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How To Survive A Plague
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An award-winning film story about the inspiring young people who created the most powerful social movement of our time, saving their own lives & millions more.
An award-winning film story about the inspiring young people who created the most powerful social movement of our time, saving their own lives & millions more.

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Here's a beautiful trailer the talented people at Independent Lens made for the new season on PBS. What an honor to be in this amazing lineup. Remember to mark your calendar: Our US television premiere is on December 30th! 

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Okay folks, if you're one of our fans, if How To Survive A Plague moved and affected you, please take less than ten seconds to click on this link and vote for our film for the Audience Award at the prestigious Cinema Eye awards. Voting ends tonight at midnight EST, so don't delay! Vote now and send to your friends too! We'll get you back, we promise...http://www.cinemaeyehonors.com/audiencechoice2013

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Spencer Cox, a star figure in "How to Survive a Plague" and a hero to many, died this morning. He was just 44 years old. As an AIDS activist, he helped spearhead research on protease inhibitors and played a central role in bringing the drugs to market -- and saving 8 million lives. Over the years, he was a frequent and always brilliant source of mine, and a good friend.

In an outtake from my last interview with him, he describes what lessons he took away from the plague:

"What I learned from that is that miracles are possible. Miracles happen, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. I wouldn't trade that information for anything. I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know what'd going to happen day to day. I don't know what's going to happen next year. I just now, you keep going. You keep evolving and you keep progressing, you keep hoping until you die. Which is going to happen someday. You live your life as meaningful as you can make it. You live it and don't be afraid of who is going to like you or are you being appropriate. You worry about being kind. You worry about being generous. And if it's not about that what the hell's it about?"

- David France, 12/18/12

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+TIME calls How To Survive A Plague one of the 10 Best Movies they missed this year: "Even if you lived through this era, went to protests, wept over the AIDS quilt and believed yourself aware, director David France’s assured, seamless directorial debut, rich with archival footage, will teach you something about courage, dedication and the power of well-directed anger. How to Survive a Plague (a suitably dramatic title) is already cleaning up at major awards (Best First Film from the New York Film Critic’s Circle, Best Documentary from the Boston Society of Film Critics, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award) so we are way behind the curve on this one. But it’s never too late to say, see this movie." RT if you agree! 

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Want to listen to a great soundtrack and support AIDS activism? How To Survive A Plague's score by Superhuman Happiness, the "relentlessly creative" Brooklyn band featuring members of Antibalas, TV On The Radio, Iron And Wine, and The Phenomenal Handclap Band is now available on iTunes! All proceeds benefit the Student Global AIDS Campaign!!! Download it now!!

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After a day of great news and exciting events, we awake to this insanity - a Senator in North Carolina is trying to name a historic building in Raleigh after the bigoted senator Jesse Helms! SIGN THE PETITION BELOW to stop this from happening and share with your friends. "We, the undersigned, urge Congress to reject this idea and to recognize that it is morally wrong to reward intolerance..."

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How To Survive A Plague hung out with 4 people. <a class='ot-hashtag' href='https://plus.google.com/s/%23hangoutsonair'>#hangoutsonair</a>Annika Erickson-Pearson, Mike Day, Laurindo García, and Pete LePage

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.@BarackObama @RepHalRogers @Daniel_Inouye fund #PEPFARBlueprint in ur FY13/14 budgets! Will help millions #surviveaplague; bring #endofaids

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Wow! How To Survive A Plague beats out Beasts of the Southern Wild for Best First Feature at the NY Film Critics Circle Awards! Shocking news, we're very honored! Watch the film today on Google Play, Amazon Instant, and iTunes! 
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