Exclusive Video: HBO Documentary on Normal Heart Author and AIDS Activist Larry Kramer Sets Air Date

News   Exclusive Video: HBO Documentary on Normal Heart Author and AIDS Activist Larry Kramer Sets Air Date
 
"Larry Kramer In Love & Anger," a new documentary film about the gay rights and health activist who authored the Tony-winning Broadway play The Normal Heart, will debut June 29 on HBO to mark Kramer’s 80th birthday.

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Directed by Jean Carlomusto, the feature-length film takes "an intimate look at the inspiring and sometimes devastating measures taken by one man to ultimately save the lives of millions affected by HIV and AIDS," according to press notes.

Here's how HBO describes the film: "'Larry Kramer in Love & Anger' is a feature-length documentary about the legendary author, activist and playwright, Larry Kramer. It is an in-depth, “warts and all” portrait of one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary gay America, a political firebrand who gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives.
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It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Watch this excerpt, made available exclusively to Playbill.com:

Kramer was born June 25, 1935. The Normal Heart chronicled the early days of the AIDS epidemic, notably the resistance by the political establishment to recognize it and do something about it. In the play, Kramer also portrayed himself as pushy and obnoxious, including in his relations with leaders of gay political organizations, whom he felt were too timid in campaigning for help. The Normal Heart originated in 1985 at the Public Theater Off-Broadway. It was revived on Broadway in 2011, winning the Tony for Best Revival. That led to an emmy-winning 2014 film adaptation that also debuted at the Sundance Film Festival also was shown on HBO.

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