An Evening with Gregg Bordowitz
1989-1993, Marlon Riggs and Gregg Bordowitz, USA, total 110 min.
- Fri, May 17th 7:00pm
Gregg Bordowitz presents two films, one by himself, and one he admires:
1989, Marlon Riggs, USA, 55 min.
A quarter of a century after its release, director Marlon T. Riggs’s documentary TONGUES UNTIED, winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and the Best Documentary prize at the Berlin Film Festival, is as relevant as ever. The stories are fierce examples of homophobia and racism: the man refused entry to a gay bar because of his color; the college student left bleeding on the sidewalk after a gay-bashing; the loneliness and isolation of the drag queen. Yet they also affirm the black gay male experience: protest marches, smoky bars, “snap diva,” humorous “musicology” and Vogue dancers. ProRes digital. (Description courtesy of Frameline)
FAST TRIP, LONG DROP
1993, Gregg Bordowitz, USA, 55 min.
In the spring of 1988, video-maker/activist Gregg Bordowitz tested HIV-antibody positive. He then quit drinking and taking drugs and came out to his parents as a gay man. FAST TRIP, LONG DROP, his imaginative autobiographical documentary, began as an inquiry into these events and the cultural climate surrounding them. While writing the film, a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, and his grandparents were killed in a car accident. The cumulative impact of these events challenged his sense of identity, the way he understood his own diagnosis, and the relationships between illness and history. ProRes digital. (Description courtesy of the Video Data Bank)
This program is presented in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago’s monographic exhibition "I Wanna Be Well" (April 4-July 14), a retrospective of the film, video, and interdisciplinary work of Gregg Bordowitz, exploring the artist’s Jewish, gay, and bisexual identities within the context of the ongoing global AIDS crisis. Visit
https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/9170/gregg-bordowitz-i-wanna-be-well for additional information. Bordowitz's 1996 film THE SUICIDE will be shown at the Film Center on June 8.
Gregg Bordowitz is scheduled to be present for audience discussion in dialogue with Arnold Kemp, Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.