The film was directed by Josh Rosenzweig, who is also senior vice president, original programming and development for here! (owned by the same parent company as The Advocate). Rosenzweig spoke to The Advocate when the film premiered last December and said he hopes the film jostles people out of their complacency about AIDS. He also revealed what he feels distinguishes 30 Years from other AIDS-themed documentaries. "It is a unique combination of interviews from medical experts, activists, and everyday people who were here on the ground in the early ’80s, working and living with this epidemic all around them — and these are the stories that we have not heard," he said. "We also felt that we wanted and needed to present the story in a somewhat matter-of-fact manner and let it speak for itself. Therefore, it is somewhat devoid of sentimentality. It’s not brutal, but I would say it is very frank."
The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented June 23.
For more information on 30 Years go here. Watch a clip from the film below.