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Flyer by John Dorr for James Dillinger’s 1983 feature-length video Blonde Death. From “EZTV: Video Transfer.”

“EZTV: Video Transfer”

ONE Gallery, West Hollywood

Flyer by John Dorr for James Dillinger’s 1983 feature-length video Blonde Death. From “EZTV: Video Transfer.”

Founded in 1979 in West Hollywood by queer screenwriter John Dorr, EZTV was one of the first of its kind: a showcase and incubator dedicated solely to video makers. EZTV inhabited several locations before settling into a space on Santa Monica Boulevard in 1983, where it thrived as a nationally recognized center for independent video, featuring an on-site production facility, an art gallery, and a lively schedule packed with screenings, performances, and music. After Dorr (its major champion, front man, and director) died of HIV-related causes in 1993, EZTV gradually fell into obscurity, and its treasure trove of narrative and experimental videos, which were housed for years in the cardboard boxes and paper bags of surviving EZTV members, threatened to warp and disintegrate.

Now, thanks to the efforts of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries—the biggest

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