An HIV Rock Band Documentary

$1,600 of $40,360 goal

Raised by 16 people in 10 months
Created March 10, 2018
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.

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The project is broken down into two main parts --  a documentary and album, and a cinematic musical docu-drama.

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.


The primary focus of this campaign is to document the performances and recording of 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 and record a live world premiere of 'Lost in Love' at the World AIDS Conference in Amsterdam this July (AIDS 2018) to thousands of people.  My band in Toronto includes Kobena Aquaa-Harrison on guitars and Bryant Didier on bass.  Jazz legend Earle Davis on trumpet and synth is joining us from Detroit.  

Our Ugandan backup singers ~ also HIV positive ~ will join us for the live premiere and we will record the live album as we perform at AIDS 2018.  'Lost in Love' the documentary and the album 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 June 30th, 2018 ~

$10,000 - Musician Fees and Rehearsals
   $5,000 - Filming costs
   $1,500 - Adminstration Costs
   $1,500 - Publicity and Marketing Costs
   $4,800 - Flights to AIDS 2018
   $8,360 - Accommodation for AIDS 2018
   $4,000 - Flights to Uganda
   $2,000 - Merchandise
   $3,200 - Misc.
$40,360 - TOTAL COST


Once the documentary and album Lost In Love are finished and distributed, 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.


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.


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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Update 3
Posted by Tim Bartsch
8 months ago
Hi Everyone! It's been awhile. I have been busy building my team in order to make this project happen, and in doing so, the project has evolved. Cutting costs in order to appeal to investors and make the project more feasible meant scrapping the idea of doing a studio recording (for now), but to focus on the documentary aspect of this incredible process may just be much more appealing to potential investors. Please, check out the new wording of the campaign, and please share again!!
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Update 2
Posted by Tim Bartsch
9 months ago
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,

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Update 1
Posted by Tim Bartsch
9 months ago
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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