Blood Risk

Andy Fabo and Michael Balser

1989, 22:00 minutes, colour, English


Another collaboration between visual artist Andy Fabo and Michael Balser, Blood Risk is a nightmarish fantasy that explores the anxiety and social control of the body in gay community.

What starts as a dreamlike film sequence soon becomes a dark exercise in surveillance and fear. Mirrors, body doubles, spies, and claustrophobic spaces are all part of the film’s distressed ambiance. This collaborative short ends with its lead character returning to his everyday life, forever affected by the trauma, with a new deeply rooted anger.

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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.
The Wedding Album: Part 1 - The Ed Nasello Story
by Michael Balser. foreground, 1992.
Images 90: Part 1 - The Ed Nasello Story
by Fran Gallagher-Shuebrook. C Magazine, 1991, no. 28.
Is The Rectum An Asshole?
by Brent Cehan. Fuse, June 1990, v. 13, no. 5.
Illuminated Manuscripts: Discovering the myth of transformation
by James Macswain. Xtra!, Apr. 13, 1990, no. 146.
Feminist Films Air Minority Concerns
by Randi Spires. The Toronto Star, Dec. 8, 1989.