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Directed by Daniel F. Cardone
Produced by Marc Smolowitz


Saved by the introduction of protease inhibitors in the mid-1990s, many HIV positive men needed to rebuild the lives they thought they’d never be able to live. In an effort to reach equilibrium with the virus inside them, some migrated to Southern California’s Palm Springs in the hope of finding a healing desert oasis. But is this environment, with its tolerant population and constant sunshine, enough to eradicate the grief they carry within them, and strengthen them against the medications slowly poisoning their bodies?


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Daniel F. Cardone


Born in Australia, Daniel F Cardone began his career working on critically acclaimed productions such as The Home Song Stories, Animal Kingdom, and the Emmy Award-winning The Pacific. Daniel was also an Associate Producer on the Australian sitcom Outland, for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. After moving to the US, Daniel directed the segment ‘Construct’ of the feature documentary Still Around (2011, distributed by Outcast Films), in addition to writing and directing the short film ‘Incident’, which premiered at Palm Springs Shortfest in 2012. Daniel’s first feature film, the powerful and evocative documentary Desert Migration, premiered at Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco, in 2015, before going on to screen at over 60 festivals & events worldwide and tour 23 US cities as a part of AARP’s ‘Movies For Grownups’ program. Reviewers described Desert Migration as “stark, intense and hauntingly beautiful” and applauded Daniel’s ability to “…create an immersive experience that is deeply affecting and lingers in the mind long after the film has ended.” Daniel also directed the second unit sequences for the feature length documentary The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne. Currently, Daniel works as Artist Development Coordinator for Film Independent in Los Angeles.

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Marc Smolowitz


Marc Smolowitz is a multi-award winning independent filmmaker based in San Francisco. With three decades of experience in the film and media business, Smolowitz is a director, producer, and executive producer who has been significantly involved in 50+ successful independent films wearing many hats across the entertainment industry. The combined footprint of his works has touched 200+ film festivals and markets on 5 continents, yielding substantial worldwide sales to theatrical, television and VOD outlets, notable box office receipts, and numerous awards and nominations. His long list of credits includes films that have screened at top-tier festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, Venice, Chicago, Palm Springs, AFI Docs, IDFA, DOC NYC, CPH: DOX, Tokyo, Melbourne, Viennale, Krakow, Jerusalem, among others. In 2016, he received one of the prestigious IFP Fellowships to attend the Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network and Marche du Film marking him as one of USA’s most influential independent film producers.

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