The official trailer for the feature documentary DESERT MIGRATION.
Written & Directed by Daniel F. Cardone
Produced by Marc Smolowitz
DESERT MIGRATION screened at the following film festivals in 2015:
Frameline 39, San Francisco
Outfest, Los Angeles
Cinema Q, Denver
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
Fresno Reel Pride
Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
Out On Film, Atlanta
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Adelaide Film Festival, Australia
Newfest, New York
Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
Les Gai Cine Mad, Madrid, Spain
in additional to a special screening presented by the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and screenings in Sydney, Byron Bay, Lismore, Copenhagen, Vancouver, and Washington DC for World AIDS Day, 2015.
For details of future screenings, please visit www.desertmigrationmovie.com
SYNOPSIS: When HIV treatments improved and people stopped dying by the thousands, many gay men took stock and said, "So...now what?" Their peer group was decimated and they themselves had only escaped death by a narrow margin.
Retiring to California's Palm Springs seemed like a viable decision. Health services were great, housing was affordable, there was a large gay population and it was always sunny. The roads they took to get there were varied, but all promised a veritable Lost Horizon, where age, illness and sin were a thing of the past.
However, being left to your own devices in a town where the sun always shines has a way of exposing who a person really is. With no friends, no job, and traumatized by recent memories, the burden is entirely on the individual to make something meaningful grow in the dry, harsh desert.
Desert Migration examines the lives of these men; their history, their present, and their possible futures as they struggle to come to terms with the second chance they have been given. Faced with their own mortality and the inevitable wear and tear on their bodies from both the virus and the medications designed to save them, how do they strive to create a life of value? Their stories illuminate how people across the US and the world are struggling as they age with the virus and the damage it has caused.