Film Director Timothy Chaffee, a Binghamton native and son of John Chaffee (long time SUNY Binghamton Professor) and the late Dr. Barbara Chaffee (local HIV/AIDS Doctor and Activist), is returning to Binghamton to create a locally focused and funded documentary on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Binghamton and the surrounding areas. The documentary will focus on the patients, family members, healthcare workers, legislators, and community leaders involved in the 1980/90s outbreak, tracing the long lasting effects of the disease both on a personal and community level.
If you have a story to contribute regarding the subject of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Binghamton, go to the Get Involved section of the website WildGeeseFilms.net to see how you can participate. Interviews & Testimonials will be handled with the utmost care and sensitivity for every subject’s privacy.
Says Tim Chaffee, "Because my mother isn’t here to guide me any more, I am reaching out to you – her friends, colleagues, former patients and family of former patients to help me tell this story. Because of the sensitivity around patients with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis (or any medical condition, for that matter), it’s not possible to simply google or knock on doors to find subjects, nor would I want to invade anyone’s privacy without his or her consent. Interviews & Testimonials will be handled with the utmost care and sensitivity for every subject’s privacy.
So I am asking you to come forward if you would like to share your experience. If you feel you have a story about your experience with HIV/AIDS that you are willing to share, or if you were a patient of Dr. Barbara Chaffee’s, or you volunteered, worked for or were a client of the Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP), please contact me. And if you know someone who might have a story they would like to tell me please direct them to this site. It is my hope that together we can tell the story of a community that my mother cared for right up until the very end."