Synopsis by Mark Deming
In the spring of 1981, the Center of Disease Control first reported than an unknown illness impacting, the human immune system has been detected in a handful of gay men in the United States. It was the first public acknowledgement of what would come to be known as AIDS, and by the end of the decade it would become one of the most devastating and feared diseases in the world. AIDS would have an especially terrible impact on the creative community in New York City, with a number of noted artists, musicians, authors, directors and actors losing their lives after being exposed to the HIV virus. Ira Sachs, born in Tennessee, moved to New York City in 1984, and witnessed the impact of AIDS as he began working in theater and film. Last Address is a short tribute to the creative voices who were silenced by AIDS; the film consists of a series of images of the buildings where such artists as Robert Mapplethorpe, Klaus Nomi, Keith Haring, Norman Rene and many others were living at the time they died. Last Address was an official selection at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.