September 1989: David and Phil Zwickler first screen their documentary short “Fear of Disclosure: Psycho Social Implication of HIV Revelation” at New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival (now MIX NYC). The less-than-five-minute film examines the difficulties of gay men in revealing their HIV status to potential sex partners. Phil and David described the film as “An exploration concerning the act of revealing to a potential lover that one is sero-positive to HIV, the virus believed to cause AIDS. “Go-Go boys” from New York’s Pyramid Club bump and grind while sizing up each other’s mortality.” The short has been featured in film festivals, at the Guggenheim and Whitney museums.
Fear of Disclosure, 1989, by Phil Zwickler and David Wojnarowicz. Courtesy The Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation Trust.