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In the dark days of 1987, the country was six years into the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that was still largely being ignored both by government officials and health organizations -until the sudden emergence of the activist group ACT UP in Greenwich Village, largely made up of HIV-positive participants who refused to die without a fight. Emboldened by the power of rebellion, they took on the challenges that public officials had ignored, raising awareness of the disease through a series of dramatic protests. More remarkably, they became recognized experts in virology, biology, and pharmaceutical chemistry. Their efforts would see them seize the reins of federal policy from the FDA and NIH, force the AIDS conversation into the 1992 presidential election, and guide the way to the discovery of effective AIDS drugs that stopped an HIV diagnosis from being an automatic death sentence - and allowed them to live long lives.

  • Release date:September 21, 2012

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Howard Gertler Best Documentary 2012 Nominee
Boston Society of Film Critics David France Best New Filmmaker 2012 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle David France Best First Film 2012 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards David France Best Documentary 2012 Nominee

Crew

David France
Director
David France
Producer
Howard Gertler
Producer
David France
Screenwriter
T. Woody Richman
Screenwriter
Derek Wiesehahn
Cinematographer
Arthur Russell
Songwriter
Paul Heck
Musical Direction/Supervision
T. Woody Richman
Editor
Jonathan Oppenheim
Editor
T. Woody Richman
Co-producer
Loring McAlpin
Associate Producer
Dan Cogan
Executive Producer
Mark Roy
Sound Mixer
Lora Hirschberg
Sound Mixer
Lora Hirschberg
Re-Recording Mixer
Lora Hirschberg
Sound Editor
Grant Nellessen
Graphic Design
David France
Additional Cinematography
Adolfo Doring
Additional Cinematography
Jonathan Starch
Consulting Producer
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