Scribe Producers' Forum
On Strong Shoulders / United In Anger: A History of ACT UP
On Strong Shoulders
dirs. Warren Bass, Dorothea Braemer, Chris Emmanouilides, Keith Fulton, Mike Kuetemeyer, Adrienne Murphy, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Andres Nicolini, Louis Pepe, Sloane Seale, Anula Shetty, Marie-Ann Walker , USA, 1995, digital, 30 min.
On Strong Shoulders is a collaborative documentary commissioned and produced by Scribe Video Center to look at heroes and heroines in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. Twelve Philadelphia filmmakers look at “a day in the life of caregivers, advocates and activists” as part of the observance of World AIDS Day, 1995.
United In Anger: A History of ACT UP
dir. Jim Hubbard, USA, 2012, digital, 93 min.
With director Jim Hubbard in person
A documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. The film combines startling archival footage, which puts the audience on the ground with the activists, with interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project to explore ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots perspective, examining how a small group of men and women of all races and classes came together to change the world and save each other’s lives.
Jim Hubbard is a filmmaker and AIDS activist. His repertoire of over 19 films includes Elegy in the Streets (1989), Two Marches (1991), and Memento Mori (1995). He co-founded MIX NYC: the New York Queer Film Festival, and created the AIDS Activist Video Collection at the NY Public Library.