SINGING POSITIVE, is a documentary that focuses on the San Francisco Gay MenÂ’s Chorus and its complex relationship with AIDS. This unique project was shot in two stages over a span of eighteen years.
In 1992, the San Francisco Gay MenÂ’s Chorus saw nearly half of its members afflicted with AIDS. The epidemic had an ominous and profound
resonance on this group of men. This initial film traces portraits of four chorus members Jim, Gary, Scott and Steven - documenting how each one related to the illness, to the stigma, to the music. The Chorus was more than just a second family for these men, it was a place to find a collective voice of affirmation at a time when gay rights and AIDS were only nascent parts of social discourse.
In 2009, we return to the Chorus. Current members watch the original documentary as a point of departure leading the film toward todayÂ’s questions concerning AIDS. How has the chorus membersÂ’ relationship to AIDS changed today? What are the new battles being fought in the gay community? Of the four original subjects only one is still alive today - his journey a powerful glimpse into the resilience of the human spirit, the human voice. Ultimately, the film explores the underlying endurance of the San Francisco Gay MenÂ’s Chorus, where fraternity and song continue to propel its members and its audiences forward, into the future.