James Wentzy

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James Wentzy is known as an AIDS activist and documentary filmmaker associated with ACT UP throughout the 1990s.

Biography[edit]

Wentzy was born October 21, 1952, in Brookings, South Dakota, and moved to New York City after graduating the Southern Illinois University film program in 1976.[1][2] Early on in his New York life Wentzy worked as a film cinematographer for the porn industry, then later as a printer for various photographers; in 1990 he was diagnosed with HIV. That year he joined ACT UP.

He has been a producer and director for DIVA TV since 1991, and is also a video archivist for the Estate Project's AIDS Activist Video Preservation Project for the New York Public Library. Fight Back, Fight AIDS was his first feature-length documentary.[1]

He served as cinematographer on the 2012 documentary film about ACT UP, United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tribeca Film Festival Catalogue" (PDF). ACT UP NY.org. 
  2. ^ "Book of James". 
  3. ^ Anderson, John (4 July 2012). "Review: 'United in Anger: A History of ACT UP'". Variety. Retrieved 1 January 2015.