March 1, 2013
Although the Oscar-nominated film "How to Survive a Plague" did not win its category during this year's awards, the story behind the documentary is destined for much broader future exposure. The American Broadcasting Company has optioned the rights to the film, which chronicles the story of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) during the early years of the disease in the late 1980s and 1990s, with plans to create a television miniseries. The work of ACT UP and TAG members at the height of the AIDS crisis during the 1980s enabled them to interact in crucial ways with scientists, researchers, and regulators. The film's director David France explains, "We know we'd like it to be an extended story that's not just about AIDS and what AIDS wrought but about this tremendous civil rights movement that grew from the ashes of AIDS and the dawn of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement."