Back from the summer, many New Yorkers now head towards the playhouses and movie theaters. After years of celluloid silence around HIV, Visual AIDS is excited that another season of thought provoking films around HIV are upon us. Here are a few we know about:

Tom's Gift, directed by Charles Lum and Todd Verow
A patron remembers a porn shop located in a barn in rural Maine as it’s forced to close down by a new town ordinance. Screening with Kink, directed by Christina Voros as part of NEWFEST. Click here for more info/tix.

Fire in the Blood, Dylan Mohan Gray
A shocking exposé of how pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep profits unconscionably high even at the expense of peoples’ lives, and a plea for universal access to affordable, life-saving generic medicines. An intricate tale of “medicine, monopoly and malice”, FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to affordable AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths. Click here for more info/tix.

Test, Chris Mason Johnson
This sexy, funny, poignant new film from Chris Mason Johnson (The New Twenty) won two Outfest Los Angeles Grand Jury Prizes for its portrayal of Frankie (Scott Marlowe), a sexy young dancer in 1985 San Francisco, enjoying big city life and the erotic freedom that comes with it. But when he’s not onstage performing (in a series of stunning dance sequences) or bringing new friends up to his apartment, Frankie debates whether or not he should take the brand-new HIV test. Mixing unforgettable characters, sharp writing and dazzling choreography, this exuberant period piece calls to mind Parting Glances and other classics of urban queer cinema. Click here for more info/tix.

Four, Joshua Sanchez,
Seduction and conflicted desire intertwine on a steamy Fourth of July evening in this requiem for the loneliness quietly hidden in everyday suburban American life. Pierce (HBO’s The Wire) gives a career-best, Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance as Joe, a married black man out on a date with a white teenage boy (Cohen, The Place Beyond the Pines) he met online. At the same time, Joe’s precocious daughter seeks refuge from the mess of a home-life her father's secrets have created, finding solace in the company of a Latino basketball player whose best days are behind him.Click here for more info/tix.