Alternative vs. Mainstream production: AIDS video movement

Activists rely on alternative media forms because they allow their producers to freely document social issues independently with whatever medium they choose without the restraints mainstream media institutions put upon them in order for their content to be aired or published. Although this arrangement sounds ideal for independent producers, their desire to reach a mass  more »

Zero Patience – A Queer Canadian Musical about AIDS; Alternative, Much?

The queer Canadian musical Zero Patience (1993) directed by John Greyson is a great example of Canadian alternative media and Canadian alternative cinema. The film features musical numbers such as “Pop a Boner” and a unique perspective on the AIDS epidemic in Canada which challenged the mainstream and dominant discourse of the time. The film deconstructs and  more »