books of james
Ho Tam, Canada 2006, 72min
Inspired by a collection of personal notebooks, Books of James is an experimental documentary on ART, AIDS and ACTIVISM. Based on the writing, drawing, video footage and personal revelation of James Wentzy, an artist/activist in New York City, the film illustrates the 30-year timeline from the late 1970s to the present, examining the changes in the social and political landscape of America.
Following James from South Dakota to New York City, the film traces his days from struggling and surviving as an artist to later becoming an AIDS video activist. In showcasing a unique individual through his involvement with the fight against AIDS and his tireless frontline reportage of the crisis, Books of James is an intimate portrait of a neglected everyman/hero and unearths a time now forgotten.
With narration provided by James himself, the film is divided into 3 periods of his life, recorded in his journals and video footage over a period of 30-year time span.
king kroell & queen andrew
date: 10. December 2010
beginning: 9 pm
venue: buttclub – hafenstr. 126 – hamburg