Photo Special: Celebrating The Normal Heart Playwright Larry Kramer on His Birthday!
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.
"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, debuts June 29th on HBO to mark Kramer’s 80th birthday. 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.