Calling All Nerds and Art Freaks

Calling All Nerds and Art Freaks

90 Minute Running Time
Program: '60s/'70s Underground & Queer Cinema

Adrian Goycoolea, great-nephew of the great flamboyante Quentin Crisp, uses his film Uncle Denis? to reflect on a family’s reactions to his ancient uncle’s gender fluidity, his notoriety as an ex-boy prostitute and his newfound celebrity as eminence gris of New York’s art scene. The photos and faded home movies are touching, but Crisp’s epigrammatic wit is what you’ll remember. “I don’t need family or one specific person. I have spread my love over the whole human race, and now it’s threadbare.”

Christopher Racster’s film meditation, Decoding Alan Turing, portrays the nerdy genius whose thinking proved the computer possible. Though during the war he broke Germany’s impossible Enigma code, it “never dawned on him to hide his homosexuality,” and he became a victim of a witchhunt in the 1950s, leading to
his suicide.

In 1969, three lovable unemployed guys from Toronto became General Idea. They changed their names and attacked popular culture with a vengeance. Annette Mangaard’s General Idea: Art, AIDS and the Fin de Siecle follows the trio best known for appropriating the LOVE stamp into an AIDS logo (or selling out).

575 Castro St. reveals the play of light and shadow on the walls of the Castro camera store set for Gus Van Sant’s Milk as we hear Harvey Milk’s original recording to be played in the event of his assassination.

Text Voting Codes:

575 Castro: S628
Decoding Alan Turing: S591
General Idea: Art, Aids and the Fin de Siecle: D311
Uncle Denis?: S522

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