New York artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, along with French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfield and Bobby Shriver of the (Product)RED Campaign, will be honored by the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) at the organization’s 10th annual gala on January 31, according to Variety. Presenters for the humanitarian fete, being held at Cipriani in midtown, include Marc Jacobs and Lou Reed (although the evening’s highlight may just be a special performance by none other than Barry Manilow!). There will also be a screening of a short film about amfAR’s history and accomplishments introduced by Tony Award-winning actress and amfAR trustee Natasha Richardson.
According to a statement from amfAR, Mr. Schnabel, Ms. Roitfield and Mr. Shriver are being honored for their “vital role in increasing AIDS awareness and accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research.” Mr. Schnabel’s 2000 film, Before Night Falls, tells the story of the gay Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, who in 1990 committed suicide in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment while suffering from AIDS.
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