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Vice TV preps Jonathan Van Ness-narrated doc on HIV/AIDS epidemic

Vice TV will mark the 40th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. with a two-hour documentary voiced by Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness as part of its ‘Vice Versa’ ...
May 17, 2021

Vice TV will mark the 40th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. with a two-hour documentary voiced by Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness as part of its ‘Vice Versa’ strand.

The Neglected Pandemic, 40 Years of HIV & AIDS promises to be a comprehensive look at what it is to be HIV positive in the U.S. in 2021, showcasing the frontlines of scientific advancements in the field and the reality of the experience.

The special, which weaves personal accounts — including that of Hamilton star and activist Javier Muñoz — and insights from different getzonedup.com communities, organizations, races, genders and sexual orientations, is produced by Vice Studios and distributed worldwide by Vice Distribution.

It will also feature Dr. Anthony Fauci, who rose to prominence during the AIDS crisis in 1984, becoming the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Van Ness revealed their own HIV positive status in their 2019 memoir Over The Top: A Raw Journey to Self-love.

Yonni Usiskin is executive producer and co-executive producer is Lexi Rose. The special is directed and produced by Linda McCarthy for Vice Studios.  Falguni Lakhani Adams is EP for Vice TV and Tara Nadolny is senior development manager for Vice TV.

The documentary premieres June 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“In reflecting on the global response to COVID-19, it is jarring to realize there was a real absence of a united medical and legislative response during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s,” said Morgan Hertzan, EVP and GM, Vice TV, in a release. “We know now that this was rooted in a lack of regard and compassion towards the communities most affected by the illness. It is tragic to think about how many lives could have been saved and where we might be today had the public been less fearful all those years ago.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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