Sandra's Web

**HBO Broadcast/ Official Selection, Denver Int'l Film Festival/IDA Nomination, Maggie Award (Planned Parenthood) **

NY Times Review: "an extremely affecting glimpse of a mother's love for her 8-year-old daughter. In this case, though, the mother, Sandra Billups, is a 29-year-old Staten Island woman dying of AIDS. She is eager to complete a videotape for young Yolanda, whom she addresses as a very independent person who "had to grow up fast." Her life was a matter of surviving an abusive father, foster homes, two group homes and a couple of shelters. "You get caught up in the system," she says, and especially if you're the quiet type, "you get forgotten.' Yolanda's father died of AIDS when she was a baby. Grim statistics and details, no doubt about it. Yet this video vibrates with love, contributed not only by a terminally ill mother and her adorably bright daughter but also by the people around them, at an organization called Project Hospitality, offering support and reassurance. At Ms. Billups's funeral, the female minister speaks of "Charlotte's Web" and how Charlotte found a new home for her baby spiders before she died. Ms. Billups had arranged for Yolanda to be adopted by a health-services aide who became a friend. Spirited Yolanda doesn't hesitate when asked about what Sandra left behind: "She gave us love." "Sandra's Web" gets its story and message across beautifully. No talk-show host squeezing the obvious, no studio audience offering pointless applause and worthless advice."

Sandra's Web

**HBO Broadcast/ Official Selection, Denver Int'l Film Festival/IDA Nomination, Maggie Award (Planned Parenthood) **

NY Times Review: "an extremely affecting glimpse of a mother's love for her 8-year-old daughter. In this case, though, the mother, Sandra Billups, is a 29-year-old Staten Island woman dying of AIDS. She is eager to complete a videotape for young Yolanda, whom she addresses as a very independent person who "had to grow up fast." Her life was a matter of surviving an abusive father, foster homes, two group homes and a couple of shelters. "You get caught up in the system," she says, and especially if you're the quiet type, "you get forgotten.' Yolanda's father died of AIDS when she was a baby. Grim statistics and details, no doubt about it. Yet this video vibrates with love, contributed not only by a terminally ill mother and her adorably bright daughter but also by the people around them, at an organization called Project Hospitality, offering support and reassurance. At Ms. Billups's funeral, the female minister speaks of "Charlotte's Web" and how Charlotte found a new home for her baby spiders before she died. Ms. Billups had arranged for Yolanda to be adopted by a health-services aide who became a friend. Spirited Yolanda doesn't hesitate when asked about what Sandra left behind: "She gave us love." "Sandra's Web" gets its story and message across beautifully. No talk-show host squeezing the obvious, no studio audience offering pointless applause and worthless advice."