And so this selection of films asks: How are our ways of living, of experiencing our bodies, of being healthy inflected by the way geopolitics, white supremacy and class warfare from above colonises our bloodstreams as we are finally thrust into the age of the pharmapornographical?
Edward Owens (1949–2009) was a queer African-American filmmaker who was involved with the New American Cinema of the 1960s. During this time, Owens moved to New York and was hired by Jonas Mekas to work at the Film-makers’ Cinemateque. Mekas invited Owens to join the FMC for distribution as a part of the New American Cinema movement, the moment he saw his films. In 2016, Executive Director MM Serra collaborated with IndieCollect to preserve the four Owens films within the NACG collection through a 5k digital scanning process. The digital transfer was supervised by NACG’s digital media specialist Sheldon Henderson.