For Immediate Release
Los Angeles, Calif. (June 6, 2013) - Peter Staley and Garance Franke-Ruta, cast members of the Academy Award®-nominated documentary film How to Survive a Plague will participate in an exclusive screening and panel discussion presented by AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 PM, at the Silver Screen Theater in the Pacific Design Center. The public is invited.
Note to Editors: Peter Staley and Garance Franke-Ruta will be available for interviews at the event in addition to pre-event interviews. If interested, please call or email media contact listed above.
The special “One City One Pride” event is presented by Collective Effect at APLA, and is sponsored by the City of West Hollywood and Symphonic Love Foundation. A reception featuring a historical archive that highlights APLA's 30 years of service begins at 6:00 PM at the Pacific Design Center, followed by the film screening at 7:30 PM. The post-screening panel will be moderated by City of West Hollywood Council Member John Duran, and will include other local experts to provide an L.A. perspective on past and future of HIV/AIDS activism. Tickets are available at apla.org/screening at $15 per person.
Hailed by the New York Times as “a model for the here and now of how social change occurs,” How to Survive a Plague is on the top 10 lists of over twenty major publications across the nation, earning 12 nominations and seven wins during the 2012 - 2013 film season, including a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards®.
The film is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker and director David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
Staley is the principal focus of “How to Survive a Plague,” having left a successful career on Wall Street to become an AIDS and gay rights activist, first as a member of ACT UP New York, then as the founding director of TAG (Treatment Action Group). Staley also served on the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) for 13 years and founded AIDSmeds.com.
Garance Franke-Ruta (ACT UP/ TAG) left high school after two years, and eventually moved to New York in 1988. She pressured pharmaceutical companies to test and market drugs for people with AIDS under a plan she co-founded entitled Countdown 18 Months. Franke-Ruta, a graduate of Harvard University, is the politics editor for The Atlantic Online whose work also appears in Salon, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Legal Affairs, National Journal and Utne Reader.
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidenced-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocated for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit apla.org.
APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher / Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.