Director Chris Mason Johnson scheduled to attend | June 7 & June 9
San Francisco, 1985. Two opposites attract at a modern dance company. Together, their courage and resilience are tested as they navigate a world full of risks and promise, against the backdrop of a disease no one seems to know anything about.
June 7, 2013
|7:00 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
June 9, 2013
|1:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
Set in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, this film is poignant, character-driven, and illuminated with stunning modern dance. Frankie is a perpetual understudy in a modern dance company, and his relationship to dance and music informs our own understanding of the fear and uncertainty that was being gay in 1985. Headlines ask if there should be a gay quarantine. Dancers won't touch each other—because what if you can get the virus through sweat? Test perfectly captures the historical context of a time that's hard to contextualize even just 25 years later—condoms were a relatively unknown novelty, and homophobia was rampant. Writer-director Chris Mason Johnson manages to highlight elements of fear and uncertainty to us in a way that maintains the truth of the time, but also is understandable to a modern audience, particularly through the dancing of his main characters.
After gaining acclaim as a dancer for such companies as the Frankfurt Ballet, Chris Mason Johnson learned filmmaking while studying at Amherst College. Upon working a variety of film jobs for the likes of Miramax and Fine Line Features, he made his feature directorial debut with 2008’s The New Twenty.
Sponsored in part by Ingeniux, Here Media
|Director:||Chris Mason Johnson|
|Principal Cast:||Matthew Risch, Scott Marlowe, Katherine Wells, Rory Hohenstein, Myles Thatcher|
|Premiere Status:||World Premiere|
|Running Time:||90 minutes|
|Producer:||Chris Mason Johnson, Chris Martin|
|Screenplay:||Chris Mason Johnson|
|Filmography:||The New Twenty (2008)|