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NYC World Pride Benefit Screening of STONEWALL
June 22 @ 7:30 PM$20.00
NEW YORK, NY, May 29, 2019. – Research Foundation to Cure AIDS (RFTCA) will present a benefit screening of the 1995 film “Stonewall” as part of the weeklong World Pride celebration on June 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Dixon Place, 161A Chrsytie Street, New York, NY.
A panel discussion will follow, featuring film cast members Duane Boutté, Bruce MacVittie, Michael McElroy, and David Drumgold as well as international performance artist and writer Penny Arcade and Calogero Salvo, series producer/director of a four-part PBS program “Positive Life with HIV.” RFTCA President Kambiz Shekdar will moderate the discussion.
Limited edition “Stonewall” Stoli bottles issued by Stolichnaya Vodka Inc., a major RFTCA sponsor, will be available for signing by the film stars and the bottle label artist Lisa Maria Thalhammer. Complimentary “Stoli Cure Cocktail” will be served.
The film celebrates in drama and music the five-night June 1969 police riot and uprising at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, which is considered the spark that launched the LGBTQ civil rights movement.
“We knew the film was important when we made it 25 years ago,” says actor Duane Boutté,
“because it asks, ‘where do we go from here?’”
RFTCA believes that the next challenge is to cure AIDS. In 2007, a first AIDS patient was cured of AIDS. In 2019, news broke a second cured patient was cured by the same methodology, proving the cure was no fluke. The next step is to develop a safe and scalable cure that eliminates most of the risks, costs and complications that the first two patients faced. That’s where RFTCA comes in.
“Our mission to cure AIDS worldwide is an ambitious goal. Stonewall reminds us that working
together, we can achieve great goals,” says Dr. Kambiz Shekdar.
Media Contact: Robert Kroll – Tel. (510) 772-7690 – Email: cure@RFTCA.org
STONEWALL, THE FILM
Stonewall is a fictional account of the events leading to the legendary uprisings, lasting five nights. The film was shot in New York in 1994. The screenplay by British actor/writer Rikki Beadle Blair was inspired by a book of the same name by American historian and activist Martin Duberman. The film’s director, Nigel Finch (The Lost Language of Cranes), died of AIDS in 1995 during post-production. Stonewall was released theatrically in the U.S. and abroad in 1996 after favorable reception at Cannes and Sundance, and winning awards at festivals in London, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
The venue for the showing has been an artistic incubator since 1986. Dixon Place is a Bessie and Obie Award-winning nonprofit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature and visual art at all stages of development. It is the brainchild of Bessie-winning actress Ellie Covan. The venue presents over 1000 creators a year and inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks, generate new ideas and consummate new practices. Ms. Covan also won a New York Dance and Performance Award and a Bax10 Award for her service to the community. Dixon Place received two Obie Awards, and an Edwin Booth Award for Excellence in Theater. www.DixonPlace.org
RESEARCH FOUNDATION TO CURE AIDS
RFTCA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization was founded to develop a cure for AIDS that is accessible and affordable for all. In 2019, RFTCA obtained a perpetual worldwide license to cellular technology to research, develop and commercialize a cure for AIDS, making it the first and only charitable biotechnology venture to cure AIDS. The law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP and advertising agency Havas Health Plus represent RFTCA on a pro bono basis, and its Board of Directors includes scientists affiliated with The Rockefeller University. www.RFTCA.org