Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Crystal City

Year: 2019
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 89 minutes

Crystal City
Crystal City
Crystal City
Crystal City


Some call the 21st century the post-AIDS years, thanks to activism and new medications. New York and other centers of gay life have new generations of LGBTQ people who feel free and safe. Over the years, however, another ravaging threat has continued to rise: crystal meth, a synthetic drug that found quick and willing harbor in the gay dance and sex club scene. Delivering a manic rush to intensify physical and sexual activity, addiction is almost instantaneous. This frightening but hopeful documentary explores the myriad causes and effects of crystal meth addiction, charting the long (and sometimes agonizing) path to recovery. The stories bravely told by these men, either recovering or currently using, are raw, shocking, and honest. Both a warning siren and a beacon of hope, CRYSTAL CITY focuses on LGBTQ people even though this crisis touches everyone. After surviving AIDS as a powerful and joyful culture, the gay community must once again unite against a new killer. —C.R.

CIFF43 Screenings

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 6:40 PM

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 3:15 PM

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 9:15 AM

Watch Out! (formerly 10% Cinema)

Global Health Competition

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Terrence Crawford

Terrence Crawford is a documentary filmmaker who began his career directing short documentaries in the San Francisco Bay Area. His early work includes pieces on medical research for the National Institutes of Health and communities in rural El Salvador. Crawford received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production from New York University.


Terrence Crawford, John Maidman, Mark Benjamin

John Maidman

Terrence Crawford

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

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