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Writer & Director: Tom E. Brown
While Dan lives paycheck to paycheck, working the door at a San Francisco dive bar and promoting unpopular poetry slams, he has been stuck in place since the day he was diagnosed with HIV. Now positive for 22 years, Dan’s problems aren’t physical—his psyche is more of an issue than his T-cells. He longs for companionship, but dreading the inevitable “Hi I’m positive” talk, he has successfully avoided the dating scene. When the state suspends his medical coverage, and his expensive combo of multi-colored, multi-tasking AIDS drugs are cut off, the daily grind and constantly living 10 pills away from death every day gets just a little more nerve-wracking.
With Opening Short
Director: Brandon Cordeiro / 2016 / USA / 9 min.
In 1997, a mother brings her seven-year old boy to a public AIDS memorial on a beach in Provincetown, Mass. There, he experiences firsthand the loss incurred by the epidemic of the mid-1980s and his community’s inspirational response to it.