TUESDAY, JUNE 30 AT 7:00PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 • LOFT MEMBERS: $8
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In the eighties and nineties, as the United States gay community was being ravaged by AIDS, families and friends of the dying fought a public battle to find treatment and understanding.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived “as a weapon against not only the disease but the cruelty and bigotry that the disease exposed,” according to one of its founders, Cleve Jones. Today the Quilt (now more than 50 miles long, if it were laid out end-to-end) is a handmade testament to both the struggle of the early days of the epidemic and its continued impact today, as panels representing lives lost to the disease continue to stream in from all over the world. The Last One is a feature-length documentary that frames, through archival footage, verite scenes and interviews, the birth of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, it’s impact on politics, science and media, and finally, the quest to sew the last panel into the Quilt (“The Last One”), representing the end of AIDS. It is now not only possible, but realistic to imagine an end to stigma and an end to AIDS. It is possible to imagine a day when the NAMES Project can sew “The Last One” panel into The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Science has begun to articulate a new AIDS narrative: if we test and treat enough people globally, the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic can be changed and we will begin to end AIDS, and The Last One can become a reality. (Dir. by Nadine C. Licostie, 2014, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated)