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Filmmaker Robert Bilheimer '66 Makes AIDS Documentary

A Closer Walk Opening in Large Cities

Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted March 5, 2003
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Filmmaker Robert Bilheimer '66 was featured in a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle article about his new film, A Closer Walk, a documentary about AIDS (www.acloserwalk.org).

According to the article, "The Bristol Hills filmmaker and his small crew traveled from the ramshackle huts of Uganda to the dusty byways of India to the frigid and forgotten ghettos
of the former Soviet Union to the mean streets of Kansas City. They talked to some 75 people - dying children, dedicated doctors and famous leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, rock star-activist Bono and the Dalai Lama. And they enlisted Oscar-nominated actors Glenn Close and Will Smith to narrate."

"The Bristol Hills filmmaker and his small crew traveled from the ramshackle huts of  Uganda to the dusty byways of India to the frigid and forgotten ghettos of the former Soviet Union to the mean streets of Kansas City.

"They talked to some 75 people - dying children, dedicated doctors and famous leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, rock star-activist Bono and the Dalai Lama. And they enlisted Oscar-nominated actors Glenn Close and Will Smith to narrate.  All told, the film cost $2 million - cheap by Hollywood standards but a hefty sum in the world of independent documentaries. Half of the money came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the rest from a variety of sources.

"Now A Closer Walk is ready for the public and has been showcased in premiere screenings in New York City and Los Angeles. Starting Friday, A Closer Walk begins a run of at least a week at the Little Theatre (Rochester)."

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