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NYC World Pride Benefit Screening of “Stonewall”
June 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm
NYC World Pride Benefit Screening of Stonewall
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.