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New Film Documents the Founding of amfAR

A new film called The Battle of amfAR documents the creation of amfAR, which was founded in 1985 when Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim merged their two AIDS research organizations.

Alongside archival footage, the film features interviews with Dr. Krim; amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, the film’s executive producer; Dr. Mervyn Silverman, Director of Public Health in San Francisco during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, and longtime amfAR board member; Richard Berkowitz, gay rights and AIDS activist, and co-author of How to Have Sex in an Epidemic, the first safe sex manual; as well as many others.

The 40-minute Telling Pictures production is directed by filmmaking team Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman. Their other collaborations include Common Threads, The Celluloid Closet, and HOWL. The film was showcased and competed in the Shorts Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

A special screening of the film at the Tribeca Film Festival was held on April 24.  After the screening, Kenneth Cole moderated a conversation with Dr. Krim, global health consultant and amfAR Trustee Regan Hofmann, and amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost.

Interviewed at Sundance by GenConnect (see video below), Kenneth Cole discussed the film, his longtime involvement with amfAR, and his aspirations for the Foundation. “The progress that the organization has made has been so profound,” he said. “I just consider myself fortunate to play a role in guiding it and looking for ways to use and leverage its resources to creatively reach higher and accomplish more.”

For more information about the film, see the Telling Pictures page here.  

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Above: amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole discusses the documentary "The Battle of amfAR," which he executive produced, at the Sundance Film Festival. Thanks to genConnect.