Tribeca Film Festival’s showcase of powerful documentaries continued last night with the premiere of the HBO Documentary Film The Battle of amFAR.
Executive Producer and amFAR Chairman Kenneth Cole along with Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman lead interviews on the red carpet before the moving film played to an audience of hundreds.
The spectacular movie focuses on how one female doctor and one of the biggest celebrities in the world united together to launch the country’s first AIDS research foundation.
“amFAR has done heroic work over the years and continues to do so,” stated Director Rob Epstein. “Without the work of amFAR, Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Mathilde Krim we would not be as close as we are to finding answers that will lead to the cure. Hopefully that will happen soon.”
In attendance were guests Harry Belafonte, Uma Thurman, Anna Chlumsky, Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Dr. Ned Landau and many other supporters paying respect to the work of the organization and its leaders.
“I came to the screening today because almost from the very beginning I have been an activist with HIV and AIDS,” stated actor and singer Harry Belafonte. “Elizabeth Taylor used her calling as a celebrity to step into the place that most of America thought was unspeakable.”
After the screening a lively conversation was led by Kenneth Cole and included Dr. Mathilde Krim, Regan Hofmann and amFAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. Questions and answers focused on the stigma of the disease and how it can be as deadly as the virus. There was also a sense of hope that the captivated audience applauded to as both guests and celebrities were thanked for the support.
“People have nicknamed amFAR GlamFAR,” Epstein stated. “But that is not necessarily a bad thing. They have done a lot with that glam.”
The Battle of amFAR will air on HBO in December. For more information on the festival and the film visit www.tribecafilm.com.