New Film About HIV/AIDS Seeks Backers; Civic Duty Responds, Giving Life to Vital Project

A new real-life, short film portraying the reality of living with HIV/AIDS is being funded in part by Civic Duty, a charity cofounded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi. The film’s production team, including writer Armand Petri, appreciates the support which will help propagate their important message– that the days of equating an HIV diagnosis as a death sentence are over.

(PRWEB) April 14, 2014

Millions around the world have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, with a significant number of them living in the Los Angeles area. A new short film by Armand Petri portrays the significant challenges and more importantly the long-term success of many patients now under treatment and living with this disease. Entitled Undetectable, the poignant film is about an HIV-positive man and the multiple ways his life changes following his diagnosis. Donations to help produce and market this film are being collected on the crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo. The charity Civic Duty, cofounded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, is helping to fund the launch of the film.

“This film and its important message have been my life’s focus for some time now. At this juncture, it’s incredibly validating for me and the production team to receive the support and backing of long-time friends and philanthropic charities,” says Armand Petri, the film’s writer. “HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic with millions of sufferers. But much has changed since its discovery more than 30 years ago, it is now readily treatable and many patients enjoy normal lives for many years. It is my hope that Undetectable will communicate this new reality in a powerful, life-changing way. Thank you Civic Duty for supporting this film and the HIV-AIDS community at large.”

Undetectable (http://www.undetectablefilm.wordpress.com) depicts the surrealistic and spiritual journey of Adam, a young gay man living with HIV in Los Angeles. The poignant twenty minute short film follows Adam in his first year post diagnosis, showing the impact on his life and providing a twist ending that will surprise viewers. The main message is that HIV should no longer be considered a death sentence and that those in treatment can lead normal, functional lives. There is no longer any reason that the stricken should live in hiding, afraid of the social stigma, and struggling alone to cope with the diagnosis and its treatment.

Donations to help fund the film can be made at: http://igg.me/at/undetectable/x/5044285 .
Contributions will help:

  •     Cover production expenses such as equipment rental and transportation.
  •     Compensate the talented cast and production crew.
  •     Promote the film with marketing materials and a community outreach campaign.
  •     Submit the final work to five international film festivals for exposure and consideration.

Furthermore, everyone associated with the film is dedicated to fighting this horrible disease and is demonstrating that commitment by passing along 10 percent of all contributions to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, California.

Fans are invited to follow the movie on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/UndetectableFilm.

Civic Duty (http://www.civicduty.org) is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Dr. Michael Omidi. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Civic Duty does not accept monetary support, but instead encourages direct donations to the charities featured on the organization’s website. To get involved and help make a difference, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.


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