Inspired by the Barbara Hammer film made in 1974. Bodies move freely through an ambiguous urban utopia. Shot on 16mm film and digital video, allow yourself to be led through the space where bodies exist independent of social codes. Dreamy landscapes androgynous figures, skin, and concrete, masquerade through a fantasia of fluid forms referencing history while looking into the future.
Biography: Liz Rosenfeld builds her practice as an artist upon her experience with collective education, direct action, contact, shared community, and collaboration.
SXSW Film Best Picture Award
Berlin Film Festival Official Selection
Out Festival Official Selection
"Welcome to the front lines of AIDS activism, where the latest enemy raids are being run by a band of unlikely warriors: two drag queens, an HIV-positive man with tiny gemstones dotting his bald head, and his HIV-positive sister. These self-proclaimed “black faggots with a political agenda” launch street assaults on conservative politicians who won't support a hospice in their New York City neighborhood, but when they also manage to infiltrate the office of one such official, a city councilman who, it turns out, is deep in the closet, the action sets in motion unexpected events that begin to pull the group apart. In addition to introducing a memorable gallery of characters -- most of whom are vividly realized by a fiery cast -- screenwriter-director Stephen Winter's film plays with issues of identity: who we are and who we pretend to be. Its characters get so absorbed in their roles -- drag queen, undercover activist, closeted councilman -- that they lose sight of their more basic identities: brother, friend, lover. Winter offers no easy answers to political dilemmas, only a warning that much of what is important in life may be lost when the political consumes the personal. His Chocolate Babies amuses, provokes, touches, haunts."
- Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle
"As most AIDS stories have been serious dramas by and about white gay males, it's refreshing to see a political satire that not only revolves around men of color, but also refuses to label them as victims . . . Chocolate Babies displays a zesty, often exuberant style that aptly matches the chaotic story and its flashy drag queens."
- Emanuel Levy
Suzanne Gregg Ferguson
Dudley Findlay Jr.
Jon Kit Lee
claude e sloan