Positive Men

Michael Balser

1995, 50:00 minutes, colour, English


Positive Men begins as a docudrama which illustrates the impact of the AIDS epidemic on gay men in the early 1980s. Memories of New York and San Francisco are the backdrop for seven dramatic scenes which designate the intersection of community support, medical science and gay politics that emerged in response to the AIDS epidemic. Words and images from these scenes resonate throughout the documentary portraits which follow. The interviews, conducted in Toronto and San Francisco (1993-1994), feature artists, filmmakers, AIDS community workers, writers and volunteers who have made unique contributions within the cultural and community responses to AIDS. Included in this series of portraits are visual artists Andy Fabo and Stephen Andrews, video artist Zachery Longboy, performance poet Courtnay McFarlane, Beowulf Thorne - editor of Diseased Pariah Newsletter, safe sex author Richard Locke, and Dan Wolfieler - director of the San Francisco Stop AIDS Project.

Positive Men concludes with a moving portrait of the late filmmaker, Marlon Riggs.

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Critical Writing

After AIDS: Michael Balser and Andy Fabo's "Stamina"
by Darien Taylor. Fuse, Apr. 1999, v. 23, no. 1.
Pornutopian Premises, Positive Practices: Michael Balser's Video...
by David McIntosh. Fuse, 1995, v. 18, no. 5.