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Tony Kushner talks up Oscar nominated doc ‘How to Survive a Plague’

February 19, 2013 by  
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Playwright Tony Kushner (Oscar nominee for “Lincoln”) praises David France’s Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague” while discussing the legacy of his Pulitzer Prize winning play “Angels in America” in this clip on “Charlie Rose,” which aired February 15th on PBS:

“How to Survive a Plague” is a documentary about the early years of the AIDS epidemic in America.   The documentary features interviews and archival footage of  public figures, including Ed Koch, Bill Clinton, Jesse Helms and George H. W. Bush.

“How to Survive a Plague,” an Oscar nominee and favorite, has received awards for best documentary of 2012 from the Gotham Independent Film Awards and from the Boston Society of Film Critics.  The Independent Spirit Awards nominated it for Best Documentary.

Critic A. O. Scott The New York Times named “How to Survive a Plague” one of the best five documentaries of 2012 and fellow New York Times critic Stephen Holden called the documentary the eighth best film of 2012.

“Angels in America” also addresses the early years of the AIDs epidemic, but does so in a more intimate fashion, following the struggles of two gay men as they cope with the disease.  The play received numerous awards, including the 1993 and 1994 Tony Awards for Best Play.

“How to Survive a Plague” faces stiff competition at the 85th Academy Awards – Oscars. The documentary’s competitors include:

“5 Broken Cameras” – filmmakers: Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

“The Gatekeepers” – filmmakers: Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon

“The Invisible War” – filmmakers: Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

“Searching for Sugar Man” – filmmakers: Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

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