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David France

Director of Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague"; Award-winning Journalist, Best-selling Author

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 David France Biography

Filmmaker David France is the director and co-writer of the Oscar-nominated and critically-acclaimed, How to Survive a Plague, the documentary about the early years of the AIDS epidemic. The film earned him The John Schlesinger Award (given to a first-time documentary or narrative feature filmmaker) from the Provincetown International Film Festival. He is also a best-selling author and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in national publications, such as New York magazine, Newsweek, The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and GQ. He has appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss the scientific basis that homosexuality is genetic. France is an ideal keynote speaker for colleges and universities, corporate diversity in the workplace programs, gay and lesbian conferences and events, AIDS conferences, and film and journalism schools.

How to Survive a Plague premiered as an official selection at Sundance Film Festival and made many year-end Best Films lists: Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Time, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, and the New York Times. France was hailed as the best new filmmaker of 2012 by the International Documentary Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Film Critics, and Boston Online Film Critics, among others.

How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

A veteran journalist, France is a contributing editor for New York magazine and was senior investigative editor at Newsweek until 2003. He is also the author of critically-acclaimed, best-selling books. Our Fathers, an investigation into the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis, was published to critical acclaim and was adapted by Showtime for a film of the same name. The film received Emmy nominations and a Writers Guild of America Award. The Confession, which he wrote with the former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey, was a New York Times best seller. In addition to Our Fathers, other films have been developed from his work: Thanks of a Grateful Nation, a controversial Showtime miniseries about the first Gulf War; the Peabody Award winner Soldier’s Girl, about a private’s murder.

A 2007 article France wrote for GQ, “Dying to Come Out: The War On Gays in Iraq”, won a GLAAD Media Award. He spent a year with the family of a boy who committed suicide and undertook a forensic approach in an article about it for the Ladies’ Home Journal. The piece, entitled “Broken Promises”, which he wrote with Diane Salvatore, won a Mental Health America ‘Excellence in Mental Health Journalism’ award in 2008.

Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, France now lives in New York City and the Catskills, in upstate New York.

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Speaking Topics
  • How to Survive a Plague: Screening, Lecture, and Discussion

  • The Legacy of ACT UP: How AIDS Went from a Death Sentence to a Manageable Condition

  • Gay Diversity in the Workplace: What Employers and Employees Need to Know About Homosexuality

  • Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal

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David France

Director of Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Survive a Plague"; Award-winning Journalist, Best-selling Author

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David France Biography

Filmmaker David France is the director and co-writer of the Oscar-nominated and critically-acclaimed, How to Survive a Plague, the documentary about the early years of the AIDS epidemic. The film earned him The John Schlesinger Award (given to a first-time documentary or narrative feature filmmaker) from the Provincetown International Film Festival. He is also a best-selling author and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in national publications, such as New York magazine, Newsweek, The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and GQ. He has appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss the scientific basis that homosexuality is genetic. France is an ideal keynote speaker for colleges and universities, corporate diversity in the workplace programs, gay and lesbian conferences and events, AIDS conferences, and film and journalism schools.

How to Survive a Plague premiered as an official selection at Sundance Film Festival and made many year-end Best Films lists: Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Time, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, and the New York Times. France was hailed as the best new filmmaker of 2012 by the International Documentary Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Film Critics, and Boston Online Film Critics, among others.

How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions – ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) – whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

A veteran journalist, France is a contributing editor for New York magazine and was senior investigative editor at Newsweek until 2003. He is also the author of critically-acclaimed, best-selling books. Our Fathers, an investigation into the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis, was published to critical acclaim and was adapted by Showtime for a film of the same name. The film received Emmy nominations and a Writers Guild of America Award. The Confession, which he wrote with the former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey, was a New York Times best seller. In addition to Our Fathers, other films have been developed from his work: Thanks of a Grateful Nation, a controversial Showtime miniseries about the first Gulf War; the Peabody Award winner Soldier’s Girl, about a private’s murder.

A 2007 article France wrote for GQ, “Dying to Come Out: The War On Gays in Iraq”, won a GLAAD Media Award. He spent a year with the family of a boy who committed suicide and undertook a forensic approach in an article about it for the Ladies’ Home Journal. The piece, entitled “Broken Promises”, which he wrote with Diane Salvatore, won a Mental Health America ‘Excellence in Mental Health Journalism’ award in 2008.

Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, France now lives in New York City and the Catskills, in upstate New York.

David France Speaking Topics

  • How to Survive a Plague: Screening, Lecture, and Discussion

  • The Legacy of ACT UP: How AIDS Went from a Death Sentence to a Manageable Condition

  • Gay Diversity in the Workplace: What Employers and Employees Need to Know About Homosexuality

  • Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal

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  • How to book David France?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David France for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for David France, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David France or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book David France?

    Booking fees for David France, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David France, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for David France?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David France for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David France for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David France or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David France or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

David France is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book David France for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. David France generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are David Mixner, Jeff Jarvis, Tom Leopold, Montel Williams and Mary Karr. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David France for an upcoming event.

David France Speaking Topics

  • How to Survive a Plague: Screening, Lecture, and Discussion

  • The Legacy of ACT UP: How AIDS Went from a Death Sentence to a Manageable Condition

  • Gay Diversity in the Workplace: What Employers and Employees Need to Know About Homosexuality

  • Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal

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