AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman
AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman
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AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman

October 7, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - October 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets @ BendFilm:

VIRTUAL – Starting – October 7th

As the self-appointed “AIDS DIVA” and ACT UP/LA spokesperson in early 90’s Los Angeles, Connie Norman stood proudly in her multiple, fluid and evolving LGBTQ identities. Both beloved and confrontational, Connie’s soulful and salty rantings and intersectional politics were heard widely through her newspaper column, and pioneering radio and cable TV talk shows. Serving as a bridge in both gender and politics, and modeling “wokeness” in an early era of crisis, Connie’s piercing and compassionate voice urges us again into action, to fully engage with our lives and our world.

Programmer Notes:

Very moving and important doc and a fabulous portrayal of a charismatic leader. This is still an open wound and relevant to all of us, not just the queer community.

About the Director:

Dante Alencastre is a Peruvian born award-winning documentary filmmaker and LGBTQ+ community activist, based in Los Angeles, California. His filmmaking and work on the boards of Los Angeles Arts organizations and political and community groups is focused particularly on the overlapping Transgender, Latino/a, and gender-non-conforming sub-tribes within the community.

Checkout our interview with the Director here:


Includes the following shorts:

liminal  – Steve lives both his past and present concurrently. As time is compressed and he flows through spirals of love and sexuality, Steve finds himself in a transition; stuck between a family life built on half measures, and a desire for a more authentic experience. Content Warning: Sexual content and strong language.

72 year old Miguel Gutierrez turns fruit cartons and pill bottles into brilliant costumes and sculptures. In My Neighbor, Miguel, he recalls his time in San Francisco during the AIDs epidemic and reflects on art, community and life after such an isolating, traumatic time that affected the entire world.


October 7, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
October 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm