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September 6, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Hilferty learned some harsh realities about AIDS and homophobia in 1985 when his lover, film scholar Tom Hopkins, got sick and died. "Everything bad that could happen to two gay men happened," the 29-year-old filmmaker said. "Tom's family disowned him. The insurance company refused to pay for drugs. I was evicted from our apartment because society refused to acknowledge the validity of our relationship."
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September 6, 1991 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Hilferty learned some harsh realities about AIDS and homophobia in 1985 when his lover, film scholar Tom Hopkins, got sick and died. "Everything bad that could happen to two gay men happened," the 29-year-old filmmaker said. "Tom's family disowned him. The insurance company refused to pay for drugs. I was evicted from our apartment because society refused to acknowledge the validity of our relationship."
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September 24, 1991 | ROBERT KOEHLER
The legacy of Vatican II, Catholicism's 1965 call for a church-wide commitment to social action, has created a dramatic schism that "Faith Even to the Fire" (at 10 tonight on KCET Channel 28) doesn't make as scorching as the title suggests.
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September 16, 1991 | JANE HALL JANE HALL..BD: TIMES STAFF WRITER
In contrast to the public rebuke that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony delivered to KCET Channel 28 for broadcasting "Stop the Church," a 24-minute film that criticizes Catholic policies toward AIDS and homosexuality, the film's presentation on WNET here Friday night drew no reaction from Cardinal John O'Connor.
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April 25, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Phillip B. Roth's "I Was a Jewish Sex Worker" is as funny and outrageous as its title, but at the same time it's serious and painful. It takes its title from a period in the filmmaker's life when he worked as an erotic masseur in Manhattan, and Roth includes more graphic glimpses of precisely what this involves than some viewers will feel necessary. (Consider yourself warned.) Roth, however, is determined that his documentary will be a no-holds-barred quest for self-discovery.
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December 2, 1992 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Ending a yearlong dispute with Cardinal Roger M. Mahony over televising a documentary that assailed the Roman Catholic Church's response to AIDS, KCET Channel 28 has revised its broadcast guidelines and pledged to offer a "balance of views" in all future programming.
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August 14, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Stop the message! That's what the Public Broadcasting Service is conveying to America with the yanking of "Stop the Church," a short film that captures the rage and desperation driving a 1989 demonstration in New York by the AIDS advocacy group Act-Up against elements of the Catholic Church and Cardinal John J. O'Connor. Some of Robert Hilferty's film makes you squirm. But that's exactly what challenging TV is all about. "Stop the Church" was to have aired Aug.
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November 30, 1991 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On Sunday, KCET Channel 28 plans to air a half-hour program about church leaders--mostly Catholic--who are reaching out to help the Latino community cope with AIDS. But the Archdiocese of Los Angeles--still smarting over KCET's decision to air the short film "Stop the Church," about a demonstration by AIDS activists at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York--says the new program will not serve to mend fences.
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August 6, 1997 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Worshipful TV executives continue to seek divine guidance at the altar of the CBS super hit "Touched by an Angel." The industry's growing chumminess with religion in prime time charges boldly forward this fall when ABC sends its new drama series about a rebellious young Catholic priest before the archdiocese of public opinion. Although yet to air, "Nothing Sacred" already has been touched by anger.
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September 9, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
Curious that it would happen this way, but, broadly speaking, everyone acted correctly: * KCET Channel 28 was correct to air a controversial film showing a 1989 demonstration by gay activists angrily denouncing the Catholic Church for its positions on AIDS and homosexuality. Despite charges to the contrary, the film basically does little more than document a militant, sometimes abusive protest and the rage and frustration behind it, with raw power compensating for cinematic coarseness.
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September 6, 1991 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, angered at KCET Channel 28's refusal to pull a controversial film on the church's response to AIDS, Thursday called on Southern Californians to consider withholding contributions to the public television station. While Mahony accused the station of surrendering to "blackmail" by gay advocates, KCET officials vowed to air the program as scheduled tonight at 10:30.
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