Queer Melbourne director Rohan Spong has just scored the opportunity of a lifetime — an offer for his latest film, All The Way Through Evening, to screen in cinemas in New York.
Trouble is, the independent filmmaker is short of the cash needed to make it happen.
The doco tells the story of Mimi Stern Wolfe, a New York pianist who lost many of her friends and collaborators to the AIDS epidemic.
Since then, she has devoted herself to learning and annually presenting the works of local composers who were lost to the disease. The film follows Wolfe as she prepares for her 20th such concert.
“There are a number of reasons I’d like to get this cinema opportunity happening,” Spong said.
“New York just feels like the right launch pad for the film — it’s a New York story, with New York characters, so it feels respectful to have the first wave of screenings in the city of the lost men the film profiles.”
Spong said he wanted viewers “to reflect on the huge losses and suffering which occurred in the early days of the HIV/AIDS pandemic”.
He will investigate local screening opportunities when he returns from New York in January, but in the meantime, those interested in helping to fund the screenings can do so via his Crowdfunding website.