Thirty four year old Alex Ghaffari is a survivor. One of 200 babies given HIV from a blood transfusion at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in the 1980's Alex is one of only 4 survivors. Alex Ghaffari is currently making a documentary film with the working title "The Forgotten" about the babies who were given AIDS tainted blood throughout the U.S. through transfusions related AIDS. www.forgotten-movie.com. After his birth and before anyone knew about his condition his single mother took him to England to live. A film producer Alex's mother hid his disease from him until he was 16 years old fearing that the knowledge of his HIV positive diagnosis would hurt him in life and destroy his childhood she gave Alex medications in a milkshake.
I live my life grateful that I am still alive. Because of my survival, I have to pay it forward after beating the odds. For all the people that are not here today it is my duty to tell the world of our great success. Our numbers are dropping and our notoriety is fading, and we risk no body knowing our story. The answers to all these questions must be realized.
ALEXANDER GHAFFARI 1958 South Robertson Blvd. STE 7 Los Angeles, CA 90034 (310) 801 9110 [email protected]
EDUCATION BACHELOR OF ARTS MAJOR: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (SPECIALIZATION IN PUBLIC SPEAKING) SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, San Francisco, CA 2002 - 2005
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS FILM PRODUCTION COLLEGE OF SANTA FE, Santa Fe, NM 2000 - 2002 EMPLOYMENT HISTORY LOBBYIST STEVE GRISSOM RELIEF FUND BILL LOS ANGELES, CA Nov 2005 – Present Currently lobbying politicians to promote and rally support for a bill to help HIV transfusion recipients from early 1980’s. These politicians include Representative Henry Waxman, Senator Barbara Boxer, President Barack Obama and Senator Diane Feinstein Arranged for two Los Angeles Times article by Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter in support of the Bill. Article published July 15, 2007 Entitled “The Forgotten Ones” and second article published March 10, 2012 by LA Times columnist Sandy Banks Producing documentary on subject of the Steve Grissom Relief Fund Bill which seeks monetary reimbursement to victims receiving pre-1983 tainted blood transfusions from prominent Los Angeles Hospital SOCIAL MEDIA SALES ASSOCIATE WORLD WIDE MEDIA LOS ANGELES, CA Aug 2012- Nov 2012 Built instant rapport and cultivate business-to-business relationships through sales calls Research best possible placement for customer satisfaction using Google Adwords SOCIAL MEDIA MANGER SEMPLIFIED LOS ANGELES, CA Jun 2012- July 2012 Managed and created new ways to promote business through social media Created sales presentations for business prospects and presented Social Presence Profiles ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE PHOTOGRAPHER GOOGLE SANTA MONICA, CA Nov 2009- Nov 2010 Promoted and market photo campaigns for Google Maps Liaison between marketing coordinator and third party businesses Promotion and sales of product campaign to promote the user experience on Google Recruitment and enrollment of Google project to local businesses Executed photo shoots on daily basis ASSISTANT ABLO LOS ANGELES, CA Nov 2008- Jan 2009 Ensured that all film prints were sent to contracted exhibitors (Sent 35mm film, trailers, promos) Copied Screeners, Stills, Key Art and trailers and sent them to appropriate countries Organized all titles within catalog of 3,000 film titles Cataloged and recorded all material sent and received through foreign customs ASSISTANT SALES AND MARKETING COORDINATOR REVELATIONS ENTERTAINMENT SANTA MONICA, CA April 2007- Dec. 2007 Introduced clients to new projects. Oversaw sales in Far East, Turkey, Israel, Eastern Europe Managed all market preparation including Cannes Film Festival appointments, press kit preparation and key art pre-sale campaigns Served as head office coordinator at the Cannes Film Festival duties included clients scheduling introducing clients to new films and assuring that all appointments with clients were carried out according to schedule. ASSISTANT SALES COORDINATOR VOLTAGE PICTURES HOLLYWOOD, CA Sept 2006– Nov 2006 Established domestic, international and home entertainment marketing and publicity strategies in cooperation with Electric Entertainment Expanded comprehensive media relations and corporate communications strategies for Voltage Pictures Authored material for Voltage Pictures, including press releases, publicity materials, corporate information, executive biographies and film descriptions Promoted films at The American Film Market for prospective buyers COMPUTER SKILLS Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Sales Force
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