Synopsis:

As the frontlines of America’s HIV epidemic continue to migrate away from metropolitan centers – and invariably into territories least-equipped for battle – a funeral director in the heart of the South confronts an environment of societal shame and ignorance to ensure a dignified finality to those fallen from the disease.

About the Director(s):

Brian Bolster: Brian grew up in suburban Boston, MA before attending and graduating from the film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short documentary films have screened at over seventy international film festivals including Sundance, Full Frame, Outfest, Slamdance, AFI Docs, and have also been distributed by The Atlantic Video, Aeon Video, and United Airlines among other channels. His most recent film, "Departing Gesture," won the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Florida Film Festival. Other awards include the New Hampshire Film of the Year at the 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival for his short film, "Winters Watch," and Best Director at the 2016 Tacoma Film Festival for his documentary, "The Tricks List." In 2014, his short documentary "One Year Lease" won the award for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and was a Cinema Eye Honors 2015 nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking and was a finalist for The Wrap’s Online Short List Film Festival in 2015.

Jonathan Napolitano: Jonathan Napolitano was born in 1986 and started making films in 2012. Since then his films have been exhibited at Academy Award-Qualifying film festivals around the world including, Tribeca Film Festival, AFI DOCS, Slamdance Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest and Seattle International Film Festival. Additionally, his works have been published by The Atlantic and PBS. His films THE CAROUSEL (2016), FIG’S REPRESENTATION (2017) and LANDING ON AIRWAVES (2019) were highlighted as a “Staff Pick” by Vimeo's curation team. Jonathan is currently working on his first feature film. He lives in Connecticut with his 3 cats and filmmaking partner (and wife), Kayleigh Rose."

Awards:

- Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
- Florida Film Festival (Winner, Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary)
- AFI Docs