Boise Weekly readers first read about Dallas Buyers Club when we attended its world premiere in September 2013. Six months later, it picked up Oscars for co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
And now tonight, the critical and box-office success will be showcased as part of a special monthly series of screenings at the Boise headquarters of ALPHA - that's Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS.
“[Its] a way of bringing people together, enjoy film, and hopefully generate conversation around HIV and how the films relate to our community,” Jonny Walker, executive director of ALPHA, says of the screenings.
And for April, the group is screening Dallas Buyers Club, the Matthew McConaughey-led flick about a man who is given a month to live after he tests positive for HIV. The film was met with critical acclaim during award season earlier this year, with McConaughey and Jared Leto each taking home Oscars, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for their roles in the movie.
Most importantly for Walker, the movie deals with one of the issues most important to ALPHA: lack of access to essential medication for those living with HIV.
“It’s essential for us as a community to have open and honest dialogue about HIV,” he says. “We hope to create a safe space for this conversation to happen.”
Movie screenings take place the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. The Downtown Boise ALPHA headquarters is located at 1009 W. Bannock St.