Spotlight:   90 Days

March 29, 2017


“After  nourishment,  shelter  and  companionship,  stories  are  the  thing  we  need  most in the world." Philip Pullman 


We  believe  that  storytelling  is  a  perfect  vehicle  for  advocacy  and  activism.  With  90  Days, our goal is to use entertainment to advocate for the message that “love is greater  than anything,” including HIV. The HIV infection and death rates remain on the rise in  communities of color in the United States even rivaling those of sub"Saharan Africa in  major  cities  like  Atlanta.  Advancements  in  medicine  and  treatment  have  made  HIV  a  treatable  chronic  disease  and  thus,  the  epidemic  has  all  but  disappeared  from  our  daily dialogue. 


Our story of love and acceptance seeks to move the conversation back center in a way  only  art  can  do.  A  great  story  can  cause  others  to  build  empathy,  compassion,  and  a  desire to act. A well"told story is emotional at its core because it emanates from one's  soul.  It  is  why  the  use  of  storytelling  in  activism  and  advocacy  is  fundamental  to  successful motivation, initiation and integration 

of  affected,  and  often  times  more  importantly,  non"affected communities.  


As  Aristotle  said,  "You  don't  inKluence  people  through intellect, you do it through emotion." 


Welcome to our Kilm, 90 Days!!  


LOGLINE:    After  ninety  days  of  dating,  Jessica  (Teyonah  Parris)  tells  her  would"be  Kiancé  that  she is HIV positive, which forces the couple to confront the realities surrounding living and loving  with HIV. 


Starring:   Teyonah Parris (Dear White People, Chi4Raq, Mad Men, Survivor’s Remorse)     

Pauletta Washington (Beloved, Antwone Fisher) 


Nic Few (The Chadwick Chronicles, Gideon’s Crossing)   Directors:   Nathan Hale Williams & Jennia Fredrique Aponte   Writer:  Nathan Hale Williams 


Producer:    Sol Aponte 

Executive Producer:   Jussie Smollett 

Nathan Hale Williams    Richard E. Pelzer, II    Sol Aponte 


Cinematographer:    Diego Torroija  Genre:    Dramedy (Short Form)  Run Time:    19 minute  Completed:    October 2016  Filmed in:   Los Angeles



 Taylor (Nic Few) is preparing for a date with his girlfriend, Jessica (Teyonah Parris) to celebrate  three months of dating. They have waited ninety days to be intimate because they both agreed that  sex gets in the way of truly getting to know your partner. Still, Taylor is sure that Jessica is the  woman for him and intends to propose. His best friend, Qwynn (Emmett Short) thinks that he is  crazy and encourages him to wait until after their relationship has been consummated and he knows  more about her. Undeterred, Taylor with a ring in his pocket heads to Jessica’s for their dinner and to  propose. Confronted with a case of cold feet, Taylor calls his no nonsense mother (Pauletta  Washington) who reassures him that he is not moving too fast and that Jessica is a wonderful  woman.  


All is well, until Jessica reveals the true reason why she asked to wait ninety days. She is HIV positive.  Initially, Taylor is shocked by the revelation, but listens to Jessica and they discuss the truths about  HIV and how a mixed status relationship can be managed.  


Can he contract it? Can he protect  himself by going on PrEP? Can they  ever have kids? What is her  treatment like? It’s not at all what  Taylor had expected and he needs  time to think through his feelings. 



 In  this  Kilm,  we  want  to  dispel  prevailing  myths  about  what  it  means  to  be  HIV  positive,  particularly  when  it  comes  to  dating,  sex,  marriage  and  having  children.  We  also  want  to  create  a  compelling  piece  that  gives  people  of  color,  living  with  HIV  a  vision  for  establishing  and  managing  mixed  status  intimate and sexual relationships. We also want to help break down the stigma associated with being  positive.  However,  we  also  want  to  be  realistic  in  portraying  the  emotional  complexity  of  dealing  with the virus.   

We  will  use  the  Kilm  to  educate  people  and  to  open  a  dialogue  about  the  current  realities  of  what  it  means  to  live  with  HIV,  treatment,  partner  protection,  children  and  more.  The  Kilm  will  be  available  as a tool to be used by the HIV prevention community to engage populations around these issues. 




  90 Days was made in partnership and with the generous support of: 



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