Newfest Open­ing Night

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The 30th an­niver­sary of the LGBTQ film fes­ti­val opened with wri­ter­di­rec­tor Yen Tan’s AIDS drama “1985.” Co-star Michael Chik­lis re­called los­ing friends and a cousin dur­ing the early days of the epi­demic. “I moved to NYC in the spring of 1985, and I was a mem­ber of the theater com­mu­nity. It was a ter­ri­fy­ing time, and we all knew many peo­ple who got sick,” he said, adding, “What I love about this film is that it’s nu­anced and doesn’t pros­e­ly­tize. It’s just real. This film is vi­tally im­por­tant, be­cause we are so po­lar­ized and so di­vided right now.”

Michael Chik­lis, Yen Tan, Cory Michael Smith and Vir­ginia Mad­sen

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