Speakers in the study group are invites to provide any additional resources they would like to make available for the Study Group attendees.
Liz Roberts provides this article:
The War on Drugs That Wasn’t: Wasted Whiteness, “Dirty Doctors,” and Race in Media Coverage of Prescription Opioid Misuse
Liz Roberts provides temporary access to her brand new and incredible film Midwaste.
Midwaste (2021) — Link has been removed.
Midwaste tells the story of Liz Roberts’ relationship with heroin over several decades. Her connection to drug subculture is inextricable from her relationship to the camera. She started making Super 8 films as a teen, shooting friends she became intimate with in circles of drug use. Her essay-documentary retraces her steps, interviewing friends about their memories of the past, and revisiting footage taken at various stages of her youth. Her methods are palpable and relational; the work opens with her first-ever film (a grainy black and white mud fight starring her friends), becoming more high resolution as Roberts becomes more adept with different cameras and techniques.
As she tells the story of her life, Roberts intentionally complicates the sobriety-redemption narrative so often dramatized in the media. She points out that the moralizing implications of “war on drugs” storylines have very real effects. This is evident in a poignant clip of a Middletown, Ohio City Councilman justifying his plan to refuse to provide services to people who overdose on the basis that it is their fault for costing the city money. “The purpose of this is to scare people,” he says, as Roberts zooms in on a painting behind him, depicting a lone sleigh rider traversing a winter landscape. Roberts’ work presents the stigmatized subject of addiction told via the lasting friendships it produced in her life, reclaiming the nuances of her story. She rejects the obligation to feel shame in the face of a society that criminalizes addiction instead of supporting pathways to recovery. “I was not ‘bad’ then, I am not ‘good’ now,” she declares in a voiceover and title at the end. All along she has been a filmmaker, a storyteller, and a friend.
-from exhibition text by Vanessa Thill for Southern Exposure show MONOLITH curated by Ricki Dwyer
Dani Restack provides two of her videos:
Dani ReStack provided 3 texts from ‘Glad Day: Daily Affirmations for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People’ by Joan Larkin
Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke provide this excerpt from Charles Baudelaire’s poem Be Drunk.