Video Album #5 / The Thursday People

1987, 60 min, color, sound
1987, 46:09 min, color, sound
1987, 12:33 min, color, sound

Writes Kuchar: "In two parts, with a total length of 60 minutes, this diary chronicles the final visits I had with Curt McDowell, who was bed-ridden at the time with AIDS. The tape records the whole season inside and out and the food that went in and the feelings that went out. It's Easter time and the tone is one of a holiday feel instead of a hard-boiled bummer. All hard-boiled items are dyed for resurrection."

In Video Album #5 Kuchar talks to friends, colleagues and students around the San Francisco Art Institute. His visits with the filmmaker Curt McDowell chronicle the ongoing minutiae of everyday life amidst the reality of illness. The Thursday People is a eulogy for McDowell, who is recalled by friends and family at a weekly gathering called the "Soiree." Kuchar's unsentimental but deeply felt personal reflection on the filmmaker's life and death is a tribute to the passing of people and time.