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Ithaca College to Screen 'Rock The Boat' for World AIDS Day

 ITHACA, NY — In observance of World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1, Ithaca College will show the documentary “Rock the Boat,” the story of a crew of HIV-positive sailors who enter the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race. Part of the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series, the showing will take place at 7 p.m. in Textor 103. It is free and open to the public.

In an epic adventure on the high seas, the crew journeys 2,200 miles from California to Hawaii in one of the fastest and most hazardous boat races in the world. Aboard the aptly named Survivor, the sailors reveal how the disease affected their lives and loved ones, and how their determination fuels their drive to finish the race despite the growing strife on board and the unyielding, ferocious weather. A suspenseful sports film, “Rock the Boat” is also a personal movie about living with HIV in the 90s.

Campus groups concerned with issues of HIV/AIDS will be doing informational tabling at the screening. The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services, with support provided by the Jack Dembow Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit