Disconnected from his family, culture, and community, Zachary Gold—a young, promising high school teacher and the son of conservative immigrants—seeks solace in the gay bareback community.
As HIV shifts from a life-threatening disease to a manageable "condition," the number of gay men practicing unsafe sex, both out of recklessness and self-injury, continues to grow. We need your help to raise awareness about the alarming complacency surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS today. As filmmakers, we're not interested in making a judgment about anyone's behavior. Instead, our goal is to start a dialogue about the increasing number of people practicing unsafe sex and ask one simple question: Why?
About the CreatorsSal Bardo's short film Requited made its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2011 and has screened at festivals across the country, including Reel Affirmations: Washington D.C.'s International LGBT Film Festival, where Sal won the Audience Award for Best First Time Filmmaker. Requited will be released on DVD later this year. His most recent film, Sam, about gender identity and bullying, is currently making the festival rounds. www.salbardo.com
Hailed as "An Actor to Watch!" by Backstage, Max Rhyser has acted opposite Q-Tip in Nelson George's My Funny Valentine (currently in development) and in One Life to Live, Homeland, A Four Letter Word, Requited, and the BBC series My Hero. His production work includes the successful series In Between Men. Max is a proud member of SAG and AEA, sits on the creative teams of two theater companies, and runs a holistic healing practice in New York. He is dedicated to affecting change through storytelling. www.maxrhyser.com
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