HIV and the Journey Toward Zero sparks important conversations around the end of the HIV epidemic. What does “the end” mean for those who have been there from the start, those living with HIV today and those leading the way to an HIV-free future?
HIV and the Journey Toward Zero spotlights the perspective of some of Chicago’s most prominent activists. The film is presented in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, Tessa Films and local community organizations. Join us as we hear from long-term survivors, newly diagnosed individuals, clinicians, researchers and community leaders — the voices that, together, can make HIV history.
HIV and the Journey Toward Zero is directed by the Emmy Award -winning, Chan C. Smith, a Chicagoan and Black queer female filmmaker.
Her work includes narrative filmmaking, documentary, editorial and branded content. Chan has created content for brands such as Nike Chicago, Parents Magazine, the NBA, and the Biden/Harris campaign.
Chan is on a mission to tell stories centered around the human experience. She draws on her experience in journalism and creative storytelling to tell the stories of real people in a way that inspires, informs and invigorates.
HIV and the Journey Toward Zero is produced by Tessa Films, a woman-owned production company that offers a diverse, talented set of directors with roots in the Midwest. Tessa’s roster of top-tier talent and ability to create original award-winning content have put obscure brands on the map and made well-known brands stand out
(and break sales records).