An edited version of 1989's "Looking for Langston," which concerns sexual identity during the Harlem Renaissance and contains references to author Langston Hughes (1902-67). Filmed in black-and-white by Isaac Julien.
Dealing with terminal illness is the theme of the modern dance "Still Here," performed by the Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company. Jones directed the work, which juxtaposes comments of cancer and AIDS patients with visual images and music.
Part 1 of the two-part "Seven Deadly Sins: An MTV News Special Report" examines "human compulsions," such as lust, pride and envy. Included: comments from Queen Latifah, Kirstie Alley, Ice-T and Sean Young.
In "Suspicious," things get "weird, weird, weird, weird" for a wired woman (Janeane Garafalo) on a road trip. Written and directed by David Koepp. Also: animation from Jeff Scher ("Garden of Regrets") and Jan Svankmajer ("Dimensions of Dialogue").
Jo Andres's film "Black Kites" chronicles the thoughts of a Bosnian woman (Mimi Goese) as she struggles to endure the seige of Sarajevo. "I lose my sense of life and my mind," the woman explains. Narrated by Mira Furlan.
"Air-O-Dynamic" features three film shorts, including a work directed by Matthew Modine about the impact of smoking on a man's life; and David Munro's "Bullethead," a black-and-white piece about a sled racer.
"Bui Doi Life like Dust," a portrait of Vietnamese immigrant-turned-gang-member Ricky Phan. Included: comments from Phan, who discusses escaping from Vietnam and his gang affiliation; interviews with his parents.
"Memories of Home" includes a tale about an African native's effort to create a "Home Away from Home" in England; and an animated short about a father and child's thoughts at bedtime. Also: David Anderson's "Door."
Films by the Brothers Quay are featured. "Street of Crocodiles" animates stories by Bruno Schultz. Also: "Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer," the brothers' tribute to the animation pioneer. Both films originally aired on "Alive from Off Center."
"MTV: The Reagan Years," a rapid-fire look at the cable channel, includes music-video clips, promotional spots and an MTV short, "Joe's Apartment," where cockroaches interrupt a young man's date. Narrated by Peter Thomas.
"No Accident." John Giorno (who co-scripted) meditates on the relationship between New Yorkers and their subways in a monologue examining the lives of those who frequent the city's underground, including yuppies, vagrants and performance artists. Directed by Michel Negroponte.
A film by artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss follows "The Way Things Go" in a curious physical chain reaction involving trash bags, tires, candles, foaming liquids, balloons and tea kettles. Filmed in 1987.
A traveling peddler (Liam Mitchell) encounters a cowboy, a man who argues with himself, and free-spirited teenage girls in "The Salesman and Other Adventures." Written and directed by Hannah Weyer. Also: animation from "Beavis and Butt-head" creator Mike Judge.
In "A Sense of History," a pompous aristocrat (Jim Broadbent, who also scripted) describes life as the 23rd Earl of Leete, an existence characterized by murder, misjudgment---and efficient management. Directed by Mike Leigh.
In "Slowly, This," Asian-American David Mura and African-American Alexs Pate meditate on anger, cultural repression and survival tactics in America. Also: John Leguizamo recites "Latinisms"; Sekou Sundiata offers "Two Excerpts from Words in Your Face."