How to Make a Powerful AIDS Documentary: Talking to the Team Behind 'How To Survive a Plague'

How to Make a Powerful AIDS Documentary: Talking to the Team Behind 'How To Survive a Plague'
This weekend -- after a hugely successful run on the festival circuit -- "How To Survive a Plague" is hitting theaters. A chronicle of AIDS activism in New York, the film shows how a group of men and women fought against a homophobic establishment to help bring life-saving drugs to America. It's a remarkable part of American history that too few are aware of, and one that comes to theaters exactly 25 years after Act Up (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) -- the activist group at the core of "Plague" -- held its first demonstration. Shortly after the film's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Indiewire sat down with three New Yorkers pivotal to the film's existence: Director David France, producer Howard Gertler and Peter Staley, one of the primary protagonists in the film's narrative. A longtime journalist, France made his first foray into filmmaking with "Plague,
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