This was a proof of concept, made in 1991 after Sony came out with the 8mm Handicam. I thought it could start a new era of affordable video production because people would be able to capture an hour’s worth of sync sound color footage for only $5 an hour which on film cost more than $3,000. So I bought one for about 300 bucks and screwed around with it. I actually got something aired on PBS/BBC about Pee Wee Herman.
I wanted to show how I could use it in unobtrusive and “difficult” situations. I met a doctor, Joyce Wallace, who was testing street prostitutes for HIV, driving around in a van on the worst of the “strolls” in NYC. I figured that if I could be in that van filming, it would be a great demonstration both of my skills and the equipment.
What follows is right out of the camera, unedited.
WARNING: Graphic content that could be upsetting.
Here is a New York Times profile of the project https://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/08/nyregion/about-new-york-shepherding-prostitutes-with-aids.html
The story of how Dr. Wallace started testing prostitues https://www.villagevoice.com/2006/01/24/before-it-had-a-name/