end gender discrimination, and blurred the lines between private and public, transforming an entire culture with it. What emerges is a call to action as relevant now as it ever was.
General admission $5
Tickets may be purchased
This event is organized by QFest.
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