The Graying of AIDS

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The Graying of AIDS: Women on Aging with HIV is a documentary short about living longer. Three older women living with AIDS in different parts of the American landscape navigate physical and emotional highs and lows as they challenge our collective assumptions about what it means to live, and to age, with HIV.


The Graying of AIDS is co-directed by Katja Heinemann & Naomi Schegloff, MPH.

Katja Heinemann regularly produces portraiture, photo essays, and multi-media stories incorporating photography, audio and video, for editorial, commercial and institutional distribution in the U.S. and abroad. Represented by Novus Select photo agency in New York City, her clients have included Time Magazine, People, Parade, US News and World Report, Stern, Der Spiegel, HBO, Discovery Communications, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and the AARP. Her photographs have been included in the anthologies Here is New York (Scalo 2002), Pandemic – Facing AIDS(Umbrage Editions 2003), and CITY (University of Illinois Press 2006). Katja’s new media documentaries on HIV in the U.S., On Borrowed Time, about the lives of children and teenagers, and The Graying of AIDS on the aging of the epidemic, illustrate how a personal body of work can grow from an editorial concept into an advocacy and educational tool, utilizing various platforms and media to have maximum impact in reaching diverse audiences.

Naomi Schegloff, MPH earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her work in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education focused largely on “photovoice” and other creative approaches to engaging diverse voices in public health discourse. She has worked extensively in the women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and creative communities, with university-affiliated organizations like The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and UCSF’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies as well as independent non-profits like The Women’s AIDS Network, Health Initiatives for Youth, The San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Brooklyn Academy of Music, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and Film Biz Recycling.  She is committed to exploring how interdisciplinary collaborations can contribute to healthier, more engaged communities.