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Offline Jeff G

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Passeurs, the documentary .
« on: July 10, 2014, 01:32:15 PM »
Andy Velez has been in the trenches fighting for people with HIV from the beginning of the epidemic and still is working to this day to educate and make life better for all of us that live with this virus . Our community owes him a huge thank you for stepping up and making a difference in the course of this epidemic .

Andy was interviewed and featured in a documentary and I wanted to share it with you so that you can join me in thanking him for a lifetime of activism and service .
Below is a quote from Andy about the film .

The documentary is a portrait on an international level of people who have been involved in working in various ways in the epidemic for extended periods along with some newer faces like an activist from Nigeria whom I introduced to the director. Michael, who is out gay and HIV+,  had to flee Nigeria because his life was under threat. Africa, Europe, US (NY, SF, etc) are all represented.


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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 06:31:33 PM »
Thank you, Jeff. Very much.

The movie will premiere at the Melbourne International AIDS Conference. Releases elsewhere are not set at this point but there's talk of getting into festivals like Tribeca, Berlin and Sundance. Stay tuned.

I'm on the way to Melbourne tomorrow morning.

XOXO to all.

And thanks again, Jeff.

Andy Velez

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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 07:24:05 PM »
You are welcome Andy ... Have the best trip and come back with an update please .

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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014, 08:31:42 PM »
thank you andy      Read a interview you did  on the ACTUP oral history Project. what a amazing man you are. I have to wonder where our community would be without your voice and the voices of others who lead the way, no only on the social issues but also on the medical side of it. You courage and determination serve as a inspiration to all. Once again thank you for all you have done.                 
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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 05:00:01 PM »

Hope you are enjoying your trip down under.


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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2014, 06:28:46 PM »

How exciting!   I hope I can get to see this documentary.

Thanks again for your sustained efforts fighting for people with HIV.  I hope you have a great trip!  We'll be eager to hear all about it.



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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2014, 06:32:11 AM »
How awesome Andy.  Hope you have a fantastic trip.

thanks for being a front line man for so long.

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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2014, 06:05:51 PM »
Thanks, Andy.  For all your tireless work. 

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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2014, 04:31:00 PM »
Congratulations Andy! I too hope to be able to see the documentary. Thank you for all of your efforts, past and present!

Have fun on your trip but watch out for those Kangaroos!
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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2014, 07:25:20 PM »
Kudos to our dear Andy.  Have a great trip to Australia.

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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2014, 09:14:46 PM »
Sadly I won't be making it to this years IAC, I always catch up with Andy somewhere during that week, so I will miss out on seeing him again.

Have a great time Andy, I look forward to hearing all about it when you return.

Jan :-*
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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2014, 11:59:03 PM »
Just want to say hello to all. Meeting so many great community people here.  And one local, Richard Keene, who is on my Liaison team is so great to work with and an endless source of information. We have managed to fit in some walkabouts which won't happen once the actual conference gets going on Sunday.

At the National Art Gallery there is an eye opening and stirring as well as erotic and in your face exhibition of the work of David McDermitt , an Australian artist lost to AIDS, who was previously unknown to me. Wonderful that his work is being acknowledged in conjunction with the conference.

Love to all. Matty I wish we were going to meet while I'm here. xoxo

Andy Velez

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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2014, 02:16:06 AM »
That is awesome, it is beautiful down there. Keep us informed if/when it goes wider here in the states.

And dragging out my art history classes, my first declared major

What are the odds?

There is also a New York artist named David McDermitt, also positive, and still alive last I knew. A contemporary with Keith Haring, he did multimedia pop art portraits in 20s-30s costume.

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Re: Passeurs, the documentary .
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2014, 04:52:04 AM »
Spelling of David's surname is incorrect should read "David McDiarmid".


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