Alexandra Juhasz AIDS Activism VHS Collection

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Title

Alexandra Juhasz AIDS Activism VHS Collection

Subject

AIDS Activism

Description

VHS Activism is based on collections of VHS tapes linked to themes like AIDS and Activism. Over the course of her career, Prof. Alexandra Juhasz collected hundreds of VHS tapes by film artists out of the mainstream of cinema. In some cases, these films are not commercially available. This collection is designed to bring together the digitizations of the tapes themselves with student-driven annotations, as well as records and references in other media, such as reviews, websites, and study guides. This project is part of the OER Pilot Project at Brooklyn College.

Creator

Alexandra Juhasz

Date

1980-2010

Contributor

Emily Faireu
Brianna Jones

Rights

Creative Commons

Format

Video VHS

Language

English

Collection Items

A Day Without Art
From television show "The Eleventh Hour - Art and AIDS," acquired as research for my dissertation and book, AIDS TV. Digitized for my course, VHS Archives.

A WAVE Taster
Made as part of the WAVE project: clips from the various excercises we did to learn how to make video, and learn more about AIDS and each other.

ACT UP NY highlights: from "United in Anger-History of Act Up"
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well…

AIDS in the Barrio
Acquired for Alexandra Juhasz's doctoral dissertation, which then became her book entitled "AIDS TV." Although initially digitized for Alex's Fall 2018 VHS Archives class, her Spring 2020 VHS Archives class has found particular interest in this…

Are You With Me?
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV." Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018. Made by AIDS Films as part of a significant early effort to get high-production films about AIDS and minority…

Bebashi/Amfar Dub, blank, Final Decision, Grandma's Legacy; Keep Your Laws off My Body
Composite tape of videos acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018. Ted Kerr and I write extesnively about the Bebashi tape for our book, We Are Having this Conversation…

Caring Sequences
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV." Made by my friend and colleague, Juanita Mohammed Sczepanski for GMHC's Living with AIDS Show. I continue to work with Juanita, and recently included her in Compulsive…

Carol Leigh: Music Videos, Whores and Healers, Take Back the Night
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018. Carol Leigh is a longtime collaborator and friend. We worked together on RELEASED: 5 Short Videos about Women and Prison. I…

Doctors, Liars, and Women: AIDS Activists Say No To Cosmo
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018."This spectacular David and Goliath story unfolds on the streets of New York, as the first action of the Women’s Committee in…

Hard to Get: AIDS in the Workplace
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV." Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018. Made by my friend and collaborator, Alisa Lebow for the New York Anti-Discrimination AIDS Task Force where she worked…

Homosexuality: One Child's Point of View
Juanita Mohammed Szczepanski is a community video artist and activist.
She uses inexpensive camcorder video technology to respond to the needs of those who matter to her. In her work at GMHC in New York City, Mohammed Szczepanski makes educational…

How to Have a Sex Party
Acquired for research for my doctoral dissertation, then monograph, AIDS TV. Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018.

Keep your laws off my body
A wordless comment on legislation affecting the human body, including pornography, obscenity, prostitution, and sodomy laws, as well as Roe vs. Wade, Webster, and the Helms Act. Some film footage shot in New York City at the AIDS ACT UP…

Like a Prayer
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018.

Loose Ends, Cartoon Le Mousse, Fever Dream 7, Kristallnacht
I taught these films for years. Amazing proto-feminist experimental film

Mildred Pearson: When You Love A Person
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV.A portrait of a mother taking care of her son who has been diagnosed with AIDS. Voiceover interview recorded on May 19th, 1988 at the Brooklyn AIDS Task Force in honor of…

Party Safe with DiAna and Bambi
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV." Features stellar safer sex education as activism and community building. Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018. Cheryl and I worked with Ellen to revisit the…

PWA Power
Made by my friends and colleagues at GMHC.

RELEASED: Five Short Videos about Women and Prison
A project I produced with other filmmakers and activists in a collective focusing on the challenges and possibilities of representation of abolition, women, and prison.

Safe Sex Slut
Carol is a longtime collaborator and friend. She was a subject of my Women of Vision, and we included her in Compulsive Practice (2016). Safe sex national anthem music video by sex worker activist, comedian, and artist, Scarlot Harlot.

Featured at…

Safer and Sexier: A College Students' Guide to Safer Sex
I made this video as an extracurricular activist project with students at Swarthmore College. Digitized for my VHS Archives class, Fall 2018. It's graphic sexual imagery, and de-coupling of sex and love, led to some protests by Christians, but…

Safer Sister; Reunion; (An)other Love Story; The Forgotten People: Latinas and AIDS Shadows
Composite reel of tapes acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. Dubs of tapes I made to review. Not sure what the last one is.

Self Protection: Teen Mothers Expand their Options
Self Protection: Teen Mothers Expand their Options was made within a public program for young mothers. Activist music videos were made with Alexandra Juhasz, Brian Goldfarb, and the youth group for young mothers trying to finish high school.The songs…

Testing the Limits Part 1 and 2
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. Made by my friend, colleagues, and fellow AIDS video activists in this important collective.

The Safer Sex Shorts
Made for activist safer sex education to diverse groups by GMHC's media department and led by Jean Carlomusto and Gregg Bordowitz. Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV.

Voices from the Front
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV." Made by my friends and compatriots in the AIDS activist video collective, Testing the Limits, many of who were in the Whitney ISP program before me.

WAVE: Self Portraits
Short videos made as part of the WAVE project which worked in an AIDS video collective to tell stories of urban women of color impacted by AIDS. The project is the subject of the final auto-ethnographic chapter of my disseration, AIDS TV. Digitized…

Women And AIDS
I made three tapes for the Gay Men's Health Crisis, under the supportive leadership of Jean Carlomusto. A great deal of important AIDS activist and educational video work was done there. This is one of the first videos made about this issue. It was…

Writing Desire
Gift from the filmmaker. We went to the Whitney Indepdenent Studio together in the 1980s and I brought her to Pitzer in the early 2000s to show her work. I follow her current work on immigration and the environment.

Finding Your Way: A Guide to Your Case in Family Court
The first video I was paid to make in a summer internship during graduate school at the Department of Juvenile Justice. I had very few skills, but they were happy with the video. It was edited at the foundational NYC community-video center, DCTV,…

Memories from the Department of Amnesia; Art of Memory
Two works of video art that I taught.

History and Memory
A film I taught with and still do because of Tajima's amazing mix of documentary, fiction, history, art, and feminism.

Compilation: "A Place of Rage"; "Illusions"
Two films I taught with for years by African American woman filmmakers. Julie Dash went on to make Daughter of the Dust. A Place of Rage is a celebration of African American women.

Framing the Panthers;  Counterterror
Two great videos shared with me by my friend, the activist video artists, Annie Goldson and Chris Bratton.

Video Remains
An experimental video made from the real-time video that I shot with my best friend, James Robert Lamb, as he was dying from AIDS in 1991.

AIDS Quarterly: 1-4
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV." Recorded from TV. Mainstream topical coverage.

Playing it Safe (intro V. Bertinelli): Protections: What Every Woman Needs to Know
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV." One of those mainstream productions that were not partiuclarly helpful, inspiring AIDS activist video about and by women.

Compilation: A Part of Me; Sacred Lies/Civil Truths
Compilation of works acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV" by friends and colleagues in the AIDS activist video movement. A Part of Me is a portrait of for GMHC's Living with AIDS Show, 1993. Featuring Alida…

Compilation from TV: Day Without Art 1992; “We Interrupt This Program”
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. From TV recording.

Positive
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV.

Simple Courage
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV.

Silence=Death
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV.

Compilation from TV:  The Allison Gertz Story & Uncle Ed. News
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, and then monograph, "AIDS TV." These are examples of the sort of sensationalist reporting on mainstream TV that fueled our strategies for AIDS activist video.

AIDS: Fast Trip, Long Drop
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. Gregg is a friend and colleague and fellow AIDS activist videomaker whose work has been formative to my thinking and teaching. This work, what I undertood to be the first…

Bad Bosses Go To Hell
I produced this short narrative film for my friend and colleague, Erin Cramer, who I met in the Whitney ISP program."Bad Bosses" begins at 00:09:36.

Bodies, Birth & Babies: TEACHING HEALTHY FOUNDATIONS
I made this video for a paid gig for Planned Parenthood, Bergen County, NJ, for the feminist Center for Family Life Education. Getting paid for the work on this video allowed me to go to Europe for the first time.

Compilation: A New Tradition; Safer Sex Counseling and Condom Talk
Three tapes made for paid gigs for the feminist Center for Family Life Education, a leader in youth education about sexuality. Quite recently, the project manager, Hillary Mushkin, a peer at the time of their production, has reentered my orbits, now…

HIV TV
My second attempt at an AIDS video support group, sponsored by the Brooklyn AIDS Task Force, and working with Sharon Penceal at an AIDS support group at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn. I write about the strengths and failures of this video in AIDS TV.

A Test For The Nation: Women, Children, Families, AIDS
One of three documentaries I made for GMHC's "Living with AIDS" cable tv show. All three exhibit a sustained commitment to an "intersectional" approach to understanding and representing the AIDS crisis when considering the experiences of women.

Silverlake Life: The View From Here
Acquired for research for my doctoral disseration, then monograph, AIDS TV. I continue to teach and learn from this film, a compelling use of the home video camera, and self-reflexive gaze to understand AIDS, love, and death.
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