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The San Francisco Chronicle Debuts Special Report on the Forgotten Survivors of AIDS with Documentary Film LAST MEN STANDING

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Landmark Project Highlights 
the Lives and Experiences 
of Eight Local AIDS Survivors

One of the few newspapers to write, direct and produce a feature-length documentary, the San Francisco Chronicle, Northern California's largest newspaper, will debut its first film, "Last Men Standing," on April 8 at the Castro Theatre.

The documentary, which follows the lives and experiences of eight long-term AIDS survivors, is part of a larger special report featuring interactive digital and print features by Chronicle reporter Erin Allday.
"Our mission is to tell the story of our city, and no other public health crisis struck a U.S. city as deeply as AIDS hit San Francisco. Tens of thousands of San Franciscans were promised a sudden death – and thousands succumbed to the AIDS plague. But many of them survived, only to live a life where death was a constant companion," Chronicle Editor in Chief Audrey Cooper said. "Doing this story as a 20-page print section, an interactive digital project and a documentary is a key way that we are expanding our role as Northern California's largest news source. Telling a story in multiple ways helps us reach as many people as possible."
Allday spent 10 months interviewing more than 50 men who have lived with HIV/AIDS for half of their lives, as well as doctors, activists, city officials and LGBT allies.

She worked with videographers Erin Brethauer and Tim Hussin to document the experience of eight men.

These survivors reflect the struggles taking place across San Francisco and the country as survivors continue fighting for their lives.

Allday's in-depth feature will appear in print March 6 and is online at Follow the conversation through #SurvivingAids.

Tickets for the April 8th premiere of Last Men Standing can be purchased at

About The San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle ( is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast. Acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2000, The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 by Charles and Michael de Young and has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. With name brand voices and a keen editorial eye, the Chronicle is an authority that still surprises. Follow us on Twitter @SFChronicle.

About Hearst Newspapers
Hearst Newspapers is the operating group responsible for Hearst Corporation's newspapers, local digital marketing services businesses and directories. With more than 4,700 employees across the nation, Hearst Newspapers publishes 15 dailies and 36 weeklies, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union. It also operates digital marketing services and directories businesses under the LocalEdge brand.

About Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation ( is one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 36 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union; hundreds of magazines around the world, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations, which reach a combined 18 percent of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, HISTORY and ESPN; significant holdings in automotive, electronic and medical/pharmaceutical business information companies; a 50 percent stake in global ratings agency Fitch Group; Internet and marketing services businesses; television production; newspaper features distribution; and real estate. Follow us on Twitter @HearstCorp.

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