Psycho Social Implication of HIV Revelation

I first saw Fear of Disclosure in September 1989 when Phil showed up at opening night of what was then called the New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival (now MIX NYC) with a copy. He and David Wojnarowicz had just finished it and he excitedly thrust it into my hands. We added it to one of the shows that year and officially showed it the next year after it had made the festival circuit. When I curated Fever in the Archive, a series of AIDS videos for the Guggenheim Museum in New York in December 2000, I felt it was absolutely crucial to include Fear of Disclosure.

People had been talking about the problems of maintaining a strong and vibrant sexuality during the AIDS crisis and the difficulties of relations between HIV-negative and HIV-positive men, but Fear of Disclosure was the first film to deal with those issues. And Phil did it in his typical fashion—confronting it head on and resolutely exposing his own vulnerabilities.

The image may be more David Wojnarowicz, but the spirit of the piece is pure Phil.

—Jim Hubbard

Jim Hubbard has been making films since 1974. Currently, he is working on United in Anger, a feature length documentary on ACT UP. 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 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 Royal S. Marks 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 has also carried out cataloging and preservation projects for WNET/Thirteen, IMAP, the Kitchen, and the Experimental Television Center. He is the author of Meeting the Challenges of Video Preservation: A Progress Report on Initiatives with the Media Arts Field, published by Media Alliance in 1996. In 1996, he created the IMAP Cataloging Template, which allows for standardized cataloging of independent media collections.

To learn more about Jim's documentary United in Anger and the ACTUP Oral History Project, please visit:

(To view the film clips, please click on the images below.)

Fear of Disclosure
A Film by Phil Zwickler and David Wojnarowicz
Total Running Time: 4:45 mins.

(To read the articles, please click on the images below.)

Fever in the Archive
December 1-9, 2000
Press Release for Fear of Disclosure
September 15, 1989
  "AIDS Dominates Nonfiction Series of Film and Video"
The New York Times
by Stephen Holden