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The Resource Books of James, (electronic resource)

Books of James, (electronic resource)

Label
Books of James
Title
Books of James
Title variation
Books of James (director's cut)
Contributor
Director
Narrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Books of James: 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
  • Books of James (director's cut): 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 30-year time span: The Personal - Notebook entries from 1977 to 1990From a middle class family in South Dakota, James moved to New York City after graduating at the Southern Illinois University. He began writing, drawing and photographing his daily big city life. Through the 70s and 80s, James was an aspiring artist/filmmaker. The Political - The ACT UP years In 1990 James was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and began his participation in the ACTUP (New York) organization, creating and producing approximately 160 weekly community television programs for the public access channel, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). This segment is composed of James's footage of the international AIDS conferences, individual testimonies against discrimination and injustice, and public actions towards education, policy making, and community building. Postscripts Having not written in his journals for many years since his diagnosis, the camera has become James' diaristic tool. This segment begins with the footage of James reluctantly going on AIDS medications, and also includes his Post-911 reflections and metaphysical musing. As the timeline progresses, the film moves towards to present day with James' thoughts on the state of AIDS activism and its relevance
Additional physical form
Previously released as DVD.
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Intended audience
For College; Adult audiences
Language note
This edition in English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Tam, Ho
  • Wentzy, James
Runtime
91
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wentzy, James
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS activists
Label
Books of James, (electronic resource)
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed May 1, 2013)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1832242/gltv
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (91 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a210920
  • (OCoLC)849672583
Video recording format
other
Label
Books of James, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed May 1, 2013)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1832242/gltv
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (91 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a210920
  • (OCoLC)849672583
Video recording format
other

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