Co-Directed by Tim Kulikowski and Ian Wolfley
United States, 2011, 5 min, Short Documentary, In English
PAWS explores the relationship between Richard, a spirited long-term AIDS survivor who’s weathered life-threatening illness and a year of paralysis, and his best friend—a playful dog named Dexter.
PAWS is one of fifteen short films in the feature-length compilation entitled STILL AROUND. See below.
STILL AROUND Short Synopsis
STILL AROUND is a feature length compilation of 15 short films about HIV/AIDS commemorating the 30-year anniversary of the epidemic in 2011. The film weaves a diverse slate of stories into one powerful video AIDS quilt of our times to paint an unmatched emotional portrait of how people thrive and survive in the face of long term illness.
STILL AROUND Long Synopsis
Commemorating the 30-year anniversary of the epidemic in 2011, The HIV Story Project, a San Francisco based film collective, commissioned and produced 15 short films that portray people living with HIV/AIDS from the San Francisco Bay Area - a region that has been deeply affected by the disease. The end result is Still Around, a feature length compilation that weaves a diverse slate of stories into one powerful video AIDS quilt of our times. From straight forward vérité documentary, to spoken words piece, dance film or experimental short anything goes. Each piece is 4-5 minutes in length and tells a personal story in a truthful and forthright manner.
Connecting 16 of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most established as well as emerging directors with 15 individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS, the voices of women, men, transgender, gay and straight, young and old, and of many ethnic backgrounds come together to paint an unmatched portrait of how people thrive and survive in the face of long term illness.
Frameline35: San Francisco LGBT Film Festival
Boston LGBT Film Festival
Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival
Seattle LGBT Film Festival
Bern Queersicht Film Festival
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Roze Filmdagen Film Festival
Out in the Desert Film Festival
AIDS Research Alliance of America
Central Nebraska CPG
Damien Albany Center
Arlington County Public Health Division
Desert AIDS Project
Urban League of Hampton Roads
How to Purchase
STILL AROUND is distributed worldwide by Outcast Films. Check out the page here.
Excerpt from PAWS
Executive Producers: Marc Smolowitz and Jörg Fockele
Associate Producer: Tim Kulikowski
Films directed by: Emmanuelle Antolin, Daniel Cardone, Leo Chiang, Deborah Craig, Robert Dekkers, Veronica Duport Deliz, Jörg Fockele, Stuart Gaffney, Amir Jaffer, Sade Huron, Tim Kulikowski & Ian Wolfley, Rick Osmon, Anne Siegel, Marc Smolowitz and Debra A. Wilson
United States, 2011, 83 min, Feature Documentary, In English
STILL AROUND Trailer
STILL AROUND Official Film Poster