AIDS Film and Video

FMST 393                                                               Instructor: Ryan Conrad                                                                                AIDS FILM AND VIDEO                                  Office Hours: Thursday 1-3pm
Winter 2016
                                                            Email:
ryan.conrad@concordia.ca
Fridays 13h15-17h15
Location VA 114

 

Weekly Screening and Reading Schedule:

  1. Talking Heads

Screening:

Reading:

  • Hallas, Roger. “Historical Trauma and the Performance of Talking Heads.” In Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image, 35-76. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

 

  1. Direct Action Video

Screening:

Reading:

  • Hallas, Roger. “The Embodied Immediacy of Direct Action: Space and Movement in AIDS Video Activism.” In Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image, 77-112. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

 

  1. Resisting the Confessional Screening:

Reading:

  • Hallas, Roger. “Related Bodies: Resisting Confession in Autobiographical AIDS Video.” In Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image, 113-50. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

 

  1. Hollywood Does HIV/AIDS

Screening:

Reading:

  • Corber, R. J. “Nationalizing the Gay Body: AIDS and Sentimental Pedagogy in Philadelphia.” American Literary History 15, no. 1 (2003):107-33.
  • Sendziuk, Paul. “AIDS on Film and Video: Philadelphia or Death.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 16, no. 3 (2010): 443-449.

 

  1. AIDS in New Queer Cinema

Screening:

Reading:

  • Rich, B. Ruby. “New Queer Cinema.” Sight & Sound, Volume 2, Issue 5 (September 1992).

 

  1. AIDS Musicals and Music Videos

Screening:

Reading:

  • Knabe, Susan, and Wendy Gay Pearson. Zero Patience. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011.

 

  1. Experimental AIDS Video
*in class midterm exam* 

Screening:

Reading:

  • Hallas, Roger. “Gay Cinephilia and the Cherished Body of Experimental Film.” InReframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image, 185-216. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

 

  1. The Sound of Witnessing

Screening:

  • Blue, Derek Jarman, 1993, UK, 79min

Reading:

  • Hallas, Roger. “Sound, Image, and the Corporeal Implication of Witnessing.” In Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image, 217-40. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
  1. Indie AIDS
*Research proposal due at the beginning of class*

 

Screening:

  • Kids, Larry Clark, 1995, USA, 91min

Reading:

  • Pianezza, Pamela. “Larry Clark’s New Kids.” Dazed Digital. (May 2014). http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/19723/1/larr y-clark-s-new-kids
  • Schrader, Paul. “Babes in the Hood.” Artforum International. Vol 33, No. 05, 1995. 74.

 

  1. Primetime AIDS TV

Screening:

  • 72 Hours” Season 5, Episode 19, The Golden Girls, 1990, USA, 30min
  • Killing All the Right People” Season 2, Episode 4, Designing Women, 
1987, USA, 30min
  • Bad Blood Part 1” Season 5, Episodes 1, Degrassi, 1990, Canada, 
30min
  • “Together Apart” Season 3, Episode 8, The Real World: San Francisco, 
1994, USA, 30min

Reading:

  • Shamp, Scott A. “Guilty By Association: Homosexuality and AIDS on Prime-Time Television.” Edited by Emily C. Netzhammer. In Queer Words, Queer Images: Communication and the Construction of Homosexuality, by R. Jeffrey. Ringer, 91-106. New York: New York University Press, 1994.
  • Muñoz, José Esteban. “Pedro Zamora’s Real World of Counterpublicity: Performing an Ethics of the Self.” In Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics, 143-60. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

 

  1. A New Wave of Documentary Film

Screening:

Reading:

  • Juhasz, Alexandra. “Acts of Signification-survival.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 55 (Fall 2012). http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc55.2013/JuhaszAidsDocs/index.html.

 

  1. Hollywood’s Reinvestment in the AIDS Drama

Screening:

Reading:

  • Matthews, Dylan. “What ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ got wrong about the AIDS crisis.” The Washington Post. December 10, 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/1 0/what-dallas-buyers-club-got-wrong-about-the-aids-crisis/
  • “AIDS Activism in the Time of Dallas Buyers Club.” Focus Features. November 21, 2013. http://www.focusfeatures.com/article/aids_activism_in_the_time_of_dallas_buyers_club?film=dallas_buyers_club.

 

  1. Contemporary Experimental AIDS Film and Video

Screening:

  • Red, Red, Red, David Oscar Harvey, 2011, USA, 25min
  • things are different now…, Ryan Conrad, 2012, Canada, 4min
  • .. when did you figure out that you had AIDS?, Vincent Chevalier, 
2010, Canada, 5:36min
  • Le Pamplemousse, Shayo Detchema, 2011, Canada, 6min

Reading:

  • Fink, Marty, Alexandra Juhasz, David Oscar Harvey, and Bishnupriya Ghosh. “Ghost Stories: An Introduction.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 55 (Fall 2012). http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc55.2013/FinkDisabilityAids/index.html.
  • Harvey, David Oscar. “Ghosts Caught in Our Throat: Of the Lack of Contemporary Representations of Gay/bisexual Men and HIV.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 55 (Fall 2012). http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc55.2013/HarveyPoz/index.html.