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marc smolowitz is still around and shines brightly with 15 stories of hope

June 21, 2011

you might know my friend, marc smolowitz. maybe you know him from his days organizing in the castro with the act-up movement. maybe you took one of his courses at the art institute of california, or you might know his name because he directed and produced a few highly awarded films. you might know him because of his local leadership at full circle fund, sf public press, jewish film festival, or san francisco’s access public cable tv. folks might know him because he served on the jewish community federation’s lgbt alliance board. i just know him, love him, have been mentored by him and want to share that he is very much still around.

The full list of local directors who contributed to Still Around includes (alphabetically): Emmanuelle Antolin, Daniel Cardone, S. Leo Chiang, Deborah Craig, Robert Dekkers, Véronica Duport Deliz, Jörg Fockele, Stuart Gaffney, Amir Jaffer, Sade Huron, Tim Kulikowski & Ian Wolfley, Rick Osmon, Anne Siegel, Marc Smolowitz and Debra A. Wilson.

this month is the 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS. and marc has been preparing by devoting the past two years to create the HIV Story Project. this new npo produced an unrivaled collection of 15 stories by local directors. each story speaks to what survival for our times mean. still around shows people living and thriving with HIV/AIDS. even 30-years into this epidemic, this work is groundbreaking by featuring stories of hope and courage. marc’s most recent work is a definitive ‘must see’.

let me know if you will be in the audience supporting this film, these local producers, directors and frameline on friday june 24 at the castro theatre (1:15pm w. a 3:30 after-party at the Lookout co-hosted by AIDS Healthcare Foundation). trust me, you can do all of this before pride shabbat begins this friday (get tickets). the screening is co-presented by various HIV/AIDS nonprofits and the directors and subjects are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening question and answer session.

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