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The Normal Heart

Posted on August 23, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

[DVD] The Normal Heart Directed by Ryan Murphy HBO Home Entertainment Reviewed by Robert Kingett Sometimes it takes a raindrop to ignite a tidal wave when fighting for equality. It all starts on the beach one day in 1981. The sun is shining, ships are docking, and people are laughing and having a grand old [...]

Calling My Children

Posted on June 16, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

Calling My Children An Interview with David Binder Gail Farrow passed away from AIDS-related causes in 1989, leaving behind a husband, Ronald Watson, and four sons, Ronald, Jr., Frank, Kenny, and Benny. Award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker David Binder was with her and her family for a year and a half, every day, documenting the last [...]

Front Seat Chronicles

Posted on May 22, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

Getting Real Behind the Wheel Allen Sowelle & Josh Feinman Take Front Seat Roles in Discussing HIV Seroconversion Along with Other Social Woes by Sean Black Front Seat Chronicles is a Web-based programming series that skillfully navigates a myriad of tough conversations ranging in topic from death and incarceration to marriage equality and HIV infection. [...]

Test: The Film

Posted on May 19, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

Tests of Courage A New Film by Chris Mason Johnson Doesn’t Dance Around the Issue of HIV by V. Anderson With his first feature film since The New Twenty, writer/director Chris Mason Johnson has created a powerful story grounded in his own experiences in ballet and modern dance. Set in 1985, Test follows Frankie, a [...]

God Loves Uganda

Posted on April 21, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

God Loves Uganda Directed by Roger Ross Williams Full Credit Productions/Motto Pictures Reviewed by Larry Buhl It’s been a rough couple of years for anti-gay forces in the U.S. and the western world. But anti-gay western Christian evangelicals have found fertile ground—they admit it freely—to spread their “Jesus hates homosexuality” message in Uganda, the buckle [...]

Walk On

Posted on February 17, 2014 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

A Walk to Remember A new documentary by Joseph Kibler & Mark Bashian takes a fresh, candid look at living with HIV/AIDS and disabilities by Alina Oswald Walk on,/With hope in your heart/And you’ll never walk alone,” the song says. Walk on with Joseph Kibler and you’ll never think of walking in the same way, [...]

Looking

Posted on February 10, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

Looking Created by Michael Lannan; executive produced by Sarah Condon & Andrew Haigh HBO Reviewed by Chael Needle Any book or movie or television show that involves more than one gay male character needs to figure out how HIV/AIDS is to be represented. Not because gay male characters automatically should equate with representation of the [...]

Ordinary People

Posted on January 23, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

Ordinary People Is It Time to Stop Honoring “AIDS Movies” with Awards? by Chael Needle For their consideration, I am respectfully asking that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences ignore Dallas Buyers Club this season [Editor's note: This essay was written before Dallas garnered its Oscar noms]. Yes—ignore. Sure, Oscar nominations alone would [...]

The Battle of amfAR

Posted on November 28, 2013 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

The Battle of amfAR Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman HBO Films Reviewed by Sally Hessney HBO premieres The Battle of amfAR, a documentary that celebrates the heroism and humanitarianism of two powerhouse AIDS activists—research scientist Mathilde Krim and screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. Directed by award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid [...]

Dallas Buyers Club

Posted on November 8, 2013 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

In the Fog of War A New Film, Dallas Buyers Club, Revisits One Man’s Small Battle for Treatment Access in the First Decade of the Pandemic by Mark Rebernik A plague was engulfing the nation. As the Cold War was ending and the spectre of fiery mass annihilation waned, a new threat emerged that picked [...]