Killing Patient Zero

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100 minutes – Documentary, AIDS,
Festival release date: April 26, 2019 (Hot Docs – Toronto)
Release date: July 26, 2019 (Toronto)
Production company:Fadoo Productions
Canadian distributor: Kew Media Distribution

Killing Patient Zero tells the story of Québec-born flight attendant Gaetan Dugas who was notoriously (and erroneously) known as ‘patient zero.” One of the first 57 AIDS cases reported to the Center for Disease Control (the CDC) in Atlanta, Dugas was able to provide the names of 72 of his former sex partners – and in so doing, landed in the middle of the CDC’s famous Cluster Study, where, he was identified as Patient O (as in the letter, ‘O’). In 1987, author Randy Shilts’ book on the AIDS epidemic, And The Band Played On, mis-identified Dugas, referring to him as ‘Patient Zero” and portraying him as a psychopath, willfully infecting other gay men. Based on Richard McKay’s groundbreaking book, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, this documentary sets out to clear the name of Gaetan Dugas and kill the idea that he was responsible for starting the terrifying and tragic epidemic in the 1980s.

Killing Patient Zero was an Official Selection and had its World Premiere at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Also see: Killing Patient Zero – A Review.



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Crew:
Producer:Corey Russell
Executive Producer:

Trevor Birney

Associate Producer:

Yves Basaillon
Christian Medawar

Director:

Laurie Lynd

Screenwriter:

Laurie Lynd

Cinematographer:

Paul Steinberg C.S.C.

Editor:

Trevor Ambrose

Cast:Roles:

Richard McKay
Michael Denneny
William W. Darrow
Steve Newman
Ray Redford
Rand Gaynor
Fran Lebowitz
Dr. Michael Worobey
Dr. Thomas D. Watts
Dr. Marcus Conant
Richard Berkowitz
B. Ruby Rich
Dr. Andrew Moss
John Greyson
Brian Willoughby
Gaetane Urevig
Ross Murray
Dr. Lawrence Mass
Elaine Watson
Richard Bisson
Brian Freeman
Dr. James W. Curran
Piere-Claude Levaque
Tim McCaskell
R.M. Vaughan
Dr. Christos Tsoukas
Dr. Jacques Pepin
Marie Wadden
Matthew Hays
Noah Stewart
Michael Welsh
Andrew Stoner
Ken Maley
Susan Sward
Douglas Crimp
Dr. Harold Jaffe
Ed Lee
Gordon Price

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