Synopsis by Mark Deming
Delmas Howe is an artist who was born in the colorfully named town of Truth or Consequences, NM, once a wide-open sin city favored by cowboys on the trail and now home to a community of stubborn individualists. While Howe first made his name with classical depictions of life in the American West, after he came out as a gay man, he began a series of paintings which focused on images of the male form. Howe returned to his home town to show "Stations: A Gay Passion," a collection of paintings that blended biblical images with depictions of homosexual eroticism, at a local museum. As might have been expected, the exhibit was the subject of protests from the Christian Evangelical community, and The Truth or Consequences of Delmas Howe is a documentary which explores Howe's life, his work, and the controversy it has generated. The Truth or Consequences of Delmas Howe was screened as part of the 2004 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
AIDS, artist, career-retrospective, controversy, eroticism, exhibit, fundamentalism, gay/lesbian-rights, hometown, homophobia, homosexual, individuality, life-story, painting, small-town, struggle