The debate of whether or not HIV has been the true cause of AIDS is rising to the surface after years of censorship from the media. However, HIV has been affecting people's lives differently, whether it is a real virus or not. Nicole Zwiren's documentary, "HIV, A Whole Different Story," brings new perspectives to what makes the HIV debate so important. Her documentary shows the opinions of several people who have tested HIV positive and how differently they have all faired whether on or off the HIV medications. It also shows what makes the science behind HIV and its testing methods questionable if not faulty at best. When will health problems surrounding HIV and AIDS end and where did they begin? This documentary is nearly 90% completed but is not quite there. That's why it needs your help to be finished. It needs the money to hire an editor to finish the film in a timely manner. The film was edited to completion in early 2014 by Digital Magic Entertainment. After test screening the film in front of a Los Angeles audience, there were several good points made suggesting that the film should be made even more personal and story-oriented. Nicole Zwiren, the filmmaker, put herself in the film to explain why she was so interested in the topic of whether or not HIV causes AIDS, but the audience wanted to learn more about why it was so important to her. Besides personalizing the story with inserting more of her own story into it, she will also insert more personal stories from the HIV positive subjects who can show in what way the debate directly affects their lives. So now the film is going to be edited down to a shorter, more marketable version. The original version of the film will still be kept as the un-cut, extended version of the film, which will explain and go into detail about the scientific aspects of the debate.
Over the past five years I've seen some miraculous stuff and some tragedies as well. People with HIV diagnoses could completely reverse their death sentences and were even able to turn their HIV test results around. Other people weren't so lucky and died much too young. The differences in people's life-spans with HIV diagnoses could be a result of so many things and it makes the science that much more important in looking at when deciding if HIV is really what is linking all of these patients together. It is so important for me to make this documentary because it is a matter of the amount of proteins a person has in their blood that makes them test positive on these HIV antibody tests but we don't know if these tests mean anything because everyone has these proteins in their blood anyway.
These people who question AIDS science are called AIDS dissidents and my goal with this film is to force a dialog between the mainstream and the dissidents. I want to represent truth as best as it can possibly come to be known but also give a personal twist to how it is presented to show where I am coming from in making this documentary.
We will be able to reach our goal of finishing the film and giving it a higher production value by reaching our goal of $3300 to be able to pay the editor, Pepa Albornoz, who wants to make this film really shine. She cares about giving the film more of a narrative arc and making it balanced with just the right amount of science and personal touch to keep people watching and at the edge of their seats the whole way through. Pepa is willing to work for low pay because she knows the importance of having this film made the best it can be. We are hoping to finish the film by the end of August so that it can be sent to Sundance this year and submitted to major television broadcast stations like PBS and HBO. I spoke to David Magdael, a very well-known distributor who was interested in this film, but the advice that he gave me was to make sure that it was completely finished before showing the film to distributors.