Thursday, May 5, 2011
Cup of Hope by Kelly N Patterson
I wrote a short film, “Cup of Hope”, with the intention of “mainstreaming” HIV. I would like to share this 8-minute film with you, with hope, it may be used as a tool for public education and debate.
Film title: “Cup of Hope”
Written by: Kelly N. Patterson
Originally a one-act play, “Cup of Hope”, I re-wrote as a short-film screenplay. Rockland Productions produced and performed my one-act play, “Cup of Hope”, at several theatre festivals in Los Angeles of summer 2006. We made a production of the film in Atlanta, in May of 2007, for less than $10K—thanks to the generosity of Inman Perk Café and Coffeehouse (Atlanta location), volunteer professional actors (some personal friends of mine!) and crew, and a private donation from the producer, Philip Cope.
“Cup of Hope” is 8 minutes.
Log-line: White, “Gap” American, HIV+ woman decides to disclose her HIV status to a potential lover in a coffee shop. Best case and worst case scenario’s with surprise ending!
Intention: Back in the 80’s, the “usual AIDS suspects” were gay males, heroin junkies, sex workers, and hemophiliacs. Today, when you say “AIDS”—people assume black, poor, uneducated, “third-worldly”, “Africa”…but the truth is that is EVERYWHERE, EVERYBODY. I think the world needs to see white/Caucasian “Gap”/”Old Navy” educated people living with HIV/AIDS. This is my attempt to mainstream HIV.
The reality is that no HIV prevention campaign is going to work until the stigma and discrimination of HIV is eradicated. Not until people can disclose their HIV safely, confidently, to loved ones, neighbors and employers, and get the concern, care and practical support they need, will people openly get tested, adhere to their treatments, and openly protect themselves and others from HIV transmission. Again, I hope this film will be used as a tool for public education and debate.