June 11, 2017
Dr. Osa de la Riva, Eagle Bear Productions present
ME and Mr. MAURI
Artists’ Television Access (ATA)
992 Valencia Street SF
$5.00 to $20.00 Donation/NOTA
Discipline: Film-Video Screening w/ Q&A
During the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Osa collected 75+ hours of raw video footage, some at the bedside of my friends dying from AIDS. She did most of the original filming without a budget, using borrowed cameras and donated tape. My subjects’ lives, stories, insights, experiences and opinions might have been erased from the historical record had she not video-interviewed them before they died. These interviews include some of the earliest recorded first-hand statements about the early years of Two-Spirit and LGBT Latino Liberation in California.
From this archival footage our production crew assembled some of the most compelling moments and interwove the stories of Native American/Latino activists who died of “the gay cancer” (AIDS/SIDA) during the 1980s. The recorded testimonies reflect the socio-political origins of several movements of the past 30 years: the Latino, Native American and LGBTQ civil rights movements and access to affordable health care.
Following the screening, there will be a reception and a Q&A.
Filmmaker Dr. Osa Hidalgo de la Riva received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in the Critical Studies Division. She taught an American Cultures course Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary Film at the University of California-Berkeley, from 2008-2013. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Public Scholar Award from UC-Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department. Her film Mujeria: The Olmeca Rap premiered at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco; Mujeria: Primitive and Proud debuted at the Roxie Cinema, SF. Both attracted capacity audiences and were distributed by Women Make Movies, NY. Two Spirits: Native Lesbians and Gay Men is distributed by Third World Newsreel, NY. In 2007, her animation artwork Las Olmecas was included in 500 years of Chicana Women’s History, edited by Elizabeth “Bettita” Martinez. “Dr. Eagle Bear” has lectured and spoken at numerous film festivals, seminars, community centers, and universities throughout California, as well as nationally, in Mexico, Canada, and Europe.