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ACT UP! the movie

Posted on May 16, 2011 by in Noteworthy

A new film about ACT UP! is in the works! Producers/directors Scott Robbe and Jerry Kolbe have been feverishly working for the past three years to bring a story about the world’s first AIDS activists to the screen. As a grass-roots and radically democratic movement, ACT UP! was instrumental in challenging power structures invested in letting people with AIDS die. ACT UP! helped achieve dedicated and immediate access to speedy treatment R&D funding, access to potential anti-AIDS meds, access to freedom from stigma and discrimination, and access to compassion, among other resources, for those with HIV/AIDS. Its strategies for positive social transformation were creative and no holds barred—a shock to the system that proved effective. With the help of executive producer Gus Van Sant and co-director Ellen Spiro (Body of War), ACT UP! The Movie will feature fresh interviews with founding members as well as archival video, photographs and other documents from the early days onward. The aim of the film is to educate as well as inspire a new generation of activists, whatever their cause.

A companion book, written by Scott Robbe and Jerry Kolber, and a music CD produced by Anthony Rapp are being planned. A portion of the proceeds from all ACT UP! The Movie media will go to UNAIDS.

The filmmakers are aiming for a wide theatrical release and television broadcast, but they need our help. To support the project, make a tax-deductible donation on-line by visiting www.actupthemovie.com or e-mail info@feedyourheadtv.com, or, if you are in the New York City area, purchase tickets to the upcoming cocktail reception fundraiser. Fundraiser date: May 25; time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; location: The Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY.; tickets: $100. Attendees will be treated to an open bar, food, live music by NYC’s “Allies” and the chance to join hosts Gus Van Sant, Scott Robbe, Jerry Kolber, and Ellen Spiro in raising awareness about the project.

Visit the project on-line at www.actupthemovie.com.

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