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Media Advisory

November 10, 2011

AIDS Vancouver presents touching documentary "We Were Here" to promote "Positive Change"


November 11, AIDS Vancouver Board Vice-Chair, Bradford McIntyre will open the commercial premiere of the documentary "We Were Here - The AIDS Years of San Francisco" sponsored by AIDS Vancouver at VanCity Theatre.

Bradford McIntyre, a long term survivor living with HIV since 1984, will introduce the feature length documentary "We Were Here" and share his own experience living with HIV. After the screening, Bradford will moderate a 20 min Q & A session with director David Weissman, via Skype.

We Were Here is the first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco, and how the city's inhabitants dealt with that unprecedented calamity. It explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all - the parallel histories of suffering and loss, and of community coalescence and empowerment. Though this is a San Francisco based story, the issues it addresses extend not only beyond San Francisco but also beyond AIDS itself.

"This clear-eyed and soulful documentary brings us inside the contagion in a way that is so intimate, so personal, you feel like you're hearing about these catastrophic events for the first time." -Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"In We Were Here, director David Weissman vividly captures the reality many of us faced in the early years of the HIV epidemic. Back then there was no support out there for people living with HIV and stigma was so vehement. People living with HIV/AIDS had to create grassroots networks to take care of one another; fight for treatments and human rights and educate the public to break down the barriers of stigma. Thirty years on we have come a long way in addressing these issues those generations before fought for. However, with over 33 million HIV infections worldwide, we must continue to act and support people living with HIV, by never faltering to advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness." reflected Bradford McIntyre.

"In We Were Here, director David Weissman vividly captures the reality many of us faced in the early years of the HIV epidemic. Back then there was no support out there for people living with HIV and stigma was so vehement. People living with HIV/AIDS had to create grassroots networks to take care of one another; fight for treatments and human rights and educate the public to break down the barriers of stigma. Thirty years on we have come a long way in addressing these issues those generations before fought for. However, with over 33 million HIV infections worldwide, we must continue to act and support people living with HIV, by never faltering to advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness." reflected Bradford McIntyre.

We Were Here is screening from November 11 - 17 at the VanCity Theatre presented, in part, by AIDS Vancouver's as part of their 'Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign'. (Nov. 1 - Dec 1); A multi faceted public awareness and education campaign aimed to galvanize the Vancouver Community around the red ribbon in support of those who are living with HIV.

What :             AIDS Vancouver Board Vice-Chair, Bradford McIntyre will open                          the commercial premiere of the documentary "We Were Here -                          The AIDS Years of San Francisco" at Van City Theatre. After the                          screening, Bradford McIntyre will moderate a 20 min Q & A                          session between the audience and Director David Weissman                          who will be appearing via Skype.

Who :             Bradford McIntyre, AIDS Vancouver Board Vice-Chair
                        David Weissman, Director "We Were Here" (via Skype)

When :            Friday, November 11 th , 2011. 6:20pm

Where :           Van City Theatre, 1181 Seymour St Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7

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Visit: Vancouver proclaims Red Ribbon Month in support of AIDS Vancouver's Positive Change Red Ribbon Campaign


For Media Enquiries or Interviews:
Ryan Bruce Levey
Vagrant Films Releasing and Publicity
416-843-5718
v_f_c_rb@yahoo.ca

Jessica Wood - AIDS Vancouver
Director of Development and Public Relations
AIDS Vancouver
(604) 696-4659
jessicaw@aidsvancouver.org

Fleur Cooper
Development and Communications Manage
r AIDS Vancouver
1107 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC, V6B 5S8
604 696 4657


About Bradford McIntyre

Bradford McIntyre - Positively Positive - Living with HIV/AIDS:
A long time survivor living with HIV since 1984, Bradford McIntyre announced publicly on national TV, on the Dini Petty Show, World AIDS Day, December 1, 1994; that he was living with HIV. Bradford is a dedicated and tireless advocate for enhancing awareness about HIV and AIDS. He has appeared on national television and radio, in numerous newspaper and magazine interviews and documentaries. Along with local, national and international speaking engagements, Bradford's articles on HIV and AIDS have been published in newspapers, magazines and on web sites around the world.

Even while managing his own challenging HIV related health problems, Bradford has committed to involve himself in many ways within the Vancouver, British Columbia community, nationally and globally. His global impact is shown through a comprehensive, informative website. Bradford's website Positively Positive-Living with HIV/AIDS (www.PositivelyPositive.ca), is designed to create awareness around the many HIV and AIDS issues and promotes messages of positive living with HIV. Since 1994, whenever possible, Bradford McIntyre has volunteered his time and energy to participate in HIV and AIDS causes.
For more information visit: www.PositivelyPositive.ca



About AIDS Vancouver

Well run and well managed, AIDS Vancouver opened its doors in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada and in response to the growing need for community health organizations to support individuals vulnerable to the epidemic.

Today, over 7,000 people from all over the world are annually accessing some form of service provided by AIDS Vancouver. AIDS Vancouver continues to respond to the ongoing changing and challenging health care environment of HIV/AIDS and is fully dedicated to grow and respond to meet the needs of the community we serve. AIDS Vancouver strives to keep our programming innovative and relevant.

Mission and Mandate of AIDS Vancouver

AIDS Vancouver exists to alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS through support, public education and community based research. www.aidsvancouver.org

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