Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.
The story of men who rolled back the stone of AIDS and came out of the cave, into the desert. Literally.
After medications improved in the 90s, many HIV positive gay men realized their imminent demise may have been postponed.
Retiring to California’s Palm Springs was a viable decision. Health
services were great, housing was affordable, the gay population was
large, and the weather was fabulous. It promised a ‘Lost Horizon’ where
age, illness and sins were a thing of the past.
But being left to your own devices in a town where the sun always shines
exposes who a person really is. Traumatized, in recovery, without
friends or work, how do you make something meaningful grow in the harsh desert?
Daniel F. Cardone – Director/Producer
Marc Smolowitz – Producer (Oscar-nominated for The Weather Underground)
Austin Ahlborg – Cinematographer
Stephen Koncelick – Editor
About the Production:
“My partner suggested I make a film about what was right in front of me –
dozens of my friends, and thousands of people in the community who had
moved to Palm Springs after the devastation that HIV/AIDS had wreaked on
their lives. I was interested in how people deal with trauma,
especially when they are reminded of that on a daily basis. Every time
they take their pills, every time they wake up with some mystery ailment
or pain – they are reminded of what they’ve lost, what they’ve been
through and what they have still to go through.” — Daniel Cardone
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