Wojnarowicz

Director: Chris McKim Run Time: 108 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: David Wojnarowicz, Fran Lebowitz, Nan Goldin, Richard Kern

Country: United States
Language: English

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“Chris McKim’s defiantly alive collage documentary, Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker, is so charged with the words and images of the multimedia artist…a radical voice that remains urgent and relevant.”

– David Rooney for Hollywood Reporter

About the film:

Official Selection of Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs Film Festival. Awarded a Special Jury Prize for Best Use of Archival Materials at DOC NYC.

A fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer, and activist David Wojnarowicz. As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death from it in 1992 at the age of 37.

Exclusive access to his breathtaking body of work – including paintings, journals, and films – reveals how Wojnarowicz emptied his life into his art and activism. Rediscovered answering machine tape recordings and intimate recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar, and other friends and family help present a stirring portrait of this fiercely political, unapologetically queer artist.

About the filmmaker:

An award-winning filmmaker and TV producer, Chris McKim co-directed & produced the Emmy-winning documentary Out of Iraq and helped create global phenomenon RuPaul’s Drag Race as showrunner & Executive Producer of seasons 1-4.

Among other projects, his 2007 GLAAD Media Award-nominated series Sex Change Hospital gave viewers a window into the experience of going through the life changing procedure. His 2020 documentary Freedia Got a Gun won the Award for Freedom at L.A. Outfest 2020. The film highlights New Orleans hip hop artist Big Freedia as she fights the rampant gun violence after her brother’s murder.

Wojnarowicz is produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder, whose documentary division has been a major source of queer culture commentary.

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