Aging and HIV: A Story of Resiliency

  • Amanda Gellman
    Director
  • Amanda Gellman
    Writer
  • Amanda Gellman
    Producer
  • Greg Scratch
    Key Cast
  • Jack Haight
    Key Cast
  • Donald Turner
    Key Cast
  • Eli Martin
    Key Cast
  • Mark McCallum
    Key Cast
  • Joanne Schnigh
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    43 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 27, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    60,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 1080P
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • On-line

    December 1, 2020
    World AIDD Day 2021 - Online
Distribution Information
  • Amanda Gellman
    Country: Canada
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Amanda Gellman

Reason for Aging & HIV: A Story of Resiliency: Amanda Gellman, in the 90s, served as the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Windsor as well as a Founding Board Member of AIDS Walk Canada. During this time she worked with numerous AIDS Service Organizations across Canada, as a speaker and mentor on fundraising and community development. Amanda has since maintained many relationships with those living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs), many of whom are in this film. They remain a life-long friendship, and were the inspiration for this film. "Aging & HIV: A Story of Resiliency" is meant to be a community and educational project, available FREE to the public. In addition, Amanda coordinated a South Africa AIDS Project through her Anglican parish from 1997 to 2020. Through the OSMTH Canada, Amanda was one of two women appointed from 2008-2012 as a representative to the annual NGO parallel sessions at the United Nations Status of Women Conferences in New York where human rights issues such as Human Trafficking and AIDS/AHIV were a major focus.
Amanda is currently directing a documentary on the subject of Human Trafficking and another on the life Story of Milton Gregg.
Amanda served as Special Assistant to the President at the University of Windsor, and later as Vice-President, University Advancement. Since 2012, Amanda has been volunteering to grow the successful Film Camp for Kids & Youth in Windsor, Ontario, which hires post-secondary film students to instruct 8 to 18 year olds in the art of filmmaking. Amanda currently serves as President of the Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media & the Creative Arts (non-profit) and the Media Arts Community Centre & Museum (charity).
A native of Newfoundland, Amanda Gellman is today President of MANAN Strategy / MANAN Media (manan is a Gaelic term for new beginnings and opportunities), which oversaw many corporate video projects, and a Partner with The Funding Envelope. For her past work on behalf of diverse causes, Amanda has received the 40 under 40 in St. Louis Recognition, the McDonnell Douglas Feed America Award, the University of Windsor’s Charles Clark Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, Windsor’s Women of the Year 2002 recognition, the Windsor University Friend of Retirees’ Award, Honorary Membership in the International Golden Key Honour Society (nominated by UWindsor students), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Canada South Association of Fundraising Professionals' Crystal Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Director Statement

This film is dedicated in loving memory of our family members, friends and colleagues who left us too soon, but taught us much about living
with purpose and having resiliency. We hope this community-based filmproject serves to educate and inspire!