Premiere of How to Survive a Plague

So as many of you know I have taken on allot of personal projects in our community over the years. My latest project is to bring the film “How to Survive a Plague” to the Central Valley in observance of World AIDS Day on Nov 30, 2012 at 7:00pm. Read below and follow my blog for more information on this great community event!


For the past month I have been working to get the film “How to Survive a Plage” to the Central Valley and today I just finalized the paperwork for the screening rights to the film. I’m currently working on a venue hopefully down in the Tower District. (I’m shooting for the Tower Theatre) I’ve choosing the Tower District because it’s close to food and personally I think it’s a great centralized location for everyone to meet up at.

Many people have asked Why did you choose to put on this event? Simple answer is that over the past few years I have raised funds for many causes. I’m always asked how the money makes it back to the community. Usually the answer is I DON’T KNOW or It goes to the SF AIDS Foundation and they disperse the funds. Well truth of the matter is we never really know if it makes it down to our community. So my plan for this year was to bring a film to Fresno in observance of World AIDS Day and have all the proceeds from the film go back directly to the community, hence the this Community Event. To engage the community I setup a voting system at where you the community can vote for the organization you feel should receive the proceeds from the film. Then on Dec 19th I will personally hand deliver a check to the organization that everyone voted for.

HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

All proceeds generated from this event will be given BACK to the community. Personally I think the funds should goto an organizations that has an HIV/AIDS emphasis and/or continue to show their support ACTIVELY in our community. I will let YOU the community decide who deserves the proceeds and we (The Community) will deliver the checks to the selected organizations on Dec 19th.

Purchase a ticket for yourself or make a donation to this community project!


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Contact Info: Ted G. Freitas / 559.892.1705 / ted.freitas (at)


Vote for the organization you think would best benefit from proceeds from this project.



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