STUDlebrity – rise of the social celebrity

Studlebrity rise of the social celebrity Topher Dimaggio

What is a STUDlebrity?

Being famous for being famous is a phenomenon so ubiquitous that it’s almost no longer shocking. Ever since Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian showed up on the Hollywood scene as celebrities known almost exclusively for being rich socialites, thousands more are trying to gain notoriety despite having apparently very few skills–and they’re doing it using social media.

Canadian documentary filmmaker Charlie David explores the phenomenon of the chiseled gay males that are known as a STUDlebrity – guys who seem to make a career out of having impressive audiences on social media. We had the chance to meet Charlie David to discuss his new documentary Studlebrity, and his own personal beliefs about social media.

Q: Most recently you’ve been behind the scenes in director roles. What were your onscreen jobs in the past?

I’ve done on camera work since I was a teenager. In terms of openly gay roles, I was in Dante’s Cove–the first gay series on the first gay network in the U.S, Here TV. I also hosted a travel show on a queer network called Bump!. I’ve moved towards directing over the past 5 years, but I still act. I just appeared in a movie called Paternity Leave about a gay couple who get pregnant!

Q: It sounds like portraying gay characters in the media has been your passion. Did you have any gay actor or director role models growing up?

I didn’t. I grew up in small town Saskatchewan in the 80’s and 90’s when there weren’t as many LGBTQ people represented in the media. At the time, being gay was so closely associated with the fear of HIV that the thought of coming out was scary. It’s part of why being involved in these shows has been so rewarding. We’re trying to grow diversity in the types of stories we’re telling so young people have more examples of successful, healthy gay people. At this point, though, I think being gay is so widely accepted that it’s not a “big deal” in mainstream media anymore. Because of recent political developments, I feel like suddenly the floodgates are opening and so much of the stigma that used to exist has gone by the wayside.

Q: What compelled you to create Studlebrity?

I was curious about this whole “social media star” phenomenon. Technology is part and parcel of our lives now, and we can’t really escape it without ostracizing ourselves. In the old world, studios produced all the content for audiences. Now, we’re the producers and the consumers of content. It’s a new paradigm that we have to figure out, and what gear in that machine we want to represent. Technology is advancing more quickly than we are, and we have to play a bit of catch up when it comes to understanding our relationship with it. It’s a terribly exciting time.

Q: Some of the subjects in your film seem to turn their social media activity into a lucrative living. Is it truly a sustainable career?

It’s a profitable career for very few people. A lot of aspiring actors try to build up their brand using social media to get acting jobs, but it’s not a surefire way to make money.

Q: At one point in the film, there’s some suggestion that these gay “studs” are possibly helping younger gay youth come out. Would you say the subjects in the film could be considered positive role models?

Being able to see other happy, successful, openly gay men living their lives can be empowering to young people who are afraid to come out. Certainly, having more gays represented in the media, and on social media, is a good thing, although I can’t conclusively says every STUDlebrity is a great role models for teenagers. I personally don’t think the elements of gay life depicted in this film are all that attractive or positive, but it’s the truth, it’s happening. My job is to expose this phenomenon, to look at it and examine it, but not tell you what I think about studlebrities – that’s up to the individual.

Q: Your film explores the darker side of the Studlebrity…

Right, including the addiction to validation via social media which is pretty harmful. I think seeking validation is a natural human instinct, but it’s one we should be wary of. If your endorphins get going from seeing likes or comments, that’s a very precarious place.

Social media also unfortunately enables people to compare themselves to these highly curated images of other people’s lives. For vulnerable young people especially, these social media stars give power to that negative little voice that resides in us that sometimes says “you’ll never be that fit” or “you’ll never be that popular”.

Q: A psychologist, Doctor Laurie Betito, makes an appearance in the film and warns against some of these social media “dangers”. What are some important pieces of advice she’s given?

She certainly warns against posting nude photos, or photos in compromising positions and states of undress. Putting yourself out there in a way that could potentially taint future relationships, especially professional ones is a real risk. I personally think we can dial down the overt sexuality seen in social media. It cheapens us.

Q: What’s the best way to approach social media?

I think we need to curate who we follow in the same way we all curate what we choose to post. Follow people that give you a sense of joy and inspiration, not those that make you feel inadequate.

Q: What do you want the viewer of Studlebrity to come away with?

The best thing I can hope for is that people talk about it. You can dislike it or get angry about it or agree with it, but I feel I’ve accomplished my goal if it incites a conversation and even a bit of self reflection. If the audience can look at their social profiles and ask themselves “is this representation of myself something I feel good about?” then I feel the film has served a purpose.

Q: What films can we expect to see in the near future?

I have a sevearl new documentaries coming out. There’s Balls, which is about testicular health and how, as men, we relate to our balls from many different standpoints.

We’ll also be launching PolyLove soon which explores polyamory and non-monogamy.  I just keep following my curiosity! 

Studlebrity ou On aime les belles gueules

Entrevue: Charlie David

Être célèbre pour être célèbre est un phénomène de société tellement omniprésent que ce n’est plus scandaleux du tout. Depuis l’entrée hollywoodienne de Paris Hilton et Kim Kardashian, connues seulement pour être mondaines et riches, des milliers d’autres tentent d’acquérir une certaine notoriété en utilisant les médias sociaux et ce, malgré une dose minime de talent.

Le documentariste canadien Charlie David explore le phénomène des homosexuels au corps musclé qu’on surnomme les studlebrities, ces hommes qui semblent s’être créée une carrière par le seul fait d’avoir amassé un nombre impressionnant d’amateurs sur les médias sociaux. Nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer Charlie David et de discuter de son nouveau documentaire Studlebrity et de ses opinions à propos des médias sociaux.

Plus récemment, on vous retrouve derrière la caméra en tant que réalisateur. Quels ont été quelques-uns de vos rôles à l’écran?

J’ai travaillé en tant qu’acteur de puis mon adolescence. En terme de rôles ouvertement gais, j’ai joué dans Dante’s Cove qui était la première série gaie sur Here TV, première chaîne gaie aux États-Unis. J’ai aussi animé une émission de voyage sur une station queer appelée Bump!. Je me suis orienté vers la réalisation dans les cinq dernières années, mais je joue encore la comédie. Je viens d’apparaître dans un film intitulé Paternity Leave à propos d’une couple homosexuel qui attend un enfant!

On dirait qu’interpréter des personnages homosexuels dans les médias est une de vos passions. Étant jeune, y avait-il des acteurs ou réalisateurs homosexuels qui vous servaient de modèle?

Il n’y en avait pas. J’ai grandi dans une petite ville de Saskatchewan dans les années 80 et 90 et il n’y avait pas autant de gens LGBTQ représentés dans les médias. À l’époque, être gay était si étroitement associé à la peur du VIH que l’idée de s’afficher publiquement était effrayant. C’est en grande partie pour cette raison qu’être impliqué dans ces émissions s’est avéré être si gratifiant. Nous tentons de diversifier le genre d’histoires que nous racontons pour que les jeunes aient plus d’exemples de personnes homosexuelles qui réussissent dans la vie et sont en santé. Je pense aussi qu’être gai est accepté à un point tel que ce n’est plus la mer à boire dans les médias grand public. Grâce aux récents événements politiques, j’ai l’impression que tout d’un coup les vannes sont ouvertes et que beaucoup des préjugés qui existaient ont été enfin délaissés.

Qu’est-ce qui vous a inspiré à créer Studlebrity?

J’étais vraiment intrigué par cet espèce de phénomène de « vedette des médias sociaux ». La technologie fait maintenant part entière de nos vies et il est pratiquement impossible de l’éviter sans pour autant s’ostraciser. Auparavant, les studios produisaient tout le contenu disponible à l’audience alors que de nos jours, nous sommes à la fois les producteurs et les consommateurs du contenu. C’est un nouveau paradigme que nous devons définir, tout comme le rôle que nous voulons y jouer. La technologie avance plus rapidement que nous le faisons et nous devons rattraper ce retard pour comprendre la relation que nous entretenons avec elle. C’est une période extrêmement passionnante.

Quelques-uns des sujets de votre film semble réussir à avoir leur présence sociale en une occupation lucrative. Est-ce vraiment une carrière durable?

C’est une carrière rentable pour très peu de gens. Beaucoup d’acteurs en herbe essaient de cultiver leur identité d’artiste en se servant des médias sociaux pour obtenir des rôles, mais ça n’est pas une façon automatique de faire de l’argent.

À un moment durant le film, la suggestion est émise que ces beaux mecs gais aident possiblement la jeunesse gaie à s’afficher. Diriez-vous que les sujets du film peuvent être considérés comme des sont des modèles positifs?

De pouvoir voir d’autres hommes à la fois ouvertement gais, heureux et accomplis peut être très motivant pour les jeunes qui veulent annoncer leur homosexualité. Il est certain qu’avoir une visibilité médiatique plus grande pour les homosexuels est une bonne chose, mais je ne peux affirmer que toutes les studlebrities soient de bons modèles pour les adolescents. Personnellement, je ne pense pas que tous les éléments de la vie gaie présentés dans le film soient très attrayants ou positifs, mais c’est la vérité, ça arrive. Mon travail est d’exposer ce phénomène, de l’observer et de l’examiner, mais pas de vous dire ce que je pense des studlebrities – la tâche revient à chacun.

Votre film explore le côté sombre de la Studlebrity…

Exactement, incluant la dépendance très néfaste à la validation à travers les médias sociaux. Je pense que rechercher de la validation est un instinct humain naturel, il faut parfois s’en méfier. Si vos endorphines s’emballent à voir des « j’aime » ou des commentaires, c’est très précaire comme situation.

Les médias sociaux permettent aux gens de se comparer avec des images savamment étudiées de la vie d’autres personnes. Pour des jeunes vulnérables, ces vedettes des médias sociaux donnent du pouvoir à la petite voix négative à l’intérieur de nous qui parfois nous dit « tu ne seras jamais aussi en forme » ou « tu ne seras jamais aussi populaire ».

La psychologue Dr. Laurie Betito fait une apparition dans le film et met en garde contre les dangers des médias sociaux. Quels sont quelques-uns des conseils importants qu’elles a donnés?

Elle met en garde contre le fait d’afficher des photos nues ou prises des positions compromettantes. S’exposer de cette façon peut potentiellement entacher des relations futures, celles professionnelles sont particulièrement à risque. Je pense qu’il est possible de diminuer le niveau de sexualité flagrante dans les médias sociaux. Ça nous discrédite.

Quelle est la meilleure façon d’approcher les médias sociaux?

Je pense qu’on doit porter la même attention aux gens que nous choisissons de suivre qu’à celle dont on fait preuve en choisissant ce qu’on affiche. Suivez des gens qui vous apportent de la joie et vous inspirent, et non ceux qui vous font sentir inadéquats.

Qu’aimeriez-vous que l’audience de Studlebrity retire du film?
Ce que je peux espérer de mieux est que les gens en parlent. Vous pouvez ne pas aimer, en être vexé, ou à l’inverse être d’accord, mais je pense que j’aurai atteint mon but si le film provoque une discussion et peut-être même une réflection interne. Selon moi, si les membres de l’audience regardent leurs profils sociaux et se demandent si cette représentation de leur personne est quelque chose qui les fait se sentir bien ou pas, le film aura servi à quelque chose.

Quels films peut-on attendre dans un futur proche?

J’ai un nouveau documentaire qui prendra l’affiche intitulé Balls. C’est à propos de la santé testiculaire et des différentes facettes de la relation qu’ont les hommes envers leurs couilles.

 

Written by Mikela Jay for NeverApart.com

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Positive Youth documentary

The film follows four HIV positive youth as they confront the challenges of life, love, dating and the pursuit of happiness in the face of the virus.

HIV POSITIVE YOUTH DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A SHOCKING NEW REALITY

The film follows four HIV positive youth as they confront the challenges of life, love, dating and the pursuit of happiness in the face of the virus. First identified in the United States in 1981, HIV has become one of the world’s most widespread pandemics. Wrongly labeled a “gay plague” in its early days, this non-discriminating virus affects more than 41 million people across the globe, regardless of their sex, orientation or socio-economic status. But what is it like to be a millennial HIV Positive Youth of today?

Positive Youth gay film

With huge leaps being made in vaccine research and the development of drugs that significantly reduce transmission, there is now new hope for those living with HIV. However, public and political complacency, as well as a lack of education, still foster an environment shaped by the fears and stigmas born in the AIDS panic of the 1980s.

In an effort to change these perceptions, LOGO TV’s documentary “Positive Youth” shines a light on the new reality of living HIV+. The film follows four dynamic youth, ages 18 to 27 who are either infected or affected by HIV. Proving that the next generation is not backing down, the subjects offer an uncensored look into the challenges of dating, living and loving with HIV.

“I felt there was a huge disconnect in the public with the advancements in HIV medicine and the affliction by the general population,” said the film’s director, Charlie David. “We made this documentary to educate those who know little of HIV, to shed light on the rise of HIV infection among today’s youth and to give inspiration to people living with HIV that they are not alone, nor should be seen as a danger to society.”

Each of the four subjects feature a dynamic perspective on the reality of living positive today: a straight 18-year-old First Nations woman living in an impoverished rural town, a gay 25-year-old white urbanite, a 23-year-old African American YouTube figure and a 27-year-old club kid jet-setter.  Medical and psychological experts also weigh in to provide up-to-date facts and a historical context to the reality of living positively.

“Thirty years after the discovery of HIV, we now have the tools to turn this pandemic around. It is important to understand that medication is a key part of prevention,” said film subject and Arizona native Austin Head. “In my case, the medication I take, made by Gilead, has reduced the virus in my system to undetectable levels and eliminated nearly all possibility of transmission to a loved one. There are still a lot of people who don’t know they have options and participating in the film provided me a great chance to share that story.”

Whoopi Goldberg (The View),This is a very important documentary, this isn’t over and it’s affecting our youth.

Sir Elton JohnBy all means, take a look at this film.”

 WATCH POSITIVE YOUTH on your favorite platform.

   

Positive Youth is a one hour documentary which follows four HIV positive youth (late teens to 27) in four different N. American cities in cinéma vérité style.

Growing up in the 1980s and 90s we were hammered with terrifying statistics of HIV/AIDS. Thirty years in, we are still learning. What education do youth receive now and why is the youth infection rate still the highest?

We have seen retrospective documentaries on the AIDS crisis and interviews with survivors but what about the positive youth of today? We aim to feature accessible and inspirational individuals and the often-rocky road that they’ve traveled to get here.

Each of the four subjects have been selected to create a dynamic perspective on the reality of living positive today. Medical and psychological experts weigh in to provide up-to-date facts and a historical context to the reality of living positively.

In life we are inherently afraid of the unknown: of death. Positive Youth shows this in action by exploring the social stigma these young people must rise above each day.

The main conflict will lie with our audience. We intend to have our subjects, and our audience answer difficult questions about their own level of discrimination when it comes to HIV/AIDS. Ultimately we want the audience to feel educated with a new sense of empathy and understanding for positive people.

Vancouver, Toronto, Orlando, Phoenix, New York, Victoria – a straight 18-year-old economically challenged Indigenous woman, a gay 25-year-old white urbanite, a 27-year-old club kid jet-setter, and a black 23-year-old young man.  HIV does not discriminate.

For the first time, HIV Positive Youth open their homes and hearts to us – offering a no holds barred access into their lives.

 WATCH POSITIVE YOUTH on your favorite platform.

       

 

HIV Positive Youth - Rakiya Larkin

Following in her mom’s footsteps: 18-year-old Rakiya Larkin

“Without her strength I would not be who I am today; I cannot imagine life without her. Her strength and love radiates off of her,” says Rakiya Larkin of her mother, Kecia. Although Rakiya has grown up HIV-negative she has become a strong community activist, encouraged by her mother, friends and family.

For the past eleven summers, she has attended Camp Moomba, a camp for kids affected by or living with HIV. This summer Rakiya took on the role of a counselor – a leadership position that she takes very seriously. “I have realized, overall, I cannot save everyone at camp nor can I make sure that everyone is taking their medication. What I can do is support everyone to the best of my ability – and hope that they are loving life and enjoying themselves to the best of their ability.”

“We should have a voice in making the world a better place: we have the knowledge and the skills to change the outcome for future generations,” she says. This message is echoed through Larkin’s own life path and choices: in July 2010, she was crowned Miss Victoria Island. Being an inspiration to future generations is a gift she learned from her mother.

When asked what message she would like to give HIV+ teens of today, Rakiya says, “Take advantage of the one life you have; you not only hurt yourself when you don’t take your medications and take care of yourself, you hurt everyone around you who loves you. All I have to say is that I love you, never give-up on yourself and trust that at the end of the day everything will be all right. Have faith.”

HIV Positive Youth - Austin Head

Club Kid Extraordinaire – Austin Head

Austin Head has achieved distinction by succeeding in his performance art at every step of development with a mission to bring something unique and innovative to entertainment. Beginning in Phoenix, Arizona, Austin quickly became popular with his song Label Whore which manifested into a four day music video release event drawing 3000+ people to the largest bars in Phoenix.

Austin Head has been featured in countless publications and newspapers, heard performing live over the air-waves, and seen performing at the biggest nightclubs in the country.

Austin Head has now relocated to New York City to build upon everything Phoenix has given him. After only a brief time in NYC, Austin Head has now become a bi-coastal entertainer, musician and DJ working along side NYC’s top talent. Upon discovering he is HIV+ Austin began the dating website PositivelyFrisky.com as a safe and confidential place for positive people to meet.

 HIV Positive Youth - Christopher Brooks

 23, Black & Positive – Christopher Brooks

I am HIV positive, and I don’t blame anybody for it — not myself or anybody else.

We are encouraged to think about prevention and transmission in terms of responsibility. Someone must be at fault. Culturally, we hunt for secret villains. Today’s “down low” black man is but the latest boogeyman at which we’ve pointed our fingers — the latest of the so-often racialized monsters at which we can direct HIV blame rather than have honest conversations about sex and relationships.

HIV disproportionately affects African Americans, regardless of sexuality. They account for half of the people living with HIV/AIDS, but just 13 percent of the overall U.S. population. Studies also suggest African Americans are least likely to know their HIV status, with the youth being less aware. Similar patterns exist among men who have sex with men, of all races. No talking and no testing, just finger pointing.

Christopher is not one to point fingers – he is an outspoken advocate with his own Youtube channel called TheRedLife where he publicly discusses his journey of living positive and answers questions from his followers.

 EXPERT WEIGH-IN

HIV Positive Youth - Dr. Frank Spinelli

 

Dr. Frank Spinelli is the former Clinical Director of HIV Services at New York City’s Cabrini Medical Center. Today, he serves the community in a more comprehensive capacity as a board certified internist, with a large HIV Positive Youth and gay men’s health private practice in Manhattan.

Dr. Spinelli is also an Associate Clinical Professor of New York Medical College.

Dr. Spinelli is the monthly healthcare columnist for The Advocate, the oldest continuing gay publication in the United States and the host of Ask the Doctor on Advocate.com. He appears regularly on Sirius radio’s top-rated Morning Jolt with Larry Flick. Dr. Spinelli maintains a full lecture schedule where he is able to speak on gay men’s health and HIV Positive Youth.

HIV Positive Youth - Dr. Silvia Guillemi

Dr. Silvia Guillemi is the Director of the Clinical Education and Training program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She also works as the Clinical Coordinator in the John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC), a collaboration between the BC Centre for Excellence and Providence Health Care.

 

 HIV Positive Youth - Neil Giuliano Photo by Tom Tingle|The Republic

Former GLAAD President and CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Neil Guiliano.

“Hope is important, and one has to see, feel and communicate it well to be an effective leader of any cause or movement. Every day, I have the privilege of being inspired by our HIV Positive Youth clients who are responding to HIV/AIDS with honesty, integrity and grace. That gives me enormous hope. Thinking beyond our clients, we live in an age where the line between prevention and care has blurred, and scientific advances in testing and treatment have the promise to accelerate prevention efforts. That presents great hope. It also seems to me that the biomedical interventions cannot happen in a vacuum—they will require practical application to be effective. That opportunity presents great hope.

And we must eliminate the stigma that stands in the way of effective HIV prevention, testing and care without regard to age, race, sexual orientation, gender or socio-economic status. That is both a challenge and an opportunity to which I believe we will rise. I am hopeful our culture is evolving in ways that we can be more effective in this regard. So yes, I choose hope over despair, advancement over apathy, determination over defeat. I see it, I feel it, and will communicate it as best I am able. And I am confident that our mutual capacities and work together will defeat HIV/AIDS.”

CAMERA

 HIV Positive Youth Nico Stagias - Director of Photography

Positive Youth was filmed on location in Vancouver, Victoria, Phoenix, New York City, Orlando and Toronto with the use of High-Definition cameras to maximize the visual impact of the film.   The film is void of a host or narrator instead opting for the subjects telling their own stories in a cinéma vérité style.  The director of photography is Nico Stagias, pictured above.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Our target audience is primarily viewers aged 16 to 49. Our mandate is to show HIV/AIDS as a disease that ripples through every human community – including HIV Positive Youth. Certain populations are disproportionately affected – namely gay men, economically depressed communities, and in N. America our First Nations, Black and Latino populations. We have focused our story on youth 25 years and younger and believe our story will resonate specifically with mothers.

The success of Border2Border Entertainment’s other films on VOD & SVOD digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand, Vimeo, Vudu, Hulu, Google Play and Netflix has proven that online distribution can provide a significant source of revenue for both narrative and documentary films. Our narrative and documentary features have played at both LGBT and mainstream film festivals around the world. They have also played on an array of TV networks as diverse as Out TV Canada and LOGO to Showtime, HBO Canada, Movie Central, The Movie Network and Sundance Channel.  Positive Youth has likewise crossed over into mainstream media.

EDUCATIONAL

POSITIVE YOUTH is an excellent springboard tool for panel discussion with local youth groups and HIV/AIDS resource and support centers.

Positive Youth is distributed for universities, libraries and educational institutions in the USA through Films Media Group.

2012 – University screenings at Brown (Providence, R.I.) and Concordia (Montreal, Quebec)

2012 – Saskatchewan Provincial high school tour with Sunrise Health Region

2015 Witts University, Johannesburg South Africa

2013  Wolfsonian Museum  Miami, USA

FILM FESTIVALS

  • United States Mar 30, 2012 (Phoenix International Film Festival)
  • United States May 10, 2012 (Sacramento, California)
  • United States May 19, 2012
  • Canada May 20, 2012 (Toronto Inside Out Film Festival)
  • United States May 31, 2012 (FilmOut San Diego)
  • United States Jun 1, 2012 (Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival)
  • United States Jun 2, 2012 (Q Cinema Fort Worth Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival)
  • United States Jun 8, 2012 (Wolfsonian Museum)
  • United States Jun 16, 2012 (FRAMELINE San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival)
  • United States Jun 20, 2012 (DVD premiere)
  • United States Jul 10, 2012 (San Diego FilmOut)
  • United States Jul 14, 2012 (Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
  • United States Jul 21, 2012 (Cincinnati GLBT Film Festival)
  • United States Jul 25, 2012 (CNKY Scene Film Festival)
  • United States Jul 29, 2012 (Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
  • United States Aug 17, 2012 (Louisville LGBT Film Festival)
  • Canada Aug 25, 2012 (Out On Screen Vancouver International Film Festival)
  • United States Sep 8, 2012 (North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
  • United States Sep 12, 2012 (Outflix International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
  • United States Sep 28, 2012 (Portland LGBT Film Festival)
  • United States Oct 8, 2012 (Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
  • Canada Oct 10, 2012 (Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival)
  • United States Oct 10, 2012 (Atlanta Out On Film Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
  • United States Oct 11, 2012 (Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – Three Dollar Bill Cinema)
  • Canada Oct 12, 2012 (Reel Pride Film Festival)
  • United States Oct 18, 2012 (Brown University)
  • United States Oct 18, 2012 (Seattle International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival)
  • Spain Nov 1, 2012 (LesGaiCineMad)
  • United States Nov 11, 2012 (Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival)
  • China Nov 17, 2012 (Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival)
  • Canada Dec 1, 2012 (Fredericton, New Brunswick)
  • Canada Dec 1, 2012 (Hamilton)
  • Canada Dec 1, 2012 (Image+Nation Montreal Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
  • Serbia Dec 8, 2012 (Belgrade Queer Film Festival)
  • United States Jan 25, 2013 (Out in the Desert LGBT Festival)
  • Canada Feb 8, 2013 (Kingston ReelOut Queer Film and Video Festival)
  • India Feb 24, 2013 (Bangalore Queer Film Festival)
  • Canada Feb 26, 2013
  • Israel Jun 15, 2013 (Tel Aviv GLBT Film Festival)
  • Bolivia Nov 22, 2013 (Santa Cruz Festival Iberoamericano de Cine)
  • Ecuador Nov 24, 2013 (El Lugar sin Limites)
  • Spain Nov 24, 2013 (Seville European Film Festival)
  • Italy Dec 12, 2013 (Festival di Napoli)
  • Belgium Mar 6, 2014 (Tel Quels International Film Festival)
  • Canada May 1, 2014 (Ottawa LGBT Film Festival)
  • India May 23, 2014 (Kashish Mumbai Gay & Lesbian Film Festival)
  • Taiwan Sep 26, 2014 (Taipei International Documentary Festival)

MEDIA QUOTES & AWARDS

Whoopi Goldberg (The View) recently stated, “This is a very important documentary, this isn’t over and it’s affecting our youth.

Sir Elton John “By all means, take a look at this film.”

BEST DOC – Film Out San Diego
BEST SHORT DOC – Scene CNKY Film Festival

POSITIVE YOUTH is an excellent springboard tool for panel discussion with local youth groups and HIV/AIDS resource and support centers.

READ THE INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR CHARLIE DAVID to discover the most challenging parts of making this documentary.

 WATCH HIV POSITIVE YOUTH on your favorite platform.

   

 

 

 

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