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50 Years of Gay Culture in 5 Minutes: VIDEO


Gay artist/activist Leo Herrera shares with Towleroad his piece The Fortune Teller, which fuses words, sounds, and images from across five decades of gay culture.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

StillWrites Herrera, of his compelling collage:

The story is told through the trance of The Fortune Teller (played by Stanley Frank) and created using archival and modern footage. The film is a documentary and time capsule, paying homage to psychedelic films of the 1960′s and the modern art of the YouTube Montage film. From Mapplethorpe to Lohanthony, Uganda to Burning Man, Vogue to Sissy Bounce, AIDS to The Berlin Patient, meticulously edited clips create a kaleidoscopic five-minute journey through more than 50 years of gay history. See the “The Fortune Teller” decoded for a visual legend to the clips.

“The Fortune Teller” is comprised of 50 years of imagery and footage. The 5-minute clip took six months to film and assemble, and is made up of 100 carefully selected clips. The style is a take on Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” video, or The Scissor Sister’s “Let’s Have a KiKi”. It also pays homage to some of our modern day gay “preachers,” such as Chris Crocker or Lohanthony, or Kid Fury, who, as we always have, developed ways to use technology to reach one another.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

And Herrera decodes all the clips HERE.


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  1. "It also pays homage to some of our modern day gay “preachers,” such as Chris Crocker or Lohanthony"

    Was interested right up to the last sentence. No thanks

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 14, 2013 10:18:04 PM

  2. Fascinating...but it references more than 50 years.

    Posted by: Kyle M. Sullivan | Jun 14, 2013 11:18:22 PM

  3. "Faggotry"? Seriously, Miss Herrera? "Faggotry"? Suck a razorblade, you cockroach.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 14, 2013 11:19:30 PM

  4. Our image is so warped now, I suppose it doesn't matter. Gay youth today can be as vicious as it gets. Wait till they are 50. I hope this isn't their only historical reference. But they don't have any patience for history. Not enough "me" in the queer past.

    Posted by: gbe | Jun 14, 2013 11:54:44 PM

  5. Wha...?

    Posted by: Chris G. | Jun 15, 2013 3:02:02 AM

  6. What pretentious crap.

    Posted by: Bollux | Jun 15, 2013 6:52:50 AM

  7. Oh, it's not that bad. The description might be a little OTT but the clips cover a lot of ground. Without some knowledge of the history of the gay rights movement some of it won't make any sense to younger viewers. Hopefully they'll take the time to look at the "key" and look at it more deeply.

    And if it seems a little "warped," the argument could be made that "gay culture" is a little warped, which I don't necessarily mean in a bad way. It veers wildly from decadence and sparkle to extreme political and social pressure, pain and love and hate, shame and pride, flash and backlash.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 15, 2013 7:41:55 AM

  8. Thank goodness HIV/AIDS is over--now that we can tell who has it and it can be cured.

    Posted by: Douglas | Jun 15, 2013 8:11:18 AM

  9. Focuses far too much on the stereotypes. Is this really how we want to be seen or, worse yet, remembered?

    Posted by: Brian | Jun 15, 2013 8:17:56 AM

  10. The Fortune Teller imagery is nice, but the assemblage of clips lacks any real narrative thrust, substance, or point of view - other than to perhaps shock us. Part of the storyteller's responsibility is to actually tell us a story, not just drag and drop a bunch of YouTube clips into a timeline.

    Posted by: bluedogj | Jun 15, 2013 10:18:40 AM

  11. Trash

    Posted by: Will | Jun 15, 2013 10:29:55 AM

  12. Beautiful clip ... More please!

    Posted by: George F | Jun 15, 2013 10:31:46 AM

  13. Love this. We're all part of the tribe. You don't get to choose your family.

    Posted by: Jason R. | Jun 15, 2013 12:22:34 PM

  14. RADNESS. Lovesit.

    If any of you object to the content, do what this filmmaker did: put yourself on camera talking about what you feel should be seen, represented, and remembered.

    It's as easy as clicking "record" and then "post"

    Is this how we want to be seen and remembered? Yes.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 15, 2013 2:29:21 PM

  15. The American gay future will make a much different documentary.
    This "we are one" mantra will fade fast, as marital status and economics divide.

    Posted by: gbe | Jun 15, 2013 4:01:38 PM

  16. This is beautiful. All the haters are just jelly.

    Posted by: zeddy | Jun 15, 2013 11:41:29 PM

  17. I didn't groove on it, but to each his own. This is one person's vision/recollections of the past 50 years, mine would be very different. However, as long as no one marks this as "definitive," whatever.

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 16, 2013 1:17:20 AM

  18. C+ .. The plus is for the Fortune Teller imagery, other than that I wasn't very impressed. And yeah, whenever an artist has to explain things with an extended guide, I suspect some pretentiousness. Anyway, it's a good thing he put "one man's vision" because it doesn't really connect very much with my own.

    Posted by: Rexford | Jun 16, 2013 5:24:08 AM

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