Humanitarian Inspired Commemorative Party on March 13 to Celebrate Upcoming Documentary About Ground Breaking AIDS Activists Who Formed ACT UP!

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Producer/Directors Scott Robbe & Ellen Spiro extend an invitation to individuals, organizations and investors who want to support production of the film

Veteran film producer and director Scott Robbe and Ellen Spiro will host a night of music, food and drink during SXSW to inspire funding for the launch of their new feature documentary to be titled, ACT UP! (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), with Executive Producer Gus Van Sant (Milk).

The event, Sunday, March 13, 6 – 10 pm, is being co-sponsored by Austin Club “Rain on 4th” with live music provided by Allies. Partners are already lining up for the evening’s festivities and include the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (aGLIFF), AIDS Services of Austin (ASA), The Octopus Club, L-Style, G-Style and Equality Texas. Partners for the benefit will become beneficiaries of the Austin premiere of the film.

In the mid-80s AIDS began ravaging the gay community. The initial reaction was passivity, but a core group of courageous individuals became proactive and formed ACT UP! Gay men and women were both saving their lives and re-defining the meaning of protest in America. The result was nearly a 50% reduction in the cost of AIDs drugs and accelerated drug approval processes from the FDA that saved thousands of lives. This extraordinarily unique, grass roots campaign ensured that the face of activism in America would never be the same.

For the past three years, producer/directors Scott Robbe, Ellen Spiro, and Jerry Kolber have gathered research, videos, and documents, as well as rallied the support of key players in ACT UP! for the production of this ground breaking documentary. They intend to produce the project in Austin.

“While our gala will be an evening of fun and celebration, the underlying purpose is very serious,” noted producer Scott Robbe. “Gaining the funding to launch the production of this documentary has been a singular goal for Ellen, Jerry and me. I feel this is a chapter in our history that has not been properly chronicled. This film will change that forever.”

Also hosting will be Ellen Spiro, whose 2007 film named Body of War was awarded Best Documentary of 2007 by the National Board of Review.

Those wishing to attend the party should consider this an invitation to the event on Sunday, March,13, 6 – 10 pm at 5909 Lookout Mountain, Austin, TX, 78731. An "official after-hours party" following the benefit, will be held at Rain on 4th, 217B West 4th Street, from 10 pm to 2 am.

Cost to attend the party is $50 with a $25 discount for students and seniors. Funds will be used to support the production of the documentary ACT UP! All proceeds raised from ticket sales and donations are tax deductible.

Contact information:
Diane Bernard
The Bernard Group
512-413-6169
diane(at)bernardgroup(dot)com
http://www.bernardgroup.com

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