03 May 2007

Strange Culture

The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife Hope died in her sleep of heart failure. Police arrived, became suspicious of Kurtz’s art, and called the FBI.

Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist" as dozens of agents in hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife’s body.

Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, former Chair of the Genetics Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date.


"Don't miss Lynn Hershman Leeson's shocking new film, "Strange Culture," which documents the case of artist and professor Steven Kurtz and geneticist Robert Ferrell, accused in 2004 by the U.S. Justice Department of "bioterrorism" and currently awaiting trial. The case threatens to set dangerous precedent by eroding the boundary between civil and criminal law, and by criminalizing those who legitimately and legally criticize government policy."


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