Then: Chicago filmmaker, AIDS activist (and key member of the AIDS-awareness group ACT UP). Filmed AIDS-related protests and circulated the videos, using the media to advance the activism. "I never really thought much of the long view, I was too invested in the moment." (Bordowitz). Tested HIV positive in 1988.
Now: Chair of the Film, Video and New Media department at SAIC. "It's funny because what we did (in the '80s) looks a lot like a prototype for contemporary social-media-based activism. My students, they think nothing of seeing a demonstration from that afternoon already online. That's not miraculous to them at all."