David Wojnarowicz was an American painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist prominent in the New York City art world.
14 September 1954
Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
1989 . 5 m
Executive producer. An exploration concerning the act of revealing to a potential lover that one is seropositive to HIV, the virus believed to cause AIDS.
2020 . Documentary . 1h 45m
As Self. A collage-like, incisive look at the life of writer, painter and thinker David Wojnarowicz, whose powerful, unapologetic way of seeing the world gave voice to queer rights at a critical time in US history.
2020 . Documentary . 11 m
As Self. An oral history of Artists Space, the legendary New York artists organization. Told through the voices of the artists, critics and curators who formed it, the film is narrated by voiceover culled from 30 hours of archival cassette tape interviews over a 45 year period. Artists such as Laurie Anderson, Mike Kelley, Hito Steyerl and David Wojnarowicz walk us through the decades. A formally-experimental and raucously-told chronology composed of rare archival documentation, The Business of Thought... is a reminder of the radical potential of the arts and the importance of collective, cultural spaces.
1988 . 2 m
Executive producer. Recreated from existing Super-8 films and audio collage by David Wojnarowicz.
1985 . Drama, Horror . 11 m
As Dad. Elizabeth bristles at the religious directives of her parents, asserting her right to personhood outside demure hairstyles and turkey dinners, constructing voodoo dolls and entertaining other manners of dark drawing in her dank emo-den. When confronted with the humanity and hypocrisy of her tormentors, the young antihero vanquishes their belief systems (and bodies) asserting, "You killed me first!"
1990 . Documentary . 1h 0m
As Himself. AIDS victims and activists cope with hardship and society’s ignorance.
1985 . Horror . 10 m
As Fan. A fan tries to get an artist's attention by literally coming apart.
1994 . 1h 17m
As Narrator. A road movie with David Wojnarowicz guiding the viewer through the images of a rough and disturbed America.
1994 . Drama . 1h 32m
Executive producer. Inspired by the autobiographical writings of David Wojnarowicz, "Postcards From America" chronicles the abuse the artist suffered as a child at the hands of his father and his subsequent running away to New York to become a street hustler.
1985 . Horror, Thriller . 33 m
Executive producer. Loosely based on an infamous 1984 Long Island murder case involving Satan-worshiping, teenage drug freaks (Knights of the Black Circle), David Wojnarowicz and Tommy Turner’s Where Evil Dwells is a low-budget D.I.Y. movie that walks the jagged lines between splatter flick, experimental film and transgressive art. The original footage was destroyed in a fire and the only footage that survived is this 28 minute preview that was put together for the Downtown New York Film Festival in 1985.
1985 . 35 m
As Fan (segment "Stray Dogs"). A series of short films by Richard Kern: Stray Dogs, Woman At The Wheel, Thrust In Me, & I Hate You Now.
1983 . Drama . 1h 34m
As Street Interviewee. Brutally abused by his parents, teenage Thomas finds comfort in associating with a film director who is making a documentary about physical child abuse. The two fall in love, and the elder is faced with the decision of either running away with Thomas or focusing on his career and thereby letting the boy possibly be beaten to death.
1982 . 12 m
Executive producer. A crumbling pier, its walls covered with graffiti and erotic frescoes reminiscent of pagan Pompeii, the locus of the seduction rituals of men longing for men, is the focus of this meditation on gay cruising at the height of sexual freedom before AIDS. Shot in 1982, this is the first segment of a film capturing the life, death, and rebirth of the legendary “sex piers” over the last three decades.
1990 . 20 m
As Himself. Experimental short film that explores themes of religion, violence, and gender/masculinity.
2019 . Documentary . 1h 18m
As Himself (archive footage). Political artist, painter, writer, performer and photographer David Wojnarowicz was one of the leading personalities of the 1980s New York art scene. In an interview conducted in 1989 by cultural theorist Sylvère Lotringer, Wojnarowicz speaks candidly about intimate moments in his life, the creative process, sexuality, AIDS, and coming to terms with one’s own death - at a time when society categorically refused to face up to the AIDS epidemic.