“The Last One” film about AIDS quilt

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    When:
    June 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    2015-06-30T19:00:00-07:00
    2015-06-30T20:30:00-07:00
    Where:
    Loft Cinema
    3233 East Speedway Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    USA
    THE LAST ONE, poster art, 2014.
    TUESDAY, JUNE 30 AT 7:00PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 • LOFT MEMBERS: $8
    PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES OR GROUPONS FOR THIS SCREENING.

    Co-presented by SAAF (Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation)Aunt Rita’s Foundation and The Loft Cinema

    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)

     

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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