1. I made this video in 1990 at the bequest of the Keith Haring estate. I met Keith in ACTUP, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. I became close to him during political demonstrations and during the painting of the murals in the bathroom of the Gay Community Center. So close to him that I could smell him sweat as he painted, raw, masculine, powerful, sensual. A few friends (we were all in our early 20's) had volunteered to help carry supplies for him, white and black paint mostly, and brushes, ladders, drops. Then we got to help paint, unbelievable. He is my hero. A man who was willing and able to expose you to art even if it meant his arrest. He died Feb 16, 1990. And this video premiered at a fundraiser in his honor for ACTUP NY at the Palladium Nightclub later that year. I shot a few bits of super 8, but all of the footage I arranged in the editing room from a 3/4" tape Keith had made of all his favorite media events (3/4 was a primitive format to work with even in 1990.) The music was some of his favorites at the time. The hand drawn animation, which is looped several times, is the only hand drawn animation he ever made. A gift so bittersweet. This is a mano et mano love letter to Keith Haring, gratefully drawn with the help of a master. The title refers to a great painter of street dancers. He was that and more.

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  2. She'll never be silent again! I made this movie with my best friend Ryan Landry in the winter of 89-90. We were demonstrating in Atlanta with ACT UP against the CDC and Anti-Sodomy Laws. Two things stand out: we were chased by gun totting southern thugs, and (years later) some kids asked me how I added Marta into a shot with so many homophobes... that's no computer generated effect kiddies. We were there. My inspiration was the moxie of women in the movement, glorious 60's rebellion, and the arduous task of making people smile during a plague. There's that sense we all feel of being an outsider, the powerless hero who changes the world. Only doesn't quite know it yet... what? This is my favorite film about ACT UP (and the activist spirit) because there is a little Marta in every ACT UPer. Marta, herself an enigma, was a great leveler of factions. I am proud of that. I planned a sequel, Marta For Choice, but my girlfriends and fellow filmmakers would have killed me.

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  3. Members of ACT UP NY help stage a real March on St. Patty's Day, 1992.

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  4. This video was shot Jan. 23, 1991. My friend and lover Michael Aquilone couldn't make it to that demonstration. So I shot the video to play for him to watch in bed. My best friend Ryan Landry came with me to Grand Central Station. This was a day I hated being behind a camera. I wanted to climb up there with new swim team recruit David Hickey. These were the days.

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  5. Outside St. Patricks Cathedral a few blocks from the STOP THE CHURCH demo; ACT UP triumphs in the greatest coup since Jesus kicked the moneychangers in the balls. As an ex-Roman Catholic this was cathartic for me to shoot. I remember running into a tree and falling over. But I was working construction so I managed. I shot only one color Ektachrome (Super 8mm) roll of STOP THE CHURCH. But I shot several rolls of B&W super 8mm. That seemed more appropriate for ACT UP vs. Cardinal O'Connor . I used a Canon 814. I loved that camera. At this point in ACT UP History I was more involved with DIVA TV. So the goal was to capture cops, ID's, arrests, etc.

    But put a roll of film in a drawer for 20 years and it turns into something else entirely. At least to my eyes.

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THE ACT UP DIARIES

Matt Ebert

These films were made between 1985-1992. From 1987-1992 I was an active member of ACTUP NY. This experience and the AIDS crisis led me to create this channel. Most were shot in either 8mm video or Super 8mm film and sometimes both. Many of these films…


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These films were made between 1985-1992. From 1987-1992 I was an active member of ACTUP NY. This experience and the AIDS crisis led me to create this channel. Most were shot in either 8mm video or Super 8mm film and sometimes both. Many of these films are just reels edited in camera. Some are more refined and have been re-edited over the years. I use this channel as a mode of healing from very difficult memories. It is dedicated to the many lives lost to AIDS, and to my friends still struggling to survive. Let the courage and power of ACTUP shine a light on us all.

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