Fast Trip, Long Drop+Habit
(Gregg Bordowitz, 1994+2002)
Find out why medical students and practitioners are turning to the humanities (especially narrative studies of literature, film, and comix), and see how the arts and humanities have often honed in on stories of patients, doctors, and other health care practitioners. This series of screenings and events illuminates an exciting new “narrative medicine” movement based on the premise that narrative competence enhances medical competence even as medical experiences reshape narrative forms. The series complements a two-day multidisciplinary conference.
Filmmaker Gregg Bordowitz, previously announced as introducing this screening, is unfortunately unable to attend.
In Fast Trip, Bordowitz sets out to examine the cultural climate surrounding three major life events: testing positive for HIV antibodies (in spring 1988), coming out to his parents, and getting sober. But when, during filming, a close friend is diagnosed with breast cancer and his grandparents are killed in a car accident, Bordowitz finds himself questioning his sense of identity, the way he understands his diagnosis, and the relationship between illness and history. (54 mins., video) Habit, a loose follow-up to Fast Trip, features autobiographical segments and an exploration of South Africa’s AIDS crisis through interviews with people affected by the epidemic. (53 mins., video)
Sponsored by Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine, Student Health Services, Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Classics, Department of English and its Project Narrative, Department of French and Italian, Humanities Institute, Digital Storytelling Program (a cooperative effort of the Digital Union and University Libraries), Film Studies Program, Popular Culture Studies, Disability Studies (a program of DISCO, the Disability & Identity Studies Cooperative), and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Support provided by an Ohio State University Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Grant.
$8 general public
Rohauer Collection Foundation
American Airlines/American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council