Movies

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

published: October, 09, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reviews the new documentary by David France.

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

Marsha P. Johnson, in a photo from the new documentary. Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson — a trans woman like Cruz herself — who’s body was pulled from the Hudson river after disappearing the evening before. The cause of death had been ruled a suicide, but that doesn’t wash with Marsha’s friends or with much of the LGBT population of New Yor

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Movies, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From the Windsor Star, Tamar Harris reports on "HIV and Aging", a documentary film being shot, fundraised and directed by Amanda Gellman.

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

Portrait of Gregory Scratch, who is featured in a dicumentary called HIV and Aging, a project being shot/fundraised/directed by Amanda Gellman.  Photo: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star. In 1995, Gregory Scratch was told he had 12 hours to live. His list of ailments was long and life-threatening: pneumocystis pneumonia, cryptococcal meningitis and shingles. The underlying disease? HIV. Scratch was one of thousands to be diagnosed with HIV in the ’80s and ’90s. The then-mysterious disease claime

Let’s take a look at how gay porn studios have changed their treatment of poz performers

published: June, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Health, Revolving Door, International , Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

What it means to be HIV-positive is changing and the porn world is not exempt. From Unicorn Booty, Daniel Villarreal reports.

Let’s take a look at how gay porn studios have changed their treatment of poz performers

To read the complete article by Daniel Villarreal, visit Unicorn Booty, here. Gay porn star, sex worker and gay sexual health advocate Kayden Gray just came out as HIV-positive on YouTube. When gay porn stars Rod Daily and Mason Wyler came out as positive back 2013 and 2011 respectively, their announcements effectively ended their porn careers. So we asked Harlan Yaffe, the editor-in-chief of the gay porn news and video site The Sword (NSFW) and Zachary Sire, the editor-in-chief of the

SERO Project releases new short film on HIV criminalization

published: December, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

"HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination", a new documentary short film to raise awareness of the continued criminalization of people living with HIV.

SERO Project releases new short film on HIV criminalization

November 28, 2016 -- In conjunction with World AIDS Day on December 1, the SERO Project announced the release of its new documentary short film, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination. The short film furthers SERO Project’s goal to raise awareness of the continued criminalization of people living with HIV.  “As HIV activists, HIV criminalization is a defining moral issue of our time,” said SERO Project executive director Sean Strub (above). “State statutes throughout

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

HIV research has never been presented so entertainingly, as Mark S. King shares.

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The Knocks and it features vocals by Alex Newell, the young gender-bending singer who rose to fame by stealing season three of the television series, Glee (his rendition of “Boogie Shoes” on that show is a one-way ticket to my happy place). In the CDC music vid

Back from the abyss of meth adddiction

published: September, 20, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, Hep B and C, Gay Men, CATIE, Movies, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV

Shazia Islam sits down with HIV activist Christian Hui to learn about how he’s fighting stigma so that others don’t have to go through what he did.

Back from the abyss of meth adddiction

The scene opens with seven men sitting on chairs arranged in a circle. An awkward silence permeates the room until a counsellor among them asks one of them to begin. Lucas ponders what his family might think if they ever find out that he’s hooked on crystal meth. Chen is next. He lists all that he has lost: his house, his job, his partner. Then Jeremy talks about his desire for love and acceptance as Alex, the main character, gives him a knowing look. Empty Nest is a short film, written by

A film about long term survivors: into the desert, after the bomb

published: May, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King calls Daniel Cardone’s Desert Migration “an almost clinical look at the after-effects of a catastrophe.”

A film about long term survivors: into the desert, after the bomb

Daniel Cardone’s essential but relentlessly grim documentary about longtime AIDS survivors, Desert Migration, is fascinated with the bodies of the gay men it profiles. The film begins with lingering shots of each of the subjects as they begin their day.  It follows them through their routine, some of them naked, as they prepare breakfast, shower, shave, meditate. Their faces peer directly at us — a few of them handsome, all of them weathered — in high definition close-up. We are bein

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

published: March, 29, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on a new web series that’s follows the life of a Boston gay man, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Mark recommends it – and talks to its creator, writer and star, Christian Daniel Kiley

The challenging web series that travels from ‘Unsure’ to ‘Positive’

In the gorgeous and sometimes maddening web series Unsure/Positive, we follow the life of a Boston gay man, Kieran, literally from the moment he gets his HIV positive test result. Kieran’s journey in the six-episode first season (available for only $3.99 on Vimeo) covers some difficult terrain – shame, disclosure, sex and drugs – and many HIV positive guys and our friends will identify with it.  This is poz-adjacent art that is absolutely worth your time and a few bucks, most particula

HIV movies through new eyes - The Normal Heart

published: December, 21, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Television, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reviews the highly regarded movie adaption of Larry Kramer’s story of activism in New York in the early days of the epidemic, The Normal Heart.

HIV movies through new eyes - The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart is a 2014 HBO film written by Larry Kramer based on his 1985 play of that name and directed by Ryan Murphy. The cast includes Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Groff and also Joe Mantello, who starred in the original theatre production.  The movie portrays the rise of the AIDS epidemic in New York between 1981 and 1984 and rages against the forces that failed to act or even speak up during the epidemic’s early years. A generation of young gay

HIV movies through new eyes - Longtime Companion

published: November, 12, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reviews the early AIDS film Longtime Companion (1989) and says “I can’t recommend this movie highly enough.”

HIV movies through new eyes - Longtime Companion

Although AIDS cut a devastating swath in the creative professions throughout the 80’s it is perhaps surprising that, released in 1989, Longtime Companion was the first wide-release film to relate what life was like in the early years of the AIDS epidemic in America. It was preceded only by the TV movie, “An Early Frost” and the excellent but obscure, “Parting Glances”. Written by Craig Lucas and directed by Norman Rene, the film follows events over eight years in the lives of a grou

HIV movies through new eyes - Parting Glances

published: October, 19, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reviews the ground-breaking 1984 movie, one of the earliest films to address HIV and AIDS, and says “ I recommend it to anyone interested in gay or HIV-related cinema.”

HIV movies through new eyes - Parting Glances

I was really looking forward to seeing this one. An American independent film directed by Bill Sherwood, Parting Glances was shot in 1984 and released in 1986. It’s widely considered a landmark of gay cinema and is one of the earliest films to address HIV and AIDS. Robert (John Bolger) works for an international aid organization and is about to leave on a work assignment in Africa. He’ll be leaving behind his partner, a freelance editor named Michael (Richard Ganoung). Michael meanwhile s

HIV Movies through new eyes - “Rent” falls just a little short

published: September, 15, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Newly diagnosed Peterborough guy Robert Olver reviews the 2005 movie version of the Broadway musical “Rent” which features HIV positive characters barely getting by in New York City

HIV Movies through new eyes -  “Rent” falls just a little short

Please let me start by admitting right off the top that though I love music and spend as much time as I can in its presence, I don’t care much for musicals. My friend Bob knows this so he’s asked me to review another one. “There’s a lot in there if you listen and look for it,” he told me. So OK, here goes. Rent is a musical drama based on the Broadway musical of the same name, which was in turn based on the opera La Boheme which premiered in 1896. The film was directed by Chris Col

Stigma Killed Eric Easy E: “Straight Outta Compton”

published: September, 07, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Our Samantha reviews Straight Outta Compton, the current release about the rap group NWA that includes an HIV angle

Stigma Killed Eric Easy E: “Straight Outta Compton”

I do not profess to be a film critic. I will focus on how HIV was represented in the film Straight Outta Compton through the lens of a woman living with HIV.  Straight Outta Compton was produced by Dr Dre and Ice Cube who grew up in Compton, a city south of Los Angeles where many rappers grew up. It had a reputation for violence, gangs, hip hop and the place where rap music originated. As the film demonstrates, and contrary to mainstream beliefs, rap music is a social commentary reflectin

Charles Sanchez gives life with HIV the full comic treatment in Merce

published: August, 24, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Movies, Features and Interviews, Television, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to New York poz guy Charles Sanchez, producer, writer and star of Merce, a TV web series that’s been compared to "Seinfeld with HIV".

Charles Sanchez gives life with HIV the full comic treatment in Merce

"Merce, is about a middle aged, HIV+ guy living in NYC, and it's a musical comedy! And here's the subversive part: it's not sad and no one dies. As an HIV+ man, I've been starving for a story about HIV that isn't sad. The show is bright, colorful, campy and fun. Each episode is less than 10 minutes long, and each has an original musical number. The goal of the show is to present a fresh idea of what a person with HIV looks like, and to add some humor into the conversation about HIV. After all

HIV Movies through new eyes - Philadelphia: "important any way you look at it"

published: August, 17, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Newly diagnosed Peterborough guy Robert Olver reviews the 1993 movie that stars Tom Hanks as a lawyer under attack from his employer while fighting the ravages of AIDS

HIV Movies through new eyes -  Philadelphia:

When Bob told me he wanted me to review Philadelphia next in PositiveLite.com's “HIV Movies through New Eyes” series I swallowed hard. What on earth could I possibly say about this iconic movie? I mentioned none of this to Bob, of course, so here I sit, film freshly watched and I’m still very much under its spell and… WHAT can I possibly say about this iconic movie? Well, I can say this: Philadelphia is an extremely influential film about HIV, AIDS, homosexuality and the conflation of

[12 3 4 5  >>