restricted access Brooklyn Babylon Cinema Manifesto (USA, 1998)

The “Brooklyn Babylon Cinema Manifesto” demonstrates the importance of post-punk, queer, and DIY cultures in the creation of microscenes in the face of mainstream cinema and the domination of old guard avant-garde by capital. This manifesto is emblematic of the third generation American independent cinema scene, where high art aspirations are eschewed and a profoundly political interaction with popular culture comes to the forefront of experimental work. The two cofounders of “Brooklyn Babylon” continue to support queer and experimental work outside mainstream galleries and festivals: Jusick is now Executive Director of MIX NYC, the New York queer experimental film festival, and Berry is the Executive Director of the Images Festival in Toronto.