Monday, October 9, 2017


BPM, a narrative film that tells the story of ACT UP Paris after New York Film Festival sold-out screenings opens in NYC  

BPM:  trust me this is a film not to be missed. It delivers on every level what David France's dishonest documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE failed to deliver. A perfect balancing of the personal with the political and compliments Jim Hubbard's remarkable documentation of Act Up NYC's activist history "UNITED IN ANGER".  BPM  is a film for anyone who was in any ACT UP or anyone still alive fighting for their lives be it AIDS or any other disease with out a cure;  or anyone too young to actually have lived through what we did from 1981, (AIDS  it is not over) Or anyone who is living with loss or grie. BPM is authentic, emotionally truthful and not afraid to tell the whole truth of how a community was born inside ACT UPs. How we struggled with keeping people alive and how we keep hope alive by expressing our anger and rage. How we also made love with each other,  practicing safe sex as we ran in the streets 
Here is the trailer:

HERE IS THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL POST SCREENING Q&A( LIVE STREAM) of   BPM, a story about ACT UP Paris and the post/screening  Q&A with the director Robin Campillo and two actors Arnaud Valois and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart moderated by Amy T Taubin member of the selection committee. (109/17)  


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Comment to the NY TIMES in response to David Brooks op-ed comparing Abbie Hoffman to Donald Trump

I was a founding member of YIPPIE I knew Abbie and Jerry as well as the 50 so people at the core of YIPPIE. David Brooks does not get who we were back them culturally or politically.   Fine, i suppose. But to drag TRUMP and CLINTON into the same frame shows his real ignorance of who we were and our intentions. We believed in creative imagination, having fun while trying to wake up the public to how they had been hypnotized and fooled.Marshall McCluan, Che, Grouch Marx and for me, Madame Binh, were our role modes in how to disrupt public conception of revolution. The media's fixation on Abbie and Jerry obscured the people who actually did most of the work. Similar to the how the mainstream media covered the Black Panthers. Too bad Brooks has not talked to Nancy Kurshan (Jerry's partner) or me the out Yippie when homophobia was alive and viral in the New Left as it was in the old left
jim fouratt

The Abbie Hoffman of hte Right: Donald Trump

a version of this comment appeared in the NY Times

there are two books I would recommend if you want to know about Abbie Hoffman :

American Rebel  by Marty Jeezer

Steal This Dream: Abbie Hoffman and the Countercultural Revolution in America by Larry "Ratso" Sloman 
I am anticipating reading DID IT by Pat Thomas about Jerry Rubin ,

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lesson from an ENGAGED ARtiST : HELL YOU TALMBOUT-Janelle Monáe,e, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman...

Live like her I suggest no matter what you do .. hope is born in action and communication. Shout out the names you know.... shout out ..take ACTION here now , blessed be

Oh No Mireliie Darc has permanently left the room .. and we are bereft of her beauty

Monday 28 August
Death of Mireille Darc
It is to be hoped that not only Mireille Darc , who died on August 28 at 79 years of age, will be remembered only for her long association with Alain Delon and the beauty of her long body, which she liberally offered to the delight of the spectators. She was much better than these anecdotal provisions and for only twenty years she was an essential actress of French cinema.
We discovered first his ravishing and slightly crumpled face in one of the masterpieces of television, Hauteclaire or the happiness in the crime according to one of the news of the "Diaboliques" of Barbey d'Aurevilly , realized by Jean Prat in 1961.
A dozen films and the inscription in the collective imagination in "  Les barbouzes  " by Georges Lautner in 1964 when the camera, first frozen on the face of Amarante, unveiled in shift track the very small outfit of the tearful widow (!) Of the great arms dealer Constantin Benard Shah.
Followed in 1965, always from Lautner, the unknown and interesting Galia , where Mireille Darc invested a character who was going to make floures, that of the "free woman". That is to say, much more than a "liberated woman": there was no societal demand in this desire for independence and freedom.
There followed many very charming films, often made by Lautner ( Do not be angry  "1966 Large grasshopper  - and the nickname will him up like a glove - 1967 Sorrel Flower 1968 Let go, it ' Is a 1971 waltz , 1972 was once a cop , The 1973 suitcase , Ice breasts 1974, Death of a 1977 death ) or Édouard Molinaro ( The pink phone 1975, The man pressed 1977). Popular cinema often of quality where Mireille Darc could be by turn seductive, disquieting, murder ...
She stopped shooting in 1986, thirty-two years ago.
What image will we keep from it? Perhaps that of the Big blond with a black shoe of Yves Robert in 1972 where she wore this incredible black long dress that, however great austerity face, nevertheless revealed deliciously its sumptuous fall of kidneys. Impetuous

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NYFF 55 Must see 120 Beats Per Minute Grand Prize Winner Cannes 2017 –

ASAP as you can get your ticket for Cannes 2017 top prize winner (Gold Palm) 120 Beats per Minute do it.Making its American debut at the New York Film Festival 55th edition. 120 Beats per Minute is a narrative film written and directed by accomplished filmmakers who were former members of ACT UP Paris.Robin Campillo and Phillippe Mangeo bring vividly to screen the desperate and unstoppable activism that seized gay and straight young men and women in Paris in the early 90's. Some were sick and all knew someone who was or had died. They were inspired by the US ACT UP movement and  its very queer and very confrontational politics ACT UP Paris  wanted cures now and medication for all. 

Contrasting 120 Beats per Minute with the dishonest American "documentary", David France's  How to Survive a Plague" makes one realize that craft and vision and and vision are the cornerstones of authentic storytelling. 120 Beats per Minute shimmering with the energy of Act Up Paris in the street and in the national Face 120 Beats per Minute captures with a craftmanship, authenticity and joy (the joy of surrender on the dance floor 10 a 120 beats per minute disco anthem like Bronski Beats "SMALL TOWN BOY ". 120 Beats per Minute reverberates with the desperate energy, passion and fear which seized the gay and lesbian across the world as the AIDS pandemic spread. Trust me you want to be present in the audience when 120 Beats per Minute premieres at Film Society Lincon Center presesnt the 55 Edition of the NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL ...