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Recasting History: Reflections on HBO's The Normal Heart

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

My reactions to the HBO film of The Normal Heart are not much different from my reactions to the play. At what point do we begin to question the great and powerful Larry Kramer on his saying of TNH: "this is our history"?

Why 'Dallas Buyers Club' Represents A 'Problematic Re-Writing' Of LGBT History

Posted 02.06.2014 | Gay Voices

"The Dallas Buyers Club" might be garnering Oscar buzz in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, but not everyone is pleased with what they perce...

AIDS Awareness At The Oscars

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

It's awards season. Remember when you couldn't turn on an awards show and not see people wearing red ribbons? Well, David France's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague has brought AIDS back to the awards shows.

How Could the New York Times Screw Up Ed Koch's Obituary?

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 04.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Cutbirth

Love him or hate him -- and plenty of people did both -- former New York Mayor Ed Koch deserved better than he got from The New York Times on Friday. So did we.

"Do You Miss Me?" Asks Ed Koch as Friends and Foes Weigh His Legacy

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

I took this photo of a New York City subway stabbing, part of a wave of transit crimes that included Renee Katz, a flutist and student at the New York...

Sundance Filmmaker Talks Activism Through Movies

Erica Schlaikjer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Erica Schlaikjer

This post is part of Benevolent Media's ongoing coverage of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For more information, read "The Bene...

A Portrait of Activism: How to Survive a Plague

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.06.2013 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

It is impossible to watch David France's documentary, How to Survive a Plague, without considering the parallels of three decades ago to today's cultural and political landscape.

David France's How to Survive a Plague Reveals How 6 Million Lived Through the AIDS Epidemic

Justine Browning | Posted 11.27.2012 | Gay Voices
 Justine Browning

The archival-based documentary directed by renowned journalist David France manages to be moving, disquieting and gratifying all at once.

Finding the DNA of AIDS Activism

Suraj Madoori | Posted 11.26.2012 | Chicago
Suraj Madoori

In How to Survive a Plague, David France's new documentary on the history of AIDS activism, we find our activist movement reflected in a mirror that only time can provide. The images are striking, disturbing and incredibly moving.

ReThink Interview: David France and Howard Gertler, Director and Producer Of How To Survive A Plague, Respectively

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Kim

The new documentary How to Survive a Plague follows the rise and accomplishments of ACT UP, a political advocacy group that formed spontaneously in 1987 out of frustration and anger that both state and federal governments had done so little to address the AIDS epidemic.

How AIDS Activists Turned Anger Into Action

Kathleen Massara | Posted 02.10.2013 | Arts
Kathleen Massara

I cried like a baby when I first saw David France's new documentary, "How To Survive A Plague." I couldn't help it. The tears came rolling down my ch...

Why I Think How to Survive a Plague Is Going to be Huge

Mark Allen | Posted 11.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

If anything comes out of How to Survive a Plague, I hope it's inspiration to younger generations. I'm sure the film will be popular enough. I urge everyone to see it.

Movie Review: How to Survive a Plague

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Both gripping and wrenching -- not to mention thrilling -- David France's documentary, How to Survive a Plague, recalls a slice of recent history that is in danger of being lost.