Another amazing, thought-provoking interview – this time with independent filmmaker David Weissman, who directed and produced “We Were Here,” the internationally acclaimed 2011 documentary about the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. David generously shared his insights and experiences as a filmmaker with us, from how his political and social activism led to making documentary films, to what motivates him to tell a particular story, to why he thinks telling stories about our shared history is important.
David Weissman is a multi-award winning independent filmmaker whose films have been broadcast domestically and internationally, and have been featured at countless film festivals, including Berlin, Sundance, and Telluride. www.wewereherefilm.com
Photo by Peter Berlin
WE WERE HERE
A Documentary by David Weissman
“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 Hererevisits 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.”