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Q&A with MUCH ADO ABOUT DYING Filmmaker Simon Chambers, Co-Presented by SAGE

Saturday, March 16

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Moderated by Michele Giordano, Executive Director, SAGEVenture

SAGE is the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older people. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBTQ+ older people and their caregivers. SAGE also advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBTQ+ elders, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBTQ+ community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging, and cultural competency training through SAGECare. Learn more at 

Simon Chambers taught disadvantaged teenagers in London for 14 years before turning his hand to films. In 2006, with his first feature EVERY GOOD MARRIAGE BEGINS WITH TEARS, he realised that he had a knack for making the kind of documentaries that people want to watch. EVERY GOOD MARRIAGE… was shown on BBC Storyville, and on TV in around 30 countries. In 2009 he completed the feature length documentary COWBOYS IN INDIA which has also won several prizes and has shown on TV in UK, USA and India. In 2010 he moved to New Delhi where he taught at an Islamic university. In 2015 he moved back to London to become the carer for his uncle, David Newlyn Gale, a retired gay actor who was living in squalor and needed support. When Uncle David died in 2020 Simon decided to make a film from the footage they had shot together.

Michele Giordano (she/her) is the Executive Director of SAGEVenture, the social enterprise division of SAGE. SAGEVenture creates new, innovative programs, products, and offerings with forward-looking sustainable funding models. Michele has extensive experience with mission-focused start-ups and nonprofits leading expansion efforts across the U.S. and globally. Previously, Michele was the Senior Vice President of Digital Crisis Services at The Trevor Project. In this role, she led an international team that provided 24/7 chat and text crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ youth. Michele’s global expertise includes scaling initiatives in France, Israel, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela. Michele has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and a BA in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University.


Supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant

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