Sunday, July 28, 2013

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

1989 American Feature

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Cleve Jones, Sara Lewinstein, David Mandell, Suzi Mandell, Sallie Perryman, Vito Russo and Tracy Torrey
Directors: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Writers: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman and Cindy Ruskin

The history of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the stories of five people, represented by panels in the Quilt, who died of AIDS-related causes.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 90%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Interfilm Award.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Documentary.
  • Peabody Award.

  • The idea for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was conceived in 1985 by activist Cleve Jones and officially started in 1987. Weighing an estimated 54 tons, it is the largest piece of community folk art in the world.
  • Inspired by the book The Quilt: Stories From The NAMES Project by Cindy Ruskin, Matt Herron and Deborah Zemke.
  • Tom Waddell, founder of the Gay Games, is one of the people profiled in the film.

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