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Project of the Day: HIV+ Men Retire to the Desert in ‘Desert Migration’

Project of the Day: HIV+ Men Retire to the Desert in 'Desert Migration'

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“Desert Migration

Tweetable Logline: 

The story of men who rolled back the stone of AIDS and came out of the cave, into the desert. Literally.

Elevator Pitch:

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?

Production Team:

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

Current Status:

In production.

For more information and to support this project:

Indiegogo Page

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