Alan Cumming, Justin Vivian Bond Sign On for Film About AIDS Activist

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Tony winner Alan Cumming will star in the film written by AIDS activist Vincent Gagliostro.
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming

Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming has signed for After Louie, a new film penned by AIDS activist Vincent Gagliostro. Also cast are Justin Vivian Bond, Zachary Booth, David Drake, Joey Arias and the film’s co-writer, Anthony Johnston.

Gagliostro has co-written the film, which he will also direct. The team is currently crowdfunding the project through Kickstarter.

Here’s how it’s billed: “After Louie explores the contradictions of modern gay life and history through Sam (Cumming), a man desperate to understand how he and his community got to where they are today. As an AIDS activist and member of ACT UP in the 1980s and 90s, Sam witnessed the deaths of too many friends and lovers. Battle-wounded and struggling with survivor’s guilt, Sam now resents the complacency of his former comrades and derides what he sees as the younger generation’s indifference to the politics of sex, and of death. An unexpected intimacy with a much younger man, Braeden (Booth), challenges Sam’s understanding of contemporary gay life. Through this unconventional romance, he is forced to deal with the trauma that so informs his past, their present, and an unknown future.”

“My film After Louie is a portrait of what happened to us — the generation who endured the AIDS epidemic, a generation whose shared history continues to haunt us. In confronting the end of a traumatic era and provoking a conversation between generations, I dare us to dream of a new and vibrant future, again. After Louie will be a testament to the joys of the fully lived life and the inseparability of art and living.”

Bryce J. Renninger and Lauren Belfer are producing the film that will feature costumes by New York fashion icon Pat Fields, production design by Avram Finkelstein and music by Jonathan Sheffer.

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