HBO Documentary Films Presents:
Positively + Naked
85 HIV+ souls. No Clothes. No apologies
Premiers World AIDS Day 2006
Friday, December 1 at 7PM/6C
dir-scr Arlene Donnelly Nelson, David Nelson • with Spencer Tunick, Vinny Allegrini, Gwen Barringer, Mark de Solla Price, Shawn Decker, Elizabeth Perez, Barbara Kemper Powell, Julia Tripp, Ron Singleton, Sean Strub, Spence Sutton • 04/US HBO 36m 4/5
At a photo shoot by contemporary artist Spencer Tunick, a diverse group of participants share their HIV+ stories, creating an unsentimental portrait of life with AIDS in America today.
[...] a record of Spencer Tunick's photographic installation to mark the 10th anniversary of Poz magazine, filling a New York cafe with naked HIV-positive people. And the early part of the film seems to dwell mostly on America's obsessive paranoia of nudity--the participants are terrified of getting naked and feel the need to justify it at every opportunity. Then they're surprised when it turns out to be no big deal, and the film gets on with examining their attitudes. For many this is their first public statement of their HIV status, and the camaraderie between them is vivid--men and women, straight and gay, healthy and ill. When Tunick actually begins shooting, the film shifts into something startlingly moving. And the filmmakers artfully and sensitively close in on specific participants to tell their stories and hear their thoughts. Eventually, the film becomes a strong examination of how people deal with HIV, from their own reactions to the range of ways strangers treat them. In the end, this is both a lovely document of an event and a remarkably moving portrait of 85 brave people. (17.Mar.05) [link]