Jerry Tartaglia

Remembrance (1990) Digital File, color / b&w, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

A short remembrance of growing up gay, searching for an identifiable image on the movie screen. This character chose Bette Davis in All About Eve. The film includes clips from Davis' performance and the narrator's childhood home movies. "Tartaglia plays with a stereotype as old as cinema itself: the connection between movie going and coming out." Jonathan Mandell, New York Newsday.

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Jerry Tartaglia

Is What Was (2008) DVD NTSC, , 23 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic / multicultural, history, personal /diary / journal, political / social activism, queer / bi / trans

Is What Was is an experimental documentary film essay that began as a visual diary of a visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp near Berlin, where gay men were tortured and murdered by the Nazis. My friend Wilhelm Hein brought me to that place in 2007 where I first saw a Pink Triangle that was worn by one of my ancestors-in-spirit. Around the same time I had begun to find vernacular photographs (snapshots) of Nazi soldiers that had been taken by their compatriots during the time of the Holocaust. These photographs were found in disassembled album at flea markets and in private collections in America and Europe. The contradiction between the Nazi persecution of gay men and the visual evidence in the photographs prompted an inquiry into the context in which sexual identity is formulated. This inquiry led directly to the pioneering work of Karl Heinrich Ulruchs (1825-1895). Although Ulrich's ideas of same gender sexuality are steeped in 19th Century imagery, he was nonetheless the first to name it, describe it, and promote it in positive, constructive terms that included not only the sexual aspects of Queer life, but sought to find the whole person in the andere sexualitaet (the other sexuality). Through the understanding of pride and power the contradiction in the photographs can be deciphered, and Ulrichs' "Raethsel" (riddle) can be resolved: Queer Identity encompasses more than sexuality, and therein lays the threat to the power structures of oppression. The film intercuts present day images of Sachsenhausen and Berlin created by photographer Sean Michael Kirk, with the vernacular photographs and moving images to create this experimental visual essay. Credits and Cast: Jerry Tartaglia Writer, Director, Editor Sean M. Kirk Imaging and Photography Tyler Arcaro Art Direction and Technical Assistant Special Appearances by: Vaginal Davis Jackie Raynal Jim Hubbard Oscar Villegas Marc Siegel Susanna Sachsse Joshua Schneider Wilhelm Hein Annette Frick John Price

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Jerry Tartaglia

Final Solutions (1990) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: economics, ethnic / multicultural, queer / bi / trans

Queer imagination has no place in the death-dealing consumerist culture. For, in it, the final solution is management of all situations through enforced assimilation using death-terror as the weapon. This film explores the Teleculture's treatment of A.I.D.S as a consumer image. Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection, 1991 San Francisco International Film Festival, 1991 "Tartaglia raises hell in this unrelenting analysis of A.I.D.S consumerism."- Robert Hil ferty, Outweek "Strong and innovative..." - Kate Bornstein, Bay Area Reporter

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Jerry Tartaglia

Amnesia (2000) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history, queer / bi / trans

The artifact and images of Queer lives are the only evidence of our existences. If we allow our Queer culture to be eradicated or lost, then our link to one another, our past, and our future, are also lost. This film uses found footage, 19th century photographs of affectionate men, digitized video imagery, and gay ephemera to imagine a past and create a future Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection, 1999 Stuttgart Filmwinter, 2005

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Jerry Tartaglia

See For Yourself (1995) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography, body, personal /diary / journal, queer / bi / trans

The 17 minute film is an intimate document of a person as he dying from an infection associated with HIV. It has been edited to create the illusion that the viewer is looking at camera "rushes" or unedited "dailies" of a movie. This editorial choice affords the viewers an unencumbered emotional response to what they are seeing on the screen. See For Yourself is a silent film, shot largely in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Autumn of 1993. This film's subject is the filmmaker's friend, David Kline, who requested that this film be made in order for "people to see for themselves what A.I.D.S. look like." David Kline died in September 1993. Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection, 1996.

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Jerry Tartaglia

Ecce Homo (1989) DVD NTSC, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, queer / bi / trans

Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) interweaves images from Jean Genet's masterpiece, Un Chant d'Amour with images from gay male sex films. It forces the viewer to question the point of view in looking at "pornographic" images. American A.I.D.S. hysteria during the 1980s portrayed gay sex a pornographic, politically incorrect, sinful, or, at best, a public health hazard. Ecce Homo asks whether the taboo is against gay sex or against seeing gay sex. Art of the American Century: The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2000. 1990 Atlanta International Film Festival Best Experimental Film Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection, 1990 "Ecce Homo makes it all worthwhile. It reclaims desire in the age of A.I.D.S. Tartaglia is an artist at the peak of his powers." Vito Russo, The Advocate

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Jerry Tartaglia

Digital Meditations (2004-2007) DVD NTSC, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history, personal /diary / journal, queer / bi / trans

Wasted Days (2004) 5min- A visualization of the poem of the same name by Oscar Wilde. Via Dolorosa (2005) 7 min- Shot in Chinchon, Spain and Lobachsville, Pennsylvania, this piece is an elegy, in memory of a friend who died suddenly. Sede Vacante (2006) 4min- The chair is empty-and has been for many centuries. Denkmal (2007) 8 min- The memorial to the victims of Nazism in Berlin.

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Jerry Tartaglia

Remains to Be Seen (2009) DVD NTSC, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art / artists, films about film

Featuring JACK SMITH, this video is part of the installation SHARDS & REMAINS, that was created for Live Film! Jack Smith! at the Arsenal, Berlin, October 2009. It is a capsule summary of my experience in restoring the films of Jack Smith for 17 years: litigation, verbal recriminations, broken friendships. "Please - stay there and restore it!" "What a horrible story." Jack Smith

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