We Were Here: AIDS in San Francisco

Posted on April 12, 2012 by

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In recognition of International Day Against Homophobia, AIDS New Brunswick in partnership with the New Brunswick Film Cooperative is presenting a screening of SUNDANCE Film Festival Selection”We Were Here”. The film will be shown at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, starting at 7 PM.

Filmmakers David Weissman and Bill Weber co-directed the 2001 documentary, The Cockettes, chronicling San Francisco’s legendary theater troupe of hippies and drag queens, 1969 – 1972. We Were Here revisits San Francisco a decade later, as its flourishing gay community is hit with an unimaginable disaster.
We Were Here is the first documentary to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco. It explores how the City’s inhabitants were affected by, and how they responded to, that calamitous epidemic.

Though a San Francisco-based story, We Were Here extends beyond San Francisco and beyond AIDS itself. It speaks to our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and to the incredible power of a community coming together with love, compassion, and determination.

“It’s impossible for a single film to capture the devastation wrought by AIDS, or the heroism with which many in the LGBT community responded to it. But director David Weissman’s documentary is such a powerful achievement because he just about does it.” Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly

“WE WERE HERE revisits the voices of a lost generation, and is a film that shook this young gay reviewer to the core, leaving a strengthened sense of historical rootedness and pride in my community that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” Jake Weinraub, TheWrap.com

Produced and directed by David Weissman
Editor/ co-director Bill Weber

“Of all the cinematic explorations of the AIDS crisis, not one is more heartbreaking and inspiring than WE WERE HERE… The humility, wisdom and cumulative sorrow expressed lend the film a glow of spirituality and infuse it with grace… ONE OF THE TOP TEN FILMS OF THE YEAR.” Stephen Holden, New York Times

Check out these interviews with the director: http://wewereherefilm.com/interview-with-the-director/

PRESS KIT: http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/_epk/Press_Kit_WWH_011911.pdf

A suggested donation of $5 will be taken at the door. Donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt.

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