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THE GROVE


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THE GROVE


AIDS and the Politics of Remembrance

More Americans have been lost to AIDS than in all the U.S. wars since 1900. Yet few know about the National AIDS Memorial Grove, a seven-acre sanctuary hidden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and a testament to lives lost at a time when the stigma of AIDS forced many to grieve in silence. THE GROVE shows how a community in crisis found healing and remembrance, and how the seeds of a few visionary environmentalists blossomed into something larger than they could have imagined.

But the fight to remember takes on an unexpected dimension when stakeholders of the Grove seek broader public recognition through an international design competition, and a heated debate ensues about what constitutes an appropriate memorial for the AIDS pandemic. Thirty years after the first diagnosed cases of AIDS, how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss? And what does it mean to be a national memorial?  (2011, 57 min.)

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A heartrending work that provokes questions about the narrative of history and the intentions of memorials.
— The Independent Weekly

Director/Producer/Cinematographer
Andy Abrahams Wilson

Producer/Editor
Tom Shepard


Best Documentary Feature
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Official Selection
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Official Selection
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Official Selection
Frameline Film Festival

Official Selection
Atlanta International Film Festival


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Reviews


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Reviews


"Stunningly beautiful."
 – John-Manuel Adriote, Huffington Post

"A powerful tale...highly recommended."
 – C. Cassady, Video Librarian

"A nicely made study of the difference between a personal memorial and a public one."
  – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

"A terrific documentary [that] offers no easy answers on how best to memorialize the dead. But the film’s gentle, insightful approach is a fine place to start."
 – Greg Evans, Bloomberg Press

"Quietly but effectively makes the point that the AIDS epidemic itself is in danger of being permanently marginalized."
  – David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

"An intriguing and affective examination...a balanced narrative that allows the viewer to appreciate both sides of the issue without minimalizing either."
  – Bob Etier, Technorati

"For too long, AIDS was repressed, unspoken by authorities, unacknowledged by official bodies, and devastatingly underrepresented in all manner of public forums."
  – Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters

"A thoughtful and compelling examination of the complexity around loss and remembrance, with a surprising reach beyond the landscape of the National AIDS Memorial."
 – Jason Plourde, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

"Both thought- and emotion-provoking...a beautiful film."
 – Ken Eisen, Maine International Film Festival

"An awesome exploration of an overlooked landmark."
 – David Lamble, Bay Area Reporter

"How exactly to honour our dead is the question at the heart of the very polished THE GROVE."
  –  Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Beautifully communicates the tremendous losses of the early AIDS epidemic...a heartrending work that provokes questions about the narrative of history and the intentions of memorials." 
  –  Ashley Melzer, Independent Weekly

"An emotional, sometimes uncomfortable, journey through communal and individual grief, memory and representation." 
  –  Fred Swanson, Director, Gay City Health Project

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Credits


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Credits


Director/Producer/Cinematographer
Andy Abrahams Wilson

Producer/Editor
Tom Shepard

Executive Producer
Michael Weiss

Co-Producer
Regan Brashear

Post Production Supervisor
Renny McCauley

Associate Producers
Laura Green
Eve Morgenstern

Assistant Editor
Laura Green

Assistant Producer
Allie Duro

Consulting Producers
Paul Hufstedler
Tom Jensen
Jamie Ennis

Major Funding
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
California Council for the Humanities
Columbia Foundation
Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund
Wells Fargo Foundation
Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund
Small Change Foundation
Gill Foundation
  and hundreds of individual donors

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Honors


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Honors


Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Best Documentary

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Frameline San Francisco LGBT Film Festival

New Hope Film Festival

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Atlanta International Film Festival

GayCharlotte Film Festival

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

DocMiami International Film Festival

Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

DocuWest International Film

FestivalLife and Death Matters Festival

Sausalito Film Festival

Maine International Film Festival

Out Twin Cities Film Festival