LAST MEN STANDING

By Erin BRETHAUER, Tim HUSSIN

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - as FEST

LGBT - Completed 2016

Surrounded by the ghosts of a generation lost to the AIDS epidemic, eight gay men search for meaning in a life they never expected to have.

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& Awards

Outfest 2016
FRameline 2016
Inside Out 2016
Reeling 2016
Newfest 2016
BFI Flare 2017
Minds
BFI London FF 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • LGBT, Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 66 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Erin BRETHAUER, Tim HUSSIN
    • Synopsis
    • Since the first death, of a man in 1981, AIDS has taken 20,000 lives in San Francisco, most of them gay men.

      AIDS gutted a generation. But not everyone died. Left behind were men who had the remarkable luck – and, at times, brutal misfortune – to struggle on.

      They weren’t supposed to live past 40. Now they’re 50, 60, 70 years old, physically and psychologically and spiritually wounded. AIDS now is, by numbers alone, an older man’s disease in San Francisco. Of the 16,000 people with AIDS or HIV, more than half are age 50 or older.

      San Francisco is home to 6,000 gay men who have been living with AIDS or HIV, the virus that causes it, for at least 20 years. Some of them have managed to thrive, but for others, survival came at a great cost.

      Since they never expected to live so long, they have no savings, no retirement money, no plans. They’re fighting to keep their homes or find affordable housing on a fixed income.

      San Francisco is ill-prepared to care for men who weren’t supposed to survive.

      Many survivors have hope – they’re trying to turn toward the future. But they’re scarcely able to catch up in a world that they gave up on.

      In 'Last Men Standing,' the San Francisco Chronicle's first feature film, eight men are searching for meaning in a life they never expected to have.
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