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Elizabeth Taylor featured in new AIDS documentary ‘Commitment to Life’

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“Commitment to Life,” a new documentary about the early days of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, will have its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival next month. until then, diversity Have an exclusive first look at the doc.

In the clip above, Elizabeth Taylor is shown giving her first Life Pledge speech in 1985. It was the first major fundraiser for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA).

“All we can do right now is help our friends with AIDS and the only way to do that is by doing what you’re doing – giving support, money and love,” the late Hollywood legend said before a packed crowd. The audience. The event included appearances by Cher, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr., Carol Burnett, Burt Reynolds, Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stewart and Jane Seymour.

“That evening was amazing because all these big famous people were coming to say, ‘We see you,'” writer Bruce Villanch told the doc. “It didn’t happen. That was the first time.”

Bill Misenheimer, former executive director of APLA, recalls how ticket sales spiked after reports that Rock Hudson’s cause of death was an AIDS-related illness. “Rock Hudson faced this disease for the world, and it was invaluable in helping us move forward with the idea that everyone needs to be concerned about this,” he says.

APLA Health announced in December 2021 that production had begun on a “lifetime commitment”. Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz (“Tab Hunter Confidential” and “I Am Divine”), the film also touches on the creation of the Oscar-winning film “Philadelphia,” about the creation of red tape and the beginnings of local ACT UP. Chapter and APLA.

“Promise of Life” is produced by APLA Health and Automate Pictures. Ron Sylvester is the executive producer, while Aimee Flaherty serves as producer.

The film will premiere at SBIFF on February 11

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