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My HIV Story In Music and Film

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My name is Tim Bartsch.  I have been living with HIV for more than 21 years now.

Not until this year did I have the consent of the professor who infected me to tell this story.

This project is designed to bring the story of how I contracted HIV to life through Music and Film, telling the story of how I was infected with HIV, and what living with it has been like for me.  My journey as a boy and man has evolved to a point where my experience has driven me to find ways to unite, support, overcome, and share this knowledge and wisdom to help others live full and meaningful lives in harmony and peace with the rest of the world.

I invite you to learn about, contribute to, and share my project with your friends, everywhere.

[For video: Please click on Subtitles/Closed Caption]


The project is broken down into two main parts -- an album/soundtrack, and a documentary film.

I have been producing various musical/rock opera versions of my story since 2005, however, the stars weren't aligned until now for a professional rendition.

PART ONE - LOST IN LOVE

The primary focus of this project is to fund to my rock opera's overture album 'Lost in Love'.

This is where your support is vital, and where you have an opportunity to help us take advantage of an amazing opportunity.

It is our intention to give a live (and live-streamed) world premiere of 'Lost in Love' at the World AIDS Conference in Amsterdam this July (AIDS 2018) to thousands of people.  Most of my band is based in Toronto, Canada, so we need to have them prepared and recorded before then.

Our Ugandan backup singers ~ also HIV positive ~ will join us for the live premiere and will record the remaining tracks at AIDS 2018.  'Lost in Love' will then be released internationally, in part to support phase two of our project.  Part Two will be a separate campaign.

Costs of 'Lost in Love' album so far: 

    $800 - 2015 Preparatory Concert for AIDS 2016
 $2800 - AIDS 2016 in Durban, South Africa
 $2200 - Ugandan Backup Singers Costs since 2016
 $1200 - Website, Promotional Videos
 $3500 - Website Design and Maintenance
 $1200 - Publicity and Marketing
    $800 - Toronto Band Members R&D

$12,500 - Total

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO (and WHEN is it needed by):

FUNDS REQUIRED by May 31st, 2018 ~

$10,000 - Toronto Musician Rehearsals/Recording
   $5,000 - Toronto Recording Costs
   $1,500 - Adminstration Costs
   $1,500 - Publicity and Marketing Costs
   $4,800 - Flights to AIDS 2018
   $3,000 - Accommodation for AIDS 2018
   $2,000 - Amsterdam Recording Costs
   $2,000 - Post Production Costs
$10,200 - Release, Touring and Distribution Costs
  
$40,000 - TOTAL COST

PART TWO - SOUTHERN TIME

Once Lost In Love is finished, it is my intention to move to this second part of the project, to film a fully-produced version of my story as a cinematic docu-drama about me and the Southern Time journey.

For more information about Southern Time, the band members, our intentions and stories ~ click here.

ABOUT HIV

HIV is not the disease it used to be. People living with it are now living full and productive lives, and are in serodiscordant (where one person is positive and the other is negative) relationships because of U=U (undetectable viral load = untransmittable), and other scientific advances, yet the STIGMA from having HIV still remains and hurts.  Oh God, does it hurt.

This is where projects like mine come in -- to show the world that people living with HIV are not victims, are not criminals, that we are capable, responsible, and living and loving life to the fullest even in the face of life-altering challenges.

If you've ever wanted to make the world a better place, now is the time to act and contribute to this campaign. Any amount large or small is immensely appreciated, as is your sharing with others.

ABOUT ME 

Southern Time was a dream I wanted to be realized not long after testing positive for myself and the world, to live in peace, prosperity, and harmony, for all.  At age twenty, as a relatively-privileged Westerner, overnight I experienced destitution and despair.  Though I may not have had much time to live, let alone ever love or be loved again, I wanted my life to make a difference, to mean something.

I started writing songs and eventually wrote a rock opera, telling how I acquired HIV, and what living with it has been like.  I produced a multi-media stage production in 2005, in Vancouver, and have since been aspiring to make it in its intended form ~ a cinematic docu-drama ~ which has taken the form of a trilogy.

This has led to many iterations and failed attempts, relative to the first production, but the stars weren’t aligned until this year.  The problem was, I was trying to do it all on my own.  But I now have a team.  Southern Time isn’t about me, it’s about our world, and about everyone who unduly suffers.

And, it’s about people living with HIV.  I read a book once saying that ‘HIV was sent to humanity to teach us how to love’.  I agree.  It’s a story that has the power to change our world.  But, how that story turns out, how compassionately we all learn to live and love, will determine what kind of world we leave our children.


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Hello, sponsors and sponsor-to-be!! Hope you're all having/had a great day.

Update, my application (and my Ugandan backup singer's applications) to perform and present 'Lost in Love' in Amsterdam at AIDS 2018 this July was accepted! We're going!!!

So, the timeline of the album release will be as originally hoped and planned for -- sometime during the 2nd half of August this year.

Stay tuned... And,

THANK YOU ALL SOOO MUCH FOR SUPPORT!!!
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Hi Everyone!!

Thanks to all of you who donated, however large or small, Southern Time is a dream only We can realize.

Please share widely and encourage your friends to contribute. $585 of $40,000 so far, 2 months to go.

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