Merce, Season 2, Episode 7

Directed by Tyne Firmin

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Merce is a hilarious, award-winning musical comedy series about a middle-aged, HIV-positive man living in New York City. He is unashamedly and flamboyantly gay, a Pollyanna who sees some events in his life through an MGM lens. Merce is bawdy, outrageous and fun, proving that…
Life can be positive when you’re positive!

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Director Biography – Tyne Firmin

Tyne Firmin is one of the founders of Skipping Boyz Productions, and the director and actor in the web series, Merce, winner of Best HIV/AIDS Content at the 2016 America’s Rainbow Film Festival and the Audience Award for Short Film at the 2017 Kaleidoscope Film Festival. Firmin was born in Cajun country in southern Louisiana and lived many years in the Midwest until finding home in New York City. Firmin has worked as a professional actor, director, producer and educator. He performed Off Broadway in Nora, The Crucible, and Biography, as well as the Kafkaesque musical Ministry of Progress. He also starred as Seymour in the European tour of Little Shop of Horrors. He was featured in the independent films Bob Funk and Boot Camp. Firmin trained with master acting teacher Fred Kareman, and worked with Fred’s wife Pamela Moller-Kareman in many productions at The Schoolhouse Theatre in Croton Falls, NY. Firmin also produced and directed the web series Manhattan Man-Travels. For his role as Mama in Merce, Firmin was honored with a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the NYC WebFest in 2016.

Director Statement

This provocative series is changing the image of what people think of when they picture someone with HIV. Merce is a modern story that educates, entertains, and shatters the stigma of HIV.
Season 2 weaves in social issues including: secondary conditions to HIV, U equals U (Undetectable = Untransmittable), PrEP, slut shaming, serodiscordant relationships, and gay marriage.

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