New Documentary about the 50 Mile Long AIDS Memorial Quilt

Spotlights AIDS Memorial Quilt; Reveals Progress, Setbacks and Hope in the Quest to End AIDS

Screen shot 2014-01-17 at 9.56.47 PMOfficial Selection at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Jan 30 – Feb 9) New York, NY, January 17, 2014 –  Red Thread Productions announced today the upcoming release of a new feature-length documentary with a fresh take on the iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt. The Last One, set to launch in late January, 2014, uncovers the birth of quilt and its impact on politics, science and the media.

Through activists like Cleve Jones, Patricia Nalls, and Julie Rhoad, the film explores the role the Quilt continues to play as a response to a disease that, while treatable for some, still affects vulnerable communities around the world.

“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,” said Nadine Licostie, Director of The Last One, and executive producer at Red Thread Productions.  “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 has led to 34 million infections worldwide, including 50,000 new cases per year in the U.S. alone.”

The quilt was conceived in 1987 “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. Now more than 50 miles long, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is a handmade testament to both the struggle of the early days of the epidemic and its continued impact, as panels representing lives lost to the disease continue to stream in from all over the world. The Last One frames the quest to sew the last panel into the Quilt, representing the end of AIDS.

“It is now not only possible, but realistic to imagine an end to stigma and an end to AIDS,” said Julie Rhoad, President and CEO of the NAMES Project Foundation. “It is possible to imagine a day when we 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.”

The documentary is an official selection at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival and is also nominated for the Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award for Documentary Film, for addressing a critical social and political justice issue. The festival runs from January 30 through February 9.

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6 Comments on “New Documentary about the 50 Mile Long AIDS Memorial Quilt”

  1. jerbearinsantafe January 18, 2014 at 8:46 AM #

    Reblogged this on JerBear's Queer World News, Views & More From The City Different – Santa Fe, NM and commented:
    I was there for the first showing of the quillt in 1987 and again in 1989 with a friend who is now on the quilt. This quilt contains panels memorializing and celebrating the live of my friends and the friends, lovers, husbands, wives, sister, brothers, mothers and fathers of so many people.

  2. paulakey245562841 January 18, 2014 at 2:59 PM #

    My comment appears to be missing

    • Melanie Nathan January 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM #

      It takes some time to moderate

      • paulakey245562841 January 24, 2014 at 1:38 PM #


        • Melanie Nathan January 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM #

          Whats misisng

  3. Tracy January 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM #

    My beautiful & sweet brother died of AIDS in 1994. Crazy to think- but as a gay man, he always practised safe-sex. His end came from a tainted blood-transfusion.

    The lawsuit was too hard for us. We had lost our son, bother, grandson, best friend. No one had the energy to fight.

    I love the quilt- I hope it ends- very soon.

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