A Documentary by Louise Hogarth
Times - "Critics Choice!" - June
6, 2003 - "Forsaking
Health to Join the H.I.V. Club" - Far and away the most important
selection in NewFest 2003.
CNN Live Watch Anderson Cooper's interview with Louise Hogarth on CNN Live. (quicktime movie)
Chicago Sun Times - review by Richard Roeper - April 22, 2003 - "What makes bug chasers, gift givers do such a thing? It's a story so shocking you want to believe it's a hoax--a sick joke. But, somewhere between urban legend and ghastly trend, there really are some gay men who want to be infected with HIV, and others who will gladly help them try to make that wish come true."
Chasers" - Part One+Two
16, 2003 - "Some gay
men are deliberately seeking the virus that causes AIDS. It's an underground
movement that's found a home on the Internet. NY1's health reporter,
Itay Hod, has been investigating the so-called bug chasing trend, and
in part one of his special series, he explains what it's all about."
Love - by Dan Savage"...folks
out there, gay and straight, who want the whole bug-chasing subject to
go away. (Straights want it to go away because it's not about them; gays
want it to go away because it makes us look bad.) Sorry, gang: This story
isn't going anywhere."
The Immoral Minority by Eli Sanders -"Thanks to the behavior of a small minority of gay men in the Seattle area, syphilis is at extremely high levels, HIV infections are spiking, cases of gonorrhea have doubled, and cases of chlamydia have tripled. What is the gay men's health movement doing about the problem?"
Bay Area Reporter - Why were running ads again -"Nobody was asking us for the real deal, the truth in advertising facts between the scare campaigns of the 1980s and the ubiquitous climb every mountain drug ads of the late 1990s. Nobody was asking us, but we were ready to tell."
San Francisco Chronicle - Sunday, June 8, 2003 - Worth a Look at the Lesbian & Gay Festival - "These choices are promising among 271 films, videos."
Magazine - Bare Facts - June
6 , 2003 "Documentary The Gift explores those who
seek out HIV infection or purposefully infect others."
TV Seattle, ABC
- "I didn't
know I was gonna change so fast. No one told me." No one told him,
said 21-year-old Doug Hitzel, that HIV will eventually kill him.It's
something he wishes he did know before he got intentionally infected
African Film Update - March
7, 2003 -
"According to The Gift, Bug Chasers look to contract HIV for a
number of reasons. Some have or have lost HIV-positive partners, and
their sense of survivor guilt may be coupled with their longing to join
10, 2003 - Bug-chasing
documentary premieres at Berlin Film Festival
Map.com Robert Fieldhouse February
5, 2003 -
"It depicts the life of (among others) Doug Hitzel, a 21 year-old
gay man who intentionally sought to become HIV-positive. Hitzel who
is also featured in a high-profile piece in Rolling Stone magazine (Bug
Chasers: The men who long to be HIV-positive)."
Love - Dan Savage "...a
documentary called "The Gift" that was packing 'em in at the
Berlin Film Festival. Louise Hogarth's film features interviews with
"a number of gay men who have deliberately sought out the virus."
Should be a big hit on the U.S. film-fest circuit this summer."
to what the director, Louise Hogarth, has to say about her film
in an interview with IMRU radio.
Bay Area Reporter - January 30, 2003 - by Matthew S. Bajko - "As controversy continues to swirl around a Rolling Stone article about "bug chasers" - (gay men who deliberately get infected with HIV) new documentary film about the phenomenon premiering at a Berlin film festival next month is already creating buzz."
Frontiers Magazine - Jan. 28, 2003 - "It was over a year ago that documentary filmmaker Louise Hogarth first contacted me about her latest project. She had tracked me down after reading a Frontiers article I had written lamenting the rising rates of seroconversion among young gay men."
Annoy.com review by Clinton Fein - Jan. 31, 2003 - "A new documentary, 'The Gift,' by filmlaker Louise Hogarth is a timely investigation into a fascinating phenomenon - the eroticization of deliberate HIV infection..."
RainbowGuide.com - (Berlin Reuters) "Controversial AIDS Film Debuts at Berlin Film Festival - A controversial film about gay men who deliberately contract 'the gift' of the HIV virus or recklessly risk doing so debuted at the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday."
Nation review by Larwrence Gibson -
Shown earlier in the year at the Berlin Film Festival, this controversial
American documentary investigates the oh-so-chilling facts about gay
men who actively pursue unprotected sex for the purpose of seroconversion.
Easyboyfriend.com (Berlin) "A film about so-called 'bug chasers'had its premiere Tuesday at the Berlin International Film Festival. The motion picture, completed only days before its screening, features interviews with gay men mainly from San Francisco, who purposely contract HIV."