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How to Survive a Plague ()


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The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 19 nominations.
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David Barr ...
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Bob Rafsky ...
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Jim Eigo ...
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Ann Northrop ...
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Gregg Bordowitz ...
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Bill Bahlman ...
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Spencer Cox ...
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Barbara Starrett ...
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Iris Long ...
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Franke-Ruta Garance ...
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Jesse Helms ...
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Derek Link ...
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Thomas Braden ...
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Ellen Cooper ...
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Susan Ellenberg ...
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Stephen Joseph ...
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John Joseph O'Connor ...
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Ray Navarro ...
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Joseph Vacca ...
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Michael Petrelis ...
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Ron Goldberg ...
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David Robinson ...
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John Mashek ...
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David Kessler ...
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Gregg Gonsalves ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Allen ...
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Matthew Ebert ...
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Directed by

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David France

Written by

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David France ... (written by) &
Woody Richman ... (written by) (as T. Woody Richman) &
Tyler H. Walk ... (written by)
 
Jonathan Oppenheim ... (story consultant) and
Jenny Raskin ... (story consultant) &
Stephen Winter ... (story consultant)

Produced by

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Dan Cogan ... executive producer
Ron Dodd ... research producer
Peter Farber ... associate producer
David France ... producer
Howard Gertler ... producer
Alan Getz ... co-executive producer
Chad Hahne ... associate producer
Jim Hubbard ... associate producer
Lindy Linder ... associate producer
Loring McAlpin ... associate producer
Woody Richman ... co-producer (as T. Woody Richman)
Jonathan Starch ... consulting producer
Joy A. Tomchin ... executive producer (as Joy Tomchin)
Stan Tomchin ... co-producer
Henry van Ameringen ... co-producer

Music by

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Stuart Bogie
Luke O'Malley
Arthur Russell ... (songs)

Cinematography by

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Derek Wiesehahn ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Woody Richman ... (as T. Woody Richman)
Tyler H. Walk

Editorial Department

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Jason Alarcón ... second assistant editor
Danny Caccavo ... digital editorial services
Daniel Cashin ... second assistant editor
Will Cox ... digital intermediate colorist
Noah Katz ... digital editorial services
Robert La Rocca ... assistant editor (as Robert la Rocca)
Matthew C. Levy ... second assistant editor
Dmitri Makarov ... digital editorial services
Angela Malley ... post-production coordinator (as Angela Flignor)
Jonathan Oppenheim ... editing
Sandy Patch ... on-line editor
Owen Rucker ... assistant on-line editor
Noriko Sakamoto ... editor: trailer
Elaine Saw ... first assistant editor
Caitlin Tartaro ... digital intermediate producer

Makeup Department

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Soula Kalamaras ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Yianni Tsapatori ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Amaka Anikwe ... production supervisor

Art Department

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Grant Nellessen ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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Marco Alicea ... digital audio transfer
Scott Brewer ... engineering services
Danny Caccavo ... digital editorial services
John Countryman ... video services
Stuart Deutsch ... production sound mixer (as Stu Deutsch)
Lora Hirschberg ... re-recording mixer / sound editor / sound mixer
Noah Katz ... digital editorial services
Mike Lane ... client services
Michael Levine ... digital audio transfer
Dmitri Makarov ... digital editorial services
Steve Morris ... engineering services
Shelly Napolean ... client services (as Shelly Napoleon)
Eddie O'Connor ... production sound mixer
Eva Porter ... client services
Topher Reifeiss ... production sound mixer
Ronald G. Roumas ... recordist
Mark Roy ... production sound mixer
Paul Ruest ... adr recordist: Argit Studios
Tony Villaflor ... assistant re-recording mixer

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Greg Reynard ... 3d animator: virus

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tony Arena ... archival cinematographer
Bill Bahlman ... archival cinematographer
Gregg Bordowitz ... archival cinematographer
David Buckingham ... archival cinematographer
Jean Carlomusto ... archival cinematographer
Andrew Chang ... archival cinematographer
Clayton Combe ... gaffer
Lauren DiLiberto ... best boy electric
Adolfo Doring ... additional camera
Axel Ebermann ... camera assistant / camera operator: "b" camera
David France ... additional camera
Vincent Gagliostro ... archival cinematographer
Carl Michael George ... archival cinematographer
Dylan Gordon ... additional camera
Catherine Gund ... archival cinematographer
Spence Halperin ... archival cinematographer
Robert Hilferty ... archival cinematographer
Bob Huff ... archival cinematographer
Babette Krolik ... archival cinematographer
Shraga Lev ... archival cinematographer
Lou Maletta ... archival cinematographer
Tim McCarthy ... archival cinematographer
Ray Navarro ... archival cinematographer
Costa Pappas ... archival cinematographer
Mary Patierno ... archival cinematographer
John Schabel ... archival cinematographer
Ellen Spiro ... archival cinematographer
Barbara Starrett ... archival cinematographer
Jerry Tartaglia ... archival cinematographer
Avi Weider ... gaffer
James Wentzy ... archival cinematographer
John Z. Wetmore ... archival cinematographer
Chris Wiesehahn ... gaffer
Steve Zabel ... archival cinematographer
Matt Zschoche ... gaffer
Phil Zwickler ... archival cinematographer

Music Department

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Miles Arntzen ... musician: drums/percussion
Eric Biondo ... musician: keyboard/vibraphone/percussion
Stuart Bogie ... musician: clarinet/saxophone/keyboard/flute/percussion / score producer
Caleb Burhans ... musician: violin/viola
John Carlin ... music supervisor: The Red Hot Organization
Felicity Chamberlin ... music coordinator
John Davis ... score mixer: The Bunker Studio A / score recordist: The Bunker Studio A
Béco Dranoff ... music supervisor: The Red Hot Organization
Hank Dutt ... musician: Kronos Quartet, viola
Ryan Ferreira ... musician: guitar
Scott Fraser ... music mixer: Kronos Quarter / music recordist: Kronos Quartet
David Harrington ... musician: Kronis Quartet, violin
Paul Heck ... music supervisor: The Red Hot Organization
Rubin Kodheli ... musician: cello
Matt Lilley ... music legal services: MCL Music Services
Topu Lyo ... musician: cello
Katherine Gordon Miller ... music editor
Luke O'Malley ... musician: guitar/voice/electric bass/keyboard / score producer
Dustin Reid ... music coordinator
Chris Saebo ... musician: double bass
Jared Samuel ... musician: keyboards/piano/bass/percussion/voice
John Sherba ... musician: Kronos Quartet, violin
Nikhil Yerawadekar ... musician: electric bass/keyboard/piano/percussion
Jeffrey Zeigler ... musician: Kronos Quartet, cello

Other crew

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Lili Abedin ... production intern
Yasmeen Ali ... production intern
John Block ... production intern
Josh Braun ... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainment
Elaine Chan ... production intern
Jane Cinsov ... production intern
Victoria S. Cook ... legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
John 'JR' Craigmile ... production accountant (as J.R. Craigmile)
Arielle De Saint Phalle ... production assistant
Alec Dupuis ... production intern
Richard Dworkin ... transcriptions
James Faller ... production assistant
Patricia Finneran ... outreach and engagement strategy: Veritas
Rashada Fortier ... production intern
Melissa Georges ... legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Hayden Goldblatt ... legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz (as Hayden M. Goldblatt)
Dylan Gordon ... production assistant
Valerie Keller ... outreach and engagement strategy: Veritas
Mike Lane ... client services
Adam Losi ... production intern
Erika Lucero ... production assistant
Chris Luperi ... production intern
Angela Malley ... researcher (as Angela Flignor)
Shelly Napolean ... client services (as Shelly Napoleon)
Grant Nellessen ... title designer
Maggie Pisacane ... legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Jenina Podulka ... production assistant (as Jenna Podulka)
Eva Porter ... client services
Kenn Rabin ... archival researcher
Sara Rafsky ... production assistant
Donna Reyes ... production intern
Chester Santos ... production intern
Cory Sivakoff ... production intern
Charles Tolbert ... legal services
Evan Tomchin ... production intern
Miranda Wheeler ... outreach and engagement coordinator / production intern
Nancy Willen ... publicist: Acme Public Relations
David Williams ... production intern
Sam Tankard ... intern (uncredited)
Ross Tipograph ... intern (uncredited)

Thanks

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Ortez Alderson ... in memory of
Charles Barber ... in memory of
David Conover ... in memory of
Keith Cylar ... in memory of
Mark Cyr ... the producers wish to thank
Robert Farber ... remembering
Dabid B. Feinberg ... in memory of
Mark Lowe Fisher ... in memory of
Robert Garcia ... in memory of
Jeff Gates ... in memory of
Doug Gould ... dedicatee
Thomas Hannan ... in memory of
Keith Haring ... in memory of
Larry Kert ... in memory of
David W. Kline ... in memory of
James Lyons ... in memory of
Ray Navarro ... in memory of
David Patierno ... in memory of
Howie Pope ... in memory of
Joseph Porrello ... in memory of
Bob Rafsky ... in memory of
Darrin Ramage ... in memory of (as Brain Damage)
Ken Ramsauer ... in memory of
Darrell Yates Rist ... in memory of
Vito Russo ... in memory of
Randy Snyder ... in memory of
Danny Sotomayor ... in memory of
David Stern ... in memory of
Joan Tisch ... honoring
Phil Zwickler ... in memory of

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Plot Summary

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, the disease was considered a death sentence affecting communities, like the LGBT ones, whom many in power felt deserved it. This film tells the story of how militant activists like ACT-UP and TAG pushed for a meaningful response to this serious public health problem. As the activists struggled against political indifference, religious hostility, corporate greed and apparently skewed scientific research priorities with determination and sheer audacity, they produced a political wave that would lead to not only an effective treatment regime, but would advance LGBT rights beyond anyone's expectations. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Also Known As
  • Cómo sobrevivir a una epidemia (Spain)
  • Egy pestis túlélői (Hungary)
  • Chetor az Yek Bala Nejat Payda Konim? (Iran, Persian title)
  • Cómo sobrevivir una plaga (Argentina)
  • Pionjärer inom AIDS (Finland, Swedish title)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $28,250, 23 Sep 2012

Did You Know?

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Movie Connections Featured in The Oscars (2013). See more »
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Quotes Larry Kramer: [addressing to an angry protester] Plague! We're in the middle of a fucking plague, and you behave like this? ACT UP has been taken over by a lunatic fringe!
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