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Documentary short highlights local efforts to create first 24-hour AIDS nursing home in the United States

SEATTLE - (May 8, 2008) - The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will premiere the documentary short, "Bailey-Boushay House: A Living History" this May. The 32-minute film follows the story of a grassroots effort to build the first skilled nursing facility in the United States that was planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The film will screen at the SIFF Cinema Saturday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.

While there have been numerous documentaries about the AIDS crisis over the past 25 years, "Bailey-Boushay House: A Living History" looks at the impact of the epidemic through the lens of one community and one facility. In doing so, it provides an intimate portrayal of the unrelenting devastation that the early days of AIDS brought and, more importantly, the courage one community had to do something about it.

The film features more than 15 interviews with hospice clients, local activists, and community leaders such as King County Executive Ron Sims; Micki Flowers, former KIRO TV health reporter; Betsy Lieberman, executive director of Building Changes (formerly AIDS Housing of Washington); Ellen Ferguson, inspirational third-generation Seattle philanthropist; and Bill Block, King County project director to end homelessness.

This documentary was directed and edited by Terence Brown of Slantyhouse Productions. "Terence and his team did a masterful job of capturing a special time in Seattle's history, including the wonderful work of AIDS Housing of Washington, which resulted in the creation of Bailey-Boushay House," said Bailey-Boushay House Executive Director Brian Knowles.

According to Brown, "This project began as something much smaller in scope, but as we interviewed people and pulled together archival material, the producers and I realized we had a bigger story on our hands: one that we think can be appreciated as something larger and more universal than simply a local story."

"Bailey-Boushay House: A Living History" was filmed in studio and on location at Bailey-Boushay House in Seattle's Madison Valley. Executive produced by Kathleen Paul, vice president of Communications and Public Policy at Virginia Mason Medical Center, the film was shot on duel HD cameras by Director of Photography Ryan McMackin and edited in Final Cut Pro and After Effects. The film includes original music by Nick Denke, and was mixed at Victory Studios in Seattle.

About Slantyhouse Productions
Slantyhouse Productions is a Seattle-based boutique production house specializing in cinematic storytelling for the non-profit sector and cause related issues.

About Bailey-Boushay House
Bailey-Boushay House, opened in 1992, is America's first skilled nursing facility that was planned and built to meet the needs of people living with AIDS. The nationally-recognized facility provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases promoting their health, well-being and functional independence. Bailey-Boushay is operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

For media inquiries only, contact:
Alisha Mark
(206) 341-1509

Terence Brown
Slantyhouse Productions
(206) 234-5477

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