Supermodel Maggie Rizer returned to her hometown this week to begin working on an AIDS documentary being directed by Alexandra Kerry, the daughter of U.S. Sen. John Kerry.
The film, titled “Maggie and Me,” is being produced by AIDS activist Suzanne Engo, whose father is a former ambassador to the United Nations from the African country of Cameroon.
Engo founded the New York AIDS Film Festival, which was launched at the U.N. in 2003. The festival is committed to the celebration of life and the use of film and television as tools to fight HIV/AIDS.
The U.N. has thrown its support behind the documentary, which will explore how “the next generation” in the United States and Africa deals with the AIDS crisis, said publicist Hilla Narov.
Plans call for scenes to be filmed in Watertown and Cameroon, she said. The film is expected to be completed next year.
A clip from the film will be screened at the AIDS Film Festival in December in New York City, where Rizer will be honored for her work in increasing awareness and support for those with the disease, Narov said.
Rizer’s father died of AIDS in 1992 at age 38.
Rizer, a 1996 Watertown High School graduate, has appeared on the covers of Mademoiselle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Allure magazines.