June’s: An HIV+ Eatery

//  04.25.18


Casey House, Canada’s first and only standalone hospital for those living with HIV/AIDS, has launched June’s, a documentary directed by Academy Award nominee Hubert Davis (Untitled Films). The film spotlights 14 brave people living with HIV/AIDS who challenged stigma by cooking at the world’s first HIV+ eatery that popped up in Toronto last November. Named in honour of Canadian activist and Casey House founder June Callwood, June’s HIV+ Eatery was launched in partnership Chef Matt Basile (of Fidel Gastro’s) who trained the 14 HIV+ patients-turned-cooks, most of whom had no previous kitchen experience. Together, they served 300 diners over three days – this journey is chronicled in the moving documentary.

The “Break Bread Smash Stigma” campaign and restaurant launched a movement and ignited a global conversation about the miseducation and stigma that still exists around HIV/AIDs. This documentary is an intimate look at the cooks and how participating in this initiative changed their lives. Each chef has a unique and personal story that reveals their humanity and sheds light on the realities of the impact of peoples’ perceptions of those living with HIV/AIDs.

The pop-up was the creation of Toronto-based sister companies Bensimon Byrne, Narrative and OneMethod. June’s, the documentary, will be shown on HBO Canada and the “Break Bread Smash Stigma” campaign has already won a number of awards including a D&AD Pencil and it will be honoured at the One Show.

Credits are at the bottom of this page.







June’s: An HIV+ Eatery
Client: Casey House
Chief Executive Officer: Joanne Simons

Agency: Bensimon Byrne/Narrative/OneMethod
Executive Creative Director: Joseph Bonnici
Creative Directors: Gints Bruveris, Meredith Klapowich, David Mueller, Laura Serra
Executive Producer: Michelle Pilling
Project Manager: Ashley Belfast
Production Coordinator: Daniel Rankin
Camera: Julian Peter
Second Unit Camera: Lulu Wei
Second Unit Producer: Caroline Clarke, Katie Link
Strategist: Aurora Stewart de Peña

Director: Hubert Davis
Production Company: Untitled Films
Director of Photography: Jesse Louttit, Chris Romeike
Executive Producers: Tom Evelyn, Jason Friedman
Assistant Camera: Alex Bros, Alex Dametto, Raj Nandy
Sound: Sanjay Mehta, Dave Dunlap, Mike Filippov
Production Assistant: Michael Mandarano

Editor: Michelle Czukar
Editorial Company: Rooster Post
Executive Producer, Offline: Melissa Kahn
Assistant Editor: Mikaela Bodin
Post Production Intern: Sarah Carlisle

Online and Visual Effects: Fort York VFX
Flame Artist: James Marin
Executive Producer, Online: Sam Mclaren
Producer, Online: Armen Bunag

Post Production: Alter Ego Post
Colour Artist: Eric Whipp
Producer, Colour: Jane Garrah
Colour Assistant: Mariya Guzova

Music and Sound Design: Berkeley
Audio Director: Jared Kuemper
Engineers/Editors: Jack Emblem, Tyler Young

Photographer: Matt Barnes, Westside Studio

Music By: Sizzer Amsterdam
Music Producer: Kenma Shindo
Music Supervisor: Niall Rogers

Head Chef: Matt Basile
Chefs: Kerrigan Beaver-Johnson, Guy Bethell, Louise Binder, Allan Carpenter, Muluba Habanyama, Christian Hui, Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, Carlos Idibouo, Mikiki, Kenneth Poon, Greg Robinson, Ron Rosenes, Trevor Stratton, James Watson

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