From the onset of the AIDS epidemic, author Larry Kramer emerged as a fiery activist, an Old Testament-style prophet full of righteous fury who denounced both the willful inaction of the government and the refusal of the gay community to curb potentially risky behaviors. Co-founder of both the service organization Gay Men's Health Crisis and the direct action protest group ACT UP, Kramer was vilified by some who saw his criticism to be an expression of self-hatred, while lionized by others who credit him with waking up the gay community—and, eventually, the government and medical establishment—to the devastation of the disease.
As Kramer battles health complications stemming from years of fighting his own HIV diagnosis, filmmaker Jean Carlomusto weaves a rich tapestry from his countless media appearances and amateur activist footage, drawing viewers into an immediate experience of the frontline battle against AIDS, and forming a vibrant portrait of the still controversial figure. —B.T.
Jean Carlomusto's films are unorthodox investigative reports on subjects that have been all but erased from history. Carlomusto's current documentaries and interactive installations are the outgrowth of more than 25 years of work in the AIDS activist movement, helping to bring about positive change in the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In 1987, she began making documentaries for Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP, where she first met and worked with Larry Kramer.