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Documentary ‘Quiet Heroes’ comes to Ritz Theatre

By  | November 6, 2018 | Filed under: News

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SHEFFIELD-The Tennessee Valley Art Association is proud to partner with South Arts to screen six films from the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, each exploring a different topic. This month, the film “Quiet Heroes” will present the story of the AIDS crisis in Salt Lake City through the eyes of Dr. Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder, the only two medical professionals to treat AIDS patients during that time.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and TVAA members. The film starts at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 and doors open at 6:15 p.m. for a cash bar and pre-screening discussion. Following the film, the Ries and Snyder will discuss the film and take audience questions.

In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients received no support from—or were cast into exile by—the political, religious, and medical communities. “Quiet Heroes” tells the story of Dr. Kristen Ries, Maggie Snyder and their ambitious plan to care for patients with HIV/AIDS in Utah.

“We are passionate about connecting filmmakers with communities,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director with South Arts. “Film and media artists are at the forefront of countless important conversations. Their ability to develop thematically resonant work and tell stories opens audiences’ eyes and ears to new concepts and ideas.”

Katie Owens-Murphy is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Alabama who represented the Ritz Theatre with the film selection process in Atlanta. She said she is especially proud of the diversity of subjects and artistic styles, each film tackling a new subject and no two films are crafted in the same way, providing a wide range of filmmaking styles to explore.

“I do encourage folks to view the entire series in order to appreciate the balance we’ve achieved in this year’s selections,” she said. “The films are as informative as they are moving, and they will generate some really interesting conversations. There really should be something for everybody.”

This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Media Release/Bobby Bozeman/Marketing and program development/Tennessee Valley Art Association

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