AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, in partnership with the City of West Hollywood, is pleased to present “AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead.” This World AIDS Day benefit event about the history and future of HIV/AIDS is part of ONE Archives’ year of 60th Anniversary programming.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
West Hollywood Library Auditorium and Courtyard
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
In the Auditorium:
Screening of Too Little, Too Late (1987) and Mother, Mother (1989) followed by Q&A with the Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Micki Dickoff.
Presentations about HIV/AIDS include Dr. Michael Gottlieb’s “HIV: Across the Generations” and Dr. Mark Katz’s “Recollections and Collections: A Physician Remembers AIDS” plus musical performances by Cantor Juval Porat and Our Lady J. Hosted by gay rights/AIDS activist Roberta Bennett.
Screening of An Early Frost (1985), followed by a Q&A with the award winning writers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman.
In the Courtyard:
Materials about HIV/AIDS from the collections of Dr. Mark Katz and ONE Archives will be on display in the Courtyard. This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served.
During the program, ONE will highlight several foundational HIV/AIDS organizations from Los Angeles who have established their collections at ONE, including Aid for AIDS, AIDS Project Los Angeles, AIDS Service Center, Being Alive, HALSA, Project Angel Food, Project Chicken Soup, and Women Alive.
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Minimum donation of $25 includes entry to all programs throughout the day. Donations of $100 or more include entry to programs throughout the day, VIP seating and gift bag.
Donations of $500 or more will be invited to a private reception and tour of ONE Archives’ AIDS Collection with Director of Collections Joseph Hawkins, PhD, Archivist Loni Shibuyama and Dr. Mark Katz.
The event will also feature a memorial slideshow of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS. For inclusion in the slideshow, please email a photo and name of your loved one to firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds benefit the continued preservation of materials related to HIV/AIDS at ONE Archives, the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world.
AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead Participants
Roberta Bennett, Host of the Program
Roberta Bennett, renowned family law attorney and gay rights activist, was at the forefront of the gay community’s response to the AIDS crisis from the beginning. She was on the board of the AIDS Project Los Angeles for six years and raised thousands of dollars for the organization. While on the board there, she campaigned successfully to get early AIDS drugs approved quickly for the general population. Ms. Bennett has practiced law in California for 30 years and has been a Certified Family Law Specialist for 20 years. She frequently lectures on a range of family law issues, particularly as they relate to domestic partners and the rights of LGBT parents and families.
Mark Howard Katz, M.D.
Dr. Katz, a native of New York City, became involved in the HIV epidemic through his professional work and through a myriad of community organizations. At Kaiser Permanente since 1985, he has served as Regional HIV Physician Coordinator or Advisor since 1992. In the community HIV arena, he is most proud of his work in coordinating and delivering, from 1988 to 1997, the monthly Being Alive Medical Update, an entity which, he explains, “went away—here’s the good news—because of HAART and because of the Internet.”
Michel Gottlieb, M.D.
June 5th, 2011, marked the 30th anniversary of the publication of the report, by Dr Gottlieb and others, on five patients who had what would become known as AIDS. His early involvement in the AIDS saga is chronicled in And the Band Played On by the late Randy Shilts. Dr. Gottlieb is currently a trustee of the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) which does HIV/AIDS relief in the villages of Malawi, Africa. He is board-certified in internal medicine and clinical immunology/allergy and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman: An Early Frost
Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman were the executive producers, creators and writers of the American version of Queer as Folk. They were also the executive producers, creators and writers for the Emmy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated drama series, Sisters, which starred Swoosie Kurtz, Sela Ward, George Clooney, Ashley Judd and Paul Rudd and ran for six seasons on NBC. Prior to that, Cowen & Lipman received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for their teleplay of An Early Frost, which they also associate-produced.
Micki Dickoff: To Little, Too Late and Mother, Mother
Micki Dickoff’s Emmy Award winning documentary Too Little, Too Late was among the first films to humanize AIDS. She followed with the multi-award winning short drama Mother, Mother which was made through the generosity of the Hollywood community and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS organizations. Micki’s other award-winning films include television films Our Sons based on Too Little, Too Late and In the Blink of an Eye, a story about friendship and injustice, and documentaries Step By Step and Bush’s Deadly Ambition about the death penalty, and the critically acclaimed theatrical documentary Neshoba: The Price of Freedom about racism, justice and healing. Currently, Micki’s in production on The Legacy about generational poverty and saving children at risk. Micki heads Pro Bono Productions where she continues to develop documentary and narrative films about pressing social issues.
Our Lady J
Our Lady J is known for her visionary gospel styling, powerhouse pianist skills and unforgettable live shows. Having worked as a pianist and musical director for Broadway’s top performers, she recruited her friends and colleagues to form the “Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir.” Our Lady J quickly became a New York icon known for her technical prowess and soul shaking live shows, regularly selling out top venues with her choir by her side. Before embarking on her solo career, Our Lady J (also known as Jonnah Speidel) developed her “stage legs” through accompanying and musical directing artists including Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, and Lady Gaga. The Village Voice said about her performances, “Powerful! Our Lady J knows how to rock the house!” OUT Magazine recently named her as one of the “Out 100,” a list of people who have shaped LGBT culture.
Cantor Juval Porat
Juval Porat is a singer-songwriter and cabaret performer, as well as Cantor—a Jewish leader of musical prayer—at LA’s Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), the first LGBT synagogue. Juval’s own ‘first’ came in 2010, when he became the first Cantor to be ordained in Germany since before WWII. “Yummy,” a music video, is on YouTube, he blogs at Juval-online.com, and he leads services at BCC on Fridays at 8pm.
About the Films
Too Little, Too Late (1987 – 49 minutes)
Introduction and Q&A with Filmmaker Micki Dickoff
The pioneering AIDS documentary Too Little, Too Late won an Emmy for filmmaker Micki Dickoff. The film tells the story of three families devastated by the loss of their children and the prejudice surrounding the disease in the 1980’s. Early in the AIDS epidemic, the film was one of the first documentaries to humanize people with AIDS and their families.
Mother, Mother (1989 – 30 minutes)
Introduction and Q&A with Filmmaker Micki Dickoff
A Blue Ribbon winner at the American Film Festival, this hard-hitting, dramatic production is about the relationship between a young man with AIDS and his estranged mother. This 35mm film was made through the generosity of the Hollywood community who donated their time and talent to raise money, awareness and understanding about the disease. The cast includes Polly Bergen, Piper Laurie, Bess Armstrong and John Dye, with music by Henry Mancini and title song by Cris Williamson.
An Early Frost (1985, 97 minutes)
Introduction and Q&A with Screenwriters Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman
Originally broadcast on NBC, An Early Frost was the first major film to deal with the topic of HIV/AIDS. With screenplay by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman and story by Sherman Yellen, it was directed by John Erman. Aidan Quinn starred as a Chicago attorney who goes home to break the news – that he is gay and has AIDS – to his parents, played by Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands. Tom Shales of the Washington Post called An Early Frost “the most important TV movie of the year.” The film was nominated for 14 Emmy Awards and won three, including Outstanding Writing For a Movie or Miniseries for Cowen and Lipman for their teleplay.
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“AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead” is presented in partnership with the City of West Hollywood. Generous support for ONE’s 60th Anniversary, including “AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead” is provided by Wells Fargo. This event is sponsored by Dr. Reid Rasmussen and Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.
Image: Chuck Stallard, ACT-UP Protest at the Sixth International Conference on AIDS, San Francisco, June 20, 1990. ACT-UP Los Angeles Records. ONE Archives