Filmmaker Explores “Normal” Life as HIV-Positive Man from the Midwest

This summer, a documentary filmmaker from Normal, Illinois, got in touch with GLAAD to help with media relations around the World AIDS Day premiere of his documentary, "Electric City-Far from Normal." The filmmaker, Dennis Neal Vaughn, tells his story in the autobiographical short film. The film follows Vaughn as he journeys from a small-town boy from the rural Midwest, to a gay man coming to terms with his own HIV diagnosis and moving across the country to San Francisco. Dennis and "Electric City-Far from Normal" have been receiving media attention back in Normal, and beyond. Today an interview with Dennis will run three times on the local Central Illinois NPR affiliate. The movie's premiere tonight will be followed by a candlelight vigil to commemorate Worlds AIDS Day. All proceeds from the film will go to local HIV/AIDS service organizations, the majority of which are located in central Illinois.