A new documentary is currently in production that explores the impact and legacy of the iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Originally conceived in 1987 as an attempt to bring visibility to HIV/AIDS and fight social stigma attached the the disease, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is now over 50 miles long. The documentary, titled "The Last One" and produced by Red Thread Productions, seeks to highlight how, despite the progress of HIV/AIDS activism, stigma still exists.
“This film tells the story of the people the quilt memorializes, and the individuals who have spent their lives speaking out against the stigma of the epidemic,” Nadine Licostie, Director of "The Last One" and executive producer at Red Thread Productions, said in a press release emailed to The Huffington Post.
“It also examines how, despite ubiquitous prevention education and treatment options, that stigma still exists. Discrimination, limited access to affordable care, and lack of social status have led to 34 million infections worldwide, including 50,000 new cases per year in the U.S. alone.”
Check out the trailer for "The Last One" above and head here for more information on the project's Kickstarter.
"The Last One" screens on Saturday, February 1, at 10 AM at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Sunday, February 2 at 4 PM at the same venue. Director, Nadine Licostie will be joined by Julie Rhoad, President and CEO of the NAMES Project at the Saturday screening.