Film A Film That I Was Unable to Fit…
posted by October 17 at 14:33 PMon
…into my preview for the 13th Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is, unfortunately, also one of the films I most want people to see: Sex Positive, director Daryl Wein’s documentary portrait of Richard Berkowitz.
Who’s Richard Berkowitz? Along with Dr. Joseph Sonnabend and singer/activist Michael Callen, he invented the notion of “safe sex” during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. He also caught holy hell from the gay community for daring to suggest that gay-male promiscuity, even during a time of plague, was anything other than inherently liberating. (This was back when being branded “sex negative” was worse than being dead, as many people found out the hard way.)
Of course, all of Berkowitz’s “heretical” proclamations—about exposure to bodily fluids and the notion of high-risk sex—are standard HIV 101 now, and this Sunday, October 19, Seattle gets a chance to pay its respects to the pioneering Richard Berkowitz when he attends the SLGFF screening of his life story at the Cinerama. (If you think you want to go, you do, because the movie is good and the subject is extraordinary. Full info here.)
In other SLGFF news, the fest kicks off tonight the opening-night gala screening of Were the World Mine, described by its blurb as a magical, musical fantasia about gays in high school and described (enthusiastically) by someone who’s seen it as “the gayest movie EVER MADE!” Full info here.