Life and Death on the A-List

tom mcbride

Released: 1996
Length: 45 minutes
Director: Jay Corcoran
Cast: Tom McBride

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This striking documentary by New York actor and playwright Jay Corcoran, details the life and death of Tom McBride, a New York actor and model dying of Progressive Multi-focal Leucoencephalopathy (PML), an AIDS-related brain disease.

McBride’s “All-American” good looks made him a familiar face in television commercials, print ads and films through the ’70s and ’80s. He even became that most emblematic of masculine images: the Winston man. For many gay men, McBride became an icon exemplifying life on the “A-List” — the whirl of sex, drugs, theme parties, and summers on Fire Island that made New York’s gay scene famous. But McBride’s glamorous life was stalked by his sexual obsession and compulsive drive.
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Think Coffee

April Fool's Day at Think Coffee, 248 Mercer Street, New York City.

First published in NYC24, The Hijinks Issue, 2008.

By Jay Corcoran

April Fool’s Day at Think Coffee, New York City.

Mildred Verrier was worried.

One night last week she planned to roller skate at her place of employment, Think Coffee, while dressed in her underpants and other accessories while playing the ukulele.

“The singing and nudity didn’t bother me,” said Verrier a coffee barista-singer, “it’s the roller stakes, I never did it before.”
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Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom Film

Rock Bottom 
Released: 2007
Length: 61 minutes
Producer/Director/Camera: Jay Corcoran
Producer: Colin Weil
Editor: Kenny Wachtal
Original Music: Scott Killian
Executive Producer: Joe Lovett

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Rock Bottom follows the journeys of seven gay men struggling with meth addiction and recovery against a backdrop of an emerging second wave of HIV infection. From grappling with the drug’s effects on their physical and mental health to wrestling with their darkest sexual desires, Rock Bottom delivers a chilling portrait of a community in crisis. With an unflinching eye the film captures their stories over a two-year period, from sex clubs to hospitals to family gatherings. It takes enormous courage to face these demons, and even more to allow the world to watch. Continue reading “Rock Bottom”

New York Diary

New York Diary presents one New Yorker’s personal take on September 11 and its aftermath. How was the immediate, unintelligible horror of the attacks digested and domesticated in the days and weeks that followed?

Harrowing images from the first thirty-six hours give way to the rituals of missing posters, makeshift memorials, to posing for pictures with policemen and buying t-shirts and other 9/11 memorabilia. The film asks disturbing questions about how the global electronic village assimilates and banalizes terror and mass murder.

New York Diary was broadcast on Thirteen/WNET.

New York Diary 2

Harrowing images from the first thirty-six hours give way to the rituals of missing posters, makeshift memorials and patriotic displays.

The unimaginable devastation of Ground Zero and the twenty-four hour a day removal of debris by truck and barge are juxtaposed with the get a snapshot, and take home a souvenir.

The film asks disturbing questions about how the global electronic village assimilates and banalizes terror and mass murder.

To view New Diary Part 1 click here.