After Louie, A Movie About AIDS Activism That Needs Your Support
Author: Ninette Murk
Saturday 2nd of January 2016 09:54:09 AM

Update: the crowdfunding project succeeded! The movie will be made!

Talented director and writer Vincent Gagliostro is working on his movie 'After Louie' and he needs your support for this, which is why he started a fundraising project on Kickstarter.

After Louie is a feature-length narrative film that explores the contradictions of modern gay life and history through Sam (Alan Cumming), a man desperate to understand how he and his community got to where they are today. 

As an AIDS activist and member of ACT UP in the 1980s and 90s, Sam witnessed the deaths of too many friends and lovers. Battle-wounded and struggling with survivor’s guilt, Sam now resents the complacency of his former comrades and derides what he sees as the younger generation’s indifference to the politics of sex and of death.

An unexpected intimacy with a much younger man, Braeden (Zachary Booth), challenges Sam’s understanding of contemporary gay life. Through this unconventional romance, he is forced to deal with the trauma that so informs his past, their present and an unknown future.

Vincent Gagliostro is a lifelong activist and artist. In 1987, he became an original member of ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), and chaired the Communication and Graphics Outreach group. New York Magazine (September 30,1996 issue) lauded him for his “in your face” graphics, “make no apologies” style, and cited him as one of the six most influential players in the gay community at that time. He is credited as a contributing cinematographer on the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, and his short documentary After Silence debuted at the 2015 NewFest.

Gagliostro’s distinguished career as an art director in the worlds of fashion and beauty includes work on three Prince music videos and an award-winning collaboration with Richard Avedon for Hush Puppies shoes. 

We think that this movie is very important, as it shows the work that already has been done in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the disillusionment of some of the older activists about their contempories and younger people losing interest in the issue and the new energy that's needed (including young activists who want to join us for the long run) to make sure we can finally end AIDS. You can support the making of the movie After Louie here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/afterlouie/after-louie-a-film-by-vincent-gagliostro?ref=email 

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