With director Jim Hubbard
SUNDANCE 6 | SAT NOV 10 | 2:00 PM | Q&A
Director: Jim Hubbard
Cinematographer: James Wentzy
Screenwriter: Ali Cotterill, Jim Hubbard
Editor: Ali Cotterill
Cast: Ann Northrup, Eric Sawyer, Ron Goldberg, Tom Kalin, Peter Staley
Running time: 93 min.
United in Anger is the first feature-length documentary about ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), founded in New York City in 1987. Using documentary and archival footage, it recounts 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. The film follows the planning and execution of exhilarating demonstrations and other major actions that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to recognize and respond to the AIDS crisis. United in Anger reveals the group’s complex culture by documenting its meetings, affinity groups and approaches to civil disobedience, where sustained activism mingles with profound grief and the incredible energy of ACT UP.
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP grew out of the ACT UP Oral History Project, an ongoing collection of more than 100 interviews with surviving members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power in New York, led by the film’s producers, Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman.
Guest director Jim Hubbard has been making films since 1974. His films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art; the Berlin Film Festival; the London Film Festival; the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; and the New York, San Francisco and many other lesbian and gay film festivals. His film Memento Mori won the URSULA for Best Short Film at the Hamburg Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 1995. With Sarah Schulman, he co-founded MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival.
The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Jim Hubbard, United in Anger director and co-producer; Jenni Sorkin, University of Houston assistant professor of art history; and Dean Daderko, curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
United in Anger is presented in conjunction with the Tony Feher exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, on view through March 17, 2013.