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Dr. Kristen Ries, an infectious-disease specialist, arrived in Salt Lake City on June 5, 1981—the same day the Centers for Disease Control first published a report on what would become known as AIDS. By the next year, Ries would encounter her first patient with the disease. Because of stigma and fear surrounding both AIDS and homosexuality, Ries and her eventual partner, physician assistant Maggie Snyder, became the only medical professionals in Utah willing to treat the growing number of people with HIV/AIDS. These patients, facing certain death in the early years of the epidemic, often had to keep their status a secret or risk ostracism from their families, workplaces, and religious communities.

Chronicles of the AIDS epidemic have tended to focus on cities with large gay populations, like New York and San Francisco. Quiet Heroes instead reveals the impact of the disease on a less obvious, more conservative location—one that perhaps better mirrored the rest of the country at the time—as it shares the evocative story of these unheralded caregivers and their patients.

Sun. 1/21, 6:30 p.m., Wagner, SLC
Tue. 1/23, noon, Egyptian, PC
Fri. 1/26, 7:00 p.m., Holiday 4, PC

YEAR 2017

SECTION Doc Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 69 min

COMPANY Sentry Financial

WEBSITE http://www.vavani.media

EMAIL jaredruga@sentry.financial

PHONE (801) 913-0381

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Artist Bio

Jenny Mackenzie

Jenny Mackenzie is the director and producer of several award-winning films, including Kick Like a Girl, which aired on HBO and was nominated for an International Documentary Award. Her other films include Dying in Vein: The Opiate Generation,Sugar Babies, and Lead with Love.