Film (How To Survive A Plague) and Talk: the Past/Future of AIDS Activism
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT)
West Hollywood, CA
Come and view the Oscar nominated film "How To Survive A Plague," followed by an engaging talk with a fantastic panel featuring Dr. Michael Gottlieb, the doctor who diagnosed the first cases of AIDS in 1981, noted HIV physician Dr, David Hardy, City Councilman and AIDS activist John Duran, and very special guest Jim Eigo, a founder of ACT UP who is featured in the film. The evening will include both welcoming and closing receptions.
This fantastic film has been widely acclaimed by audiences at OutFest and numerous festivals around the world. It is on over 20 top ten film lists. It is produced and directed by David France, and is about to become a miniseries on ABC.
The event will also inform the community about the new Dr. Michael Gottlieb HIV/AIDS Information Center which we intend to create within the Library. This center will feature materials, programming and displays that educate viewers about the earliest days of the epidemic, particularly about its impact on a broad demographic in West Hollywood and throughout the West Coast. Just as the documentary focuses on the creation of ACT UP and Treatment Action Group on the East Coast, we will compile and reflect our heroic actions on the West Coast to build a grassroots network of compassion and action in the face of a killer. The center is soliciting community support and is slated to be opened within a year.
Since the public programming components of the Gottlieb Center will complement the work being planned by the new group working on a National AIDS Monument to be located in West Hollywood, this event on April 24 will benefit both organizations (ticket buyers can direct their proceeds to one organization or the other, or allow the groups to share).
Free Paking in the multi-story City structure adjacent (enter from Robertson to El Tovar)
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
“…The first documentary that I have seen that does justice to this story of a civil rights movement rising from the ashes of our dead.” Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast
“Tells the story of these activists and the organisations they built... in compelling detail. Their fight was a Gandhian one—using the tactics of non-violent civil disobedience, the creativity of the gay community, and the effective but tough slog of grassroots participatory democracy.” Chris Beyrer, The Lancet
“Served powerfully, with minimal adornment... A moving and meticulous documentary about AIDS activism in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s” A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“…An epic celebration of heroism and tenacity, and less directly, a useful template for any fledgling activist movement, demonstrating the effectiveness of inside/outside strategy.” David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
Director/Producer David France is an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author who has been writing about AIDS since 1982 and today is one of the best-known chroniclers of the epidemic. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, GQ, and New York magazine, where he is a contributing editor, and has received the National Headliner Award and the GLAAD Media Award, among others. Several films have been inspired by his work, most recently the Emmy-nominated Showtime film OUR FATHERS, for which he received a WGA nomination. He is at work on a major history of AIDS, due from Alfred A. Knopf in 2013. Based on decades of reporting, HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is his directorial debut.
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West Hollywood Library Foundation
The West Hollywood Library Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and opportunities for the community's diverse residents by enhancing their access to information, education programs, technology and each other.
The mission of the West Hollywood Library Foundation is to generate resources and undertake collaborative initiatives that enhance the physical and programmatic capacity of the West Hollywood Library and Park as a center of community connection, education, and thought leadership reflecting the diverse values of the City and region.
Incorporated in 1984, West Hollywood was the first in the U.S. to call itself “The Creative City.” Encompassing vibrant districts including The Design District and the Sunset Strip, “WeHo” has been voted the second most walkable community in California, and, at 1.9-square miles total, arguably has more arts per square mile than any other city in the country.