Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Screening United in Anger: A History of ACT UP and Q&A with Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman

December 6, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM



In conjunction with the Bureau’s exhibition The Uses of Anger, the Bureau and The LGBT Community Center are proud to present a screening of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. Following the screening director Jim Hubbard and producer Sarah Schulman will engage the audience in discussion.


Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.


UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP (2012, 93 minutes) is a unique feature-length documentary that combines startling archival footage that puts the audience on the ground with the activists and the remarkably insightful interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project to explore ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots perspective – how a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the world and save each other’s lives. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of a dozen exhilarating major actions including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline of many of the other zaps and actions that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. UNITED IN ANGER reveals the group’s complex culture – meetings, affinity groups, and approaches to civil disobedience mingle with profound grief, sexiness, and the incredible energy of ACT UP. Before there was Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, there was ACT UP.


For more information visit


Jim  Hubbard  has  been  making  films  since  1974.  Recently, he completed United  in  Anger:  A  History  of ACT UP, a feature length documentary on ACT UP, the AIDS activist group.  Sarah Schulman and he are continuing  work  on  the  ACT  UP  Oral  History Project, as well.  One hundred and two interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project were on view in a 14-monitor installation at the Carpenter Center for  the  Arts,  Harvard  University  as  part  of  the exhibition ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987–1993, October 15 – December 23, 2009.  A version with 114 interviews showed at the White Columns Gallery in New York, September 8 – October 23, 2010. He, along with James Wentzy, created a 9-part cable access television series based on the Project.  Among his 19 other films are Elegy in the Streets (1989), Two Marches (1991), The Dance (1992) and Memento Mori (1995).  His films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Berlin Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Torino and many other Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals.  His film Memento Mori won the Ursula for Best Short Film at the Hamburg Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 1995.  He co-founded MIX – the New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival.  Under the auspices of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, he created the AIDS Activist Video Collection at the New York Public Library.  He curated the series Fever in the Archive:  AIDS Activist Videotapes from the Royal S. Marks Collection for the Guggenheim Museum in New York.   The 8-program series took place December 1-9, 2000.  He also co-curated the series, Another Wave:  Recent Global Queer Cinema at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, July and September 2006.


Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian.

Her plays include:

CARSON McCULLERS – (Sundance/Playwrights Horizons -2002),

MANIC FLIGHT REACTION (NY Stage and Film/Playwrights Horizons-2005) ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY, adapted from IB Singer (Wilma Theater-2007).

And play workshops, commissions, readings at: South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, ART, New York Theater Workshop, The Roundabout.

Her nine novels : THE COSMOPOLITANS (The Feminist Press, 2016), THE MERE FUTURE (2009), THE CHILD (2007), SHIMMER (1998), RAT BOHEMIA (1995), EMPATHY (1992), PEOPLE IN TROUBLE (1990), AFTER DELORES (1988), GIRLS, VISIONS AND EVERYTHING (1986), THE SOPHIE HOROWITZ STORY (1984) and five nonfiction books: CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and The Duty of Repair (2016)  ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL (2012). THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: Witness to a Lost Imagination  (2012), TIES THAT BIND: FAMILIAL HOMOPHOBIA AND ITS CONSEQUENCES (2010) STAGESTRUCK: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America (1998) MY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years (1995)

In film Sarah has collaborated as a screenwriter w/ film director Cheryl Dunye on THE OWLS, (2010 Berlin Film Festival,) MOMMY IS COMING, (Berlinale 2012,) w/ director Stephen Winter on JASON AND SHIRLEY, (Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMfest ’15,)  w/ director Jim Hubbard on UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP, (Museum of Modern Art.) With Jim Hubbard, she is co-founder of the MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, now in its 30th year, and The ACT UP Oral History Project (

Awards include a Guggenheim (Playwrighting), Fulbright (Judaic Studies), Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies, 3 NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (Playwrighting and Fiction) 2 American Library Association Book Awards (Fiction and Nonfiction) and a finalist for the Prix de Rome. Sarah is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, a Fellow at The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace.





December 6, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM