DFT @ Home | Wojnarowicz

(USA/2020—directed by Chris McKim)

Wojnarowicz is a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer, and activist David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992). As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz – who survived an abusive childhood to become a protean creative force and sexual rebel – weaponized his art and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death at the age of 37.

Director Chris McKim’s exclusive access to his breathtaking body of work – including paintings, journals, and films – reveals how Wojnarowicz poured his life into his art and activism, battling victoriously with government conservatives who opposed his NEA grant (“an orgy of depravity”), and ultimately recognized for groundbreaking shows at the 1985 Whitney Biennial and Artists Space.

Rediscovered answering machine recordings and recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar, Kiki Smith, friends and family present a stirring portrait of this fiercely political, unapologetically queer artist. Tribeca and Hot Docs Film Festivals. Strong language and some sexual imagery. Tickets include a Q&A with the director and interviewees Gracie Mansion and Carlo McCormick. (105 minutes)

“Deeply moving. One of the best films of the year.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A rich and riveting work that captures Wojnarowicz's unapologetically queer spirit, and serves as a testimony to the enduring power of art.”  –James Kleinmann, The Queer Review

“A stirring requiem of rage and resistance, charged with the words and images of the multimedia artist...a radical voice that remains urgent and relevant.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


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