December #87 : Cinema Variety - by Josh Sparber

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Baby Love

Fuzeon Fever

Artists With (out) a Cause

Wash 'n' Bear

Adoption Option

Make It a Date

Beijing Surprise

Apocalypse Now

Loan Shark

Fund Frisk

A Tempest in a T Cell

Slim Picks

Fat Skinny

Break Time

Straight Forward

Condoms Inc.

Steppin' Positive


Cinema Variety

Daddy's Dearest

Gift Rap

'Tis the Season

Publisher's Letter


In Vogue

Star Power

‘Tis the Season


Saving It

Getting Cheeky

Fix Is In?

Say What?

Cash Flown!

Full-Frontal Face

Wisdom Of The Ages


Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 2002

Cinema Variety

by Josh Sparber

Curl up with these strippers, hippies and divas to catch the latest viral-video wave

Circuit (2002)
Drama, 130 minutes
Distributed by Jour de Fete
POZ cover boy Paul Lekakis (February 2000) plays stripper-with-HIV Bobby Rocks in former Playgirl centerfold Dirk Shafer's film about the narcissism, hedonism and other riches of the gay-clubbing culture known as Circuit Parties. An ex-cop's small-town-to-big-city move quickly lands him underneath West Hollywood's biggest disco ball, where an abundance of unsafe sex and drugs makes Studio 54 look like a monastery.

The Cockettes (2002)
Documentary, 99 minutes
Distributed by Strand Releasing
Long before performance art and gender-bending there was the Cockettes, the late '60s San Francisco pansexual theater group that shared the love 24/7. Directors David Weissman and Bill Weber chronicle the fabled flight of these free spirits led by the inimitable Hibiscus, a 1983 casualty of AIDS.

Bombay Eunuch (2001)
Documentary, 71 minutes
Gidalya Films, 212.358.9620

Alexandra Shiva opens a window on the world of India's Hijra community -- an "extended family" of third-sex'ers voluntarily castrated at age 18. This is a poignant, witty tribute to a once-revered culture where ostracism, AIDS, prostitution and poverty have taken their toll.

Kevin's Room (2001)
Drama, 60 minutes
Black Cat Productions
Initially produced as an AIDS-awareness short for gay and bi men of color in Chicago, Sharon Zurek's unsentimental film centers on Kevin, a social worker who starts a support group for African-American gay men. The room becomes a place where real talk of coming out, condom use, HIV, race and religion taps a well of laughter, tears and fellow feeling.

6,000 a Day (2001)
Documentary, 55 minutes
First Run/Icarus Films
The AIDS catastrophe never had to happen, say veterans of amfAR, ACT UP, UNAIDS and other first-line survivors of the early years. With gripping testimony to the neglect, stigma and sexual panic that still drive HIV transmission, director Philip Brooks makes a case that HIV is a conspiracy of hate.

Undetectable: The New Face of AIDS (2001)
Documentary, 57 minutes
Distributed by Fanlight Productions
The no-sugar-coating Jay Corcoran tracks the ups and downs of six AIDS Lazaruses who are living the HAART "miracle" -- complete with every side effect and future shock imaginable. As real as it gets -- and what a relief!

It's My Life (2001)
Documentary, 72 minutes
First Run/Icarus Films
Director Brian Tilley follows gonzo Zackie Achmat, a South African AIDS activist who not only risks his health on an HIV-meds strike to spotlight his fellow HIVers dying for drugs, but runs around the country raising treatment-access hell.

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