Artist David Wojnarowicz is the subject of our feature-length documentary, Wojnarowicz: F—k You F-ggot F—ker. The film has been named one of Rolling Stone‘s “Best Movies of 2021 So Far.” Watch the film here.
Rolling Stone author K. Austin Collins said, “Portraits of the artist aren’t easy — and that’s all the more true for radical artists whose work could count as both political acts and personal testament, whose approach to form was liberated and new, who, as historical subjects, have drawn as much curiosity as scorn. No one wants a talking-head study of such an artist; it feels incommensurate. And history lessons feel equally insufficient. You want — need — a trace of the artist overseeing the proceedings. A tribute that seems built of the fabric of that art, not merely description or recapitulation. Chris McKim’s Wojnarowicz sets before itself the mighty task of tackling David Wojnarowicz: an icon of the East Village art scene whose work became a totem of the AIDS era, documenting — against the will of the mass public — not only the existence of that disease, of which he died in 1992, but the great fury of queer political life in that era. And doing so in art that was brash, vexing, unable to be appeased. McKim’s documentary is predicated on the fact and fury of Woj’s own voice, finding a visual language — a language rooted in Woj’s own art, but humble enough to know better than to try to outdo or even match that art — to animate that voice. The film is near-spiritual in its devotion to the archive of Woj’s existence, troubling and blurring the boundaries of nonfiction, as a form in itself, in order to capture the spirit of a boundary-breaking artist. It’s a must-see for anyone who wants to feel like they’re getting the story straight from Woj’s mouth — which, in so many ways, they are — but mediated by the love and attention of, not a fan, but a true student of the man’s art: someone who’s internalized it, lived it, rather than merely studied it.”
The film, a collage-like and incisive look at the artist, showcases how his powerful and unapologetic way of seeing the world gave voice to queer rights at a critical time in American history.
The film is directed by Emmy Award-winning director, Chris McKim (who previously worked on Emmy Award-winning film, Out of Iraq), and produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and McKim. The cast includes David Wojnarowicz himself, Fran Lebowitz, Peter Hujar, Kiki Smith, Richard Kern, Nan Goldin, Carlo McCormick, and the band, 3 Teens Kill 4.