EXCLUSIVE: Kino Lorber acquires the North American rights to documentary directed by Chris McKim Wojnarowicz which is also known for its full title, and for some controversial, Wojnarowicz: F ** k You F * ggot F * cker. The documentary highlighting artist and activist David Wojnarowicz is produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey for WOW Docs and McKim for Hobo Camp Films and hits theaters on March 19 followed by a VOD release on Kino Now and ‘a personal video.
The documentary made its world premiere at DOC NYC where it was honored with special recognition from the 2020 Metropolis Competition jury for the best use of archival materials. It was also an official selection at last year’s Tribeca and Hot Docs film festivals.
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“Chris McKim’s exuberant celebration of legendary artist and activist David Wojnarowicz is as much in your face as the life and work of David himself,” said Wendy Lidell, SVP Kino Lorber. “Bitter-sweet, uplifting and informative, this braintrust-based new World of Wonder movie is a must-read for those familiar with Wojnarowicz’s story, and a revelation for those who don’t.
Wojnarowicz: F ** k You F * ggot F ** ker is an autobiographical portrait of the artist, writer, photographer and activist from downtown New York. As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the artist armed his work and waged the war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death. in 1992 at the age of 37.
The film offers exclusive access to his stunning body of work including paintings, journals and films revealing how Wojnarowicz emptied his life into his art and activism. Rediscovered recordings on answering machines and intimate memories of Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar, and other friends and family help present a moving portrait of an artist whose fiery works and words still resonate deeply in turbulent times. .
“David Wojnarowicz has dedicated his life to the power of art and resistance,” McKim said. “Her legacy is a call to action against the American mentality of inequality and oppression in the ‘one tribe nation’, and I hope her story will continue to inspire generations of artists and d activists.
WOW’s Bailey and Barbato added in a joint statement, “Wojnarowicz’s story needs to be told more than ever. He saw the parallels between an infectious disease and a sick society. During his short life, his work was devoted to denouncing the government’s indifference to the AIDS epidemic. Chris’ film couldn’t be more timely in the midst of a pandemic that has also, thanks to the government’s indifference, killed hundreds of thousands of people. It is a pleasure to work with Kino Lorber again on such an important film.
The agreement for Wojnarowicz: F ** k You F * ggot F ** ker was traded by Lidell of Kino Lorber and Jason Ishikawa at Cinetic Media.
Watch the trailer above and check out the poster below.