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David France didn't set out to make a film about the AIDS crisis.  He didn't even set out to be a filmmaker.  On the afternoon before the Directors Guild of America Awards—for which he was nominated for his first documentary, "How to Survive a Plague"—France told me that the project (also nominated for the documentary feature Oscar) grew out of his feeling that a crucial chapter of the history of AIDS in America had been lost.  That story, he knew from personal experience, was one of activism and empowerment, one that had changed the United States forever.  France wanted to bring it back.  "A note in a bottle" An author and contributing editor for New York Magazine, France covered the science of AIDS as a young reporter living in New York City during the 80s and 90s.  As the years went on and he wrote about the advances »

- Jacob Combs

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