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Content LA On Demand

Case Study: VICE VERSA: The Neglected Pandemic, 40 Years of HIV & AIDs

Content LA On Demand Session

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Session Information

Senior execs from VICE TV and VICE Studios take us inside VICE VERSA: The Neglected Pandemic, 40 Years of HIV & AIDS, a feature doc narrated by Emmy-nominated 'Queer Eye' star Jonathan Van Ness that takes a comprehensive look at what it is to be HIV positive in the USA in 2021.

In this Case Study we explore the story from concept to screen with those closest to the project and see exclusive footage.Through personal accounts, insights from different communities, organisations, races, genders and sexual orientations, VICE VERSA: The Neglected Pandemic, 40 Years of HIV & AIDS, will showcase the frontlines of scientific advancements in the field and the reality of the experience. Exploring the truth behind the statistics, viewers will be taken across the United States to meet those living with HIV/AIDS, such as Hamilton star and activist Javier Muñoz,
and the advocates fighting for better civil rights for the affected communities.

Jonathan Van Ness, who stars on Netflix’s Emmy award-winning series Queer Eye, revealed their own HIV positive status in their 2019 memoir Over The Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love in the hopes it would break the stigma surrounding the disease. Van Ness’ appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss their book and life with the illness earned a GLAAD Media Award for 'Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode.' Van Ness is passionate about using their platform and voice for change and has worked closely with Planned Parenthood and The Trevor Project on campaigns aimed at removing the shame and stigma that comes along with talking about sexual health.

“It made so much sense to partner with VICE TV on this project, as they are built around a mission to tell courageous true stories you won't see anywhere else told by authentic, first person voices” said narrator Jonathan Van Ness. “Living with HIV has changed my life and my outlook on the world. The HIV Social Safety Net in the United States does not serve people equally and being part of this mission to educate more people is something I’m honored to do.”

The special will also feature insights from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who rose to prominence during the AIDS crisis in 1984, becoming the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a position he still holds today. With a focus on the present, acknowledgement of the past, and an assessment of where we need to go, this powerful and timely film will see America move into a momentous period of change.

The two-hour special is produced by VICE Studios and distributed worldwide by VICE Distribution.

Speakers in this session

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Morgan Hertzan

Falguni Lakhani Adams

Yonni Usiskin

Bea Hegedus

Moderator Clive Whittingham