Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

SF filmmaker seeks donors for film about longtime AIDS survivors

AIDS and aging film picA San Francisco-based filmmaker is seeking the public’s financial support for a documentary about longtime AIDS survivors living in Palm Springs.

Titled Desert Migration, the film will focus on a diverse group of gay, HIV positive men over the age of 50 who are living out their golden years in the southern California city long home to LGBT retirees and vacationers. Production on the film started in October and is slated to begin again in March.

The film is being co-produced by Academy-Award nominated producer Marc Smolowitz, whose production company is 13th Gen, and Palm Springs filmmaker Daniel F. Cardone, who runs Best Revenge Productions. Cardone is directing the film.

Smolowitz runs the nonprofit HIV Story Project, which is providing fiscal sponsorship for the film. It has produced two previous AIDS-related films: the 2011 release Still Around and last year’s Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS.

The two filmmakers have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo aimed at raising $30,000 toward their production costs by this Saturday. As of Monday, January 6 they had netted close to $10,000.

“We’re really excited to be working with Daniel to create this important, ground breaking film,” stated Smolowitz. “His past work is exceptional, and we know Desert Migration is going to be a stunning installment in documentary filmmaking about HIV/AIDS, one that is poised for tremendous
success among broad audiences.”

A trailer for the film can be viewed on YouTube.

— Matthew S. Bajko, January 6, 2014 @ 3:35 pm PST
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