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I Look Up at the Sky Now

A joyous testimonial to a neighborhood youth program, "Sky" is a series of video self-portraits and interwoven commentary by 11 of its members, which generates a surprising amount of energy. Lively and engrossing docu should click with PBS and gay-themed cable.

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With: An-D, Andy Monk, Anna Goldsznycer; Dexter Asido, G.i.JaEn. HaRdCoRe; Jon Salvator, Kevin Santos, P Concepcion, Sara Wekselblatt, Suraby Yensi, Teaspoon.

A joyous testimonial to a neighborhood youth program — part of Gotham’s Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center — “Sky” is a series of video self-portraits and interwoven commentary by 11 of its members, which generates a surprising amount of energy. Visual quality varies greatly, but the inventiveness of helmer Bickart’s concept and the articulate nature of the various contribs surmount even the most visually challenged of pieces. A chorus of individual affirmation, lively and engrossing docu should click with PBS and gay-themed cable.

Pic’s transexuality is established through a ritualistic laying out and donning of male clothing, followed by an impromptu waltz with a broom. Homemovie-like shots of a bedroom whirl around the myriad voiced-over questions of a bisexual/Hispanic/Jewish woman. Fabricated images tend to fare best: Primitive stick figures counterpoint Kevin Santos’ highly inflected, emotional autobiography “A Sick Man’s Dreams”; a biracial love affair is acted out with a white and a black Barbie doll, crudely animated or manipulated by Sara Wekselblatt in a raucous parody of self-expressive psychotherapy. Editing and sound quality are first-rate.

I Look Up at the Sky Now

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Production: Produced by Barbara M. Bickart, Miriam Yeung. Directed by Barbara M. Bickart.

Crew: Camera (color/B&W, DV), Bickart, others; editors, Bickart, Cheryl Furjanic, Aurora Maria Aguero. Reviewed at NewFest: N.Y. Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, June 15, 2003. Running time: 63 MIN.

With: With: An-D, Andy Monk, Anna Goldsznycer; Dexter Asido, G.i.JaEn. HaRdCoRe; Jon Salvator, Kevin Santos, P Concepcion, Sara Wekselblatt, Suraby Yensi, Teaspoon.

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