Selections from the Five Day Bicycle Race (Image Union)

Videofreex

1976 | 01:01:04 | United States | English | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Interview, Journalism, Politics, Technology

A collage of informal interviews and short clips, this collection of material comes from guerilla TV excursions at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Conducted off hand, usually amidst crowds of other journalists, the footage oscillates between slight antagonisms, genuine interest, and tongue-in-cheek play. The sheer breadth of participants being engaged with, however, is quite impressive as the soon-to-be First Lady, Jesse Jackson, David Dellinger, Bella Abzug and Jerry Brown all make appearances. Other notable figures on the news and reporting side of things are interviewed as well, providing meta-commentary on the ways in which information is disseminated and controlled in highly produced publicity events such as this.

Alternating between purely political content and casual conversations with people on the street, the footage situates itself in ambivalent relation to the aims of the broadcast TV news system. There is the general intention to “report” on the events of the convention, but the forms that intention takes throughout the video, as well as its results, subvert the veneer of impartiality and professionality a large corporate network would want to maintain. The footage comes across, at times, as possibly awkward. However, enfolded in the awkward moments are glimpses of genuine reactions and opinions, and in this way, the “liveness” of live video is foregrounded.

— Nicolas Holt, 2016

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Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001

 

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001

 

 

Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung