Elegy in the Streets

Rental Format(s): 16mm film

Exploring the AIDS crisis from both a personal and a political perspective, the film intertwines two main motifs: memories of Roger Jacoby, a filmmaker who died of AIDS, and the development of a mass response to AIDS. The collective response begins with mourning at a candlelight vigil and the deep sadness of the AIDS Quilt and then progresses toward a much more determined reaction by ACT-UP: first, in the Gay Pride March in New York City, then in separate demonstrations that build in militancy - with a corresponding increasingly heavy-handed response by the police - culminating in a demonstration during a baseball game and the thumbs-up sign of a teenager sporting a Silence = Death button.

"... roars with urgency from beginning to end."
- Karl Soehnlein, Outweek

"... a powerful work that chronicles the filmmaker's experience of a political moment filled with personal loss."
- Jason Simon, Afterimage

"... exquisitely hand-processed ... miniature portraits of a friend ... infusing his memorial not with nostalgia, but activism."
- Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice

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16mm film $120.00  

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