Marlon Riggs: No Regrets
His films remain fresh, bold, necessary: so it is hard to believe that a quarter century has passed since the death of groundbreaking Bay Area-based filmmaker and Frameline Award recipient Marlon T. Riggs (1957-1994), and 30 years since the release of his seminal documentary Tongues Untied. To mark the moment, Frameline is thrilled to screen three of Riggs’ rarely seen short films that address Black gay identity, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS, plus special programming and insights from his longtime Bay Area collaborators.
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM
DIRECTOR Marlon T. Riggs | 1991 | USA | 9m
Marlon Riggs’ experimental music video politicizes the homoeroticism of African-American men. With images—sensual, sexual, and defiant—and words intended to provoke, Anthem reasserts the “self-evident right” to life and liberty in an era of pervasive anti-gay, anti-Black backlash and hysterical cultural repression.
DIRECTOR Marlon T. Riggs | 1990 | USA | 10m
An exploration of Black gay male desires and dreams. Affirmations starts with an affectionate, humorous confessional and moves on to a wish for empowerment and incorporation.
DIRECTOR Marlon T. Riggs | 1992 | USA | 38m
Through music, poetry, and quiet, at times, chilling self-disclosure, five positive Black gay men speak of their individual confrontation with AIDS, illuminating the difficult journey Black men throughout America have made in coping with the personal and social devastation of the epidemic.
The Creative Mind (excerpts)
PROD KQED | 1991 | USA | 10m
San Francisco AIDS Foundation