But first and foremost, I feel a public goodbye to my Uncle Mook (my dad’s little brother) is in order. He was truly a great guy, always ready to have a good laugh and always very kind to me. He’d been diagnosed with an illness that gave fair warning of the end, which is a mixed blessing of course... but I’m glad I had the chance to speak with him on the phone about a month ago, when I was being an uncle myself and watching some wrestling with my niece.
Uncle Mook, you will be missed. Thanks for all the lessons on what it means to be a loving uncle.
So, last weekend Gwenn and I went to Vail, thanks to a contest put on by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in partnership with the Vail Film Festival. It truly is stunning how scenically beautiful Vail is, and a trip out of town certainly hit the spot, too. We met a lot of wonderful folks, from Best Student Film winner, James Cox (for Grey Matter, a Stephen King story) to Tate Taylor, director of The Help. We also got to see the screening of Keep the Promise, a documentary about the March on Washington last year, directed by Jorg Fockele and Marc Smolowitz, both incredibly talented and amiable allies in raising awareness about HIV.
At the Closing Awards Ceremony, Allison Janney and Tate Taylor did a Q&A, and every film screened at the Festival was up for an award. My contest-winning, 60-second video (below) was shown to an audience of very talented filmmakers... it was quite a thrill! Especially since it got a great response. Allison said, “I loved your film!” afterwards. She and Tate were both so kind as to record PSAs for AIDS Healthcare Foundation about why HIV funding, awareness and prevention are still needed.
Either way, I’m busy doing what I can to make that happen.
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Hope this message finds you all well.