From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. From Ruins They Rise, is the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.


Drawing upon unprecedented insider access to ACT UP's founding members, as well as their unique archives and action footage, A LOTTA NERVE examines not only the mechanics, actions and international rise of ACT UP, but also offers first-hand insight into the essential and individualized human factor of the emotional impact of this movement and the experiences of its members, as a result. Although A LOTTA NERVE tells how a rag-tag bunch of queers acted up, failed to stop an epidemic, and, in the process, changed your life, it is also a universal testament to the power of the individual to effect lasting, lifesaving change. A LOTTA NERVE is currently in pre- production.