Watch “Pay it no Mind,” a documentary about trans activist & Stonewall Rebellion revolutionary Marsha P. Johnson, here.
With her final interview from 1992, Pay It No Mind captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ‘70s, and a New York City activist throughout the '80s and early '90s.
The film features interviews with Marsha, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce.
This collaboration was part of Animation Breakdown’s Free For All program at Cinefamily. The mighty Paul Fraser created the amazing music track first, not knowing what imagery was to go with it. Participants turned in GIFs not knowing what would happen. Then I edited the GIFs to the music. So music was done BEFORE the edit, which if you think about it is kind of crazy but it magically came together (I think). List of GIF artists below. Can’t thank everyone enough for trusting me with their work and taking part in this fun experiment!
When journalists report about heroin, their efforts almost inevitably suffer from the same problem. For short, we’ll call it the Halsted Omission.
“William Halsted was one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s often credited as the inventor of modern surgery for his pioneering use of anesthesia and sterilized operating rooms. During his distinguished 45-year career, he was among the first American surgeons to perform a blood transfusion, remove a gall bladder or do a mastectomy. He was also, for more than three decades, addicted to morphine, a close chemical cousin of heroin, which impaired his professional and personal lives so little that only his closest associates knew about it.
"If you didn’t think such a thing was possible, it’s not your fault. If there’s a form of journalism that suffers from endemic selection bias, it’s drug stories. Heroin users who manage to adapt their lives to their addictions, or vice versa, never get mentioned in news accounts or documentaries. Neither do those who try heroin, don’t like it, and quit immediately; or those who chip occasionally without falling into real addiction. In the stylebook of drug journalism, "heroin user” means “dead or dysfunctional.” Those exist, of course, but they are not the whole story.
And we have our first request. Someone wanted something from the late 70’s or early 80’s. So I bring you Jerry Garvin, a career Blue Jay from 1977 through 1982.
Since this card came out the year I was born I can’t add any personal feelings towards the career of Mr. Garvin. However, this card is amazing. First, what the heck is he looking at? Second, the information provided on the back is hilarious. The only thing worth mentioning from 1979 was apparently a stint on the DL for a muscle strain. I also love the idea of mentioning his setting a club record in 1980 for a team that was three years old. Finally, that is one classic era handsome man. Like a young Robert Redford.
Also, if you were a Jerry Garvin fan you can get his (and Willie Upshaw’s) autograph for 10 bucks here.