Common threads : stories from the quilt

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  • Creator Home Box Office presents ; a Telling Pictures and the Couterie company production ; directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman ; produced by Bill Couturié, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman ; writers, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Cindy Ruskin
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York, NY : New Yorker Video, [2004] ©2004
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
  • ISBNs 1567303498, 9781567303490
  • OCLC ocm54838996
  • Credits
    • Featuring Sara Lewinstein, David Mandell, Suzi Mandell, Sallie Perryman, Vito Russo, Tracey Torrey; narrated by Dustin Hoffman
    • Director of photography, Dyanna Taylor, Jean de Segonzac ; editor, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman ; music, Bobby McFerrin


  • The story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt established by the San Francisco NAMES Project Foundation in 1987 to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS. From the thousands memorialized in the quilt, profiles five individuals--including a recovered IV drug user, a former Olympic decathlon star and a boy with hemophilia--whose stories reflect the diversity and common tragedy of those who have died from AIDS. Celebrates their unique personalities and achievements, interweaving these personal histories with a chronology of the epidemic's development and the negligence of the government.


  • Originally released in 1989.
  • Features: commentary with Rob Epstein & Jerry Friedman; Vito Russo ACT UP speech; Then and now, 1981-2004: short film by Rob Epstein & Jerry Friedman; photo gallery.
  • DVD.
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