We Were Here On-Demand
Posted on December 8, 2011 by A&U in Movies & TV, The Arts
Photo by Marie Ueda
On December 9, in honor of World AIDS Day, the AIDS-focused theatrical film We Were Here will make its pay-per-view and video-on-demand debut. A favorite of audiences and critics, We Were Here documents individuals responding to the early AIDS crisis in the U.S. Five witnesses tell their stories, creating a portrait of San Francisco’s gay community devastated by the disease. Archival film and video footage and photography bring to life the tragic scope of the impact and the compassionate response by a committed community of gay, lesbian, trans, bi and straight San Franciscans. In the face of seeming hopelessness and ostracization, their proactive, grass-roots efforts became a model copied by cities around the world. Hospices, AIDS charities, and humane support sprung from their hearts and minds and sweat.
“I think I understood even in the midst of the epidemic that there would come a time when these stories would need to be told, for the benefit of the tellers as well as the listeners,” David Weissman, the film’s director, says. “There is a pretty strong likelihood that each of us will be confronted with some unexpected crisis in our lives, possibly enormous ones. The individuals in the film are inspiring reminders that we do have inner resources that we can access, and that in creating community we can do beautiful things under terrible circumstances.”
We Were Here, from Red Flag Releasing, debuts on pay-per-view and video-on-demand services December 9, coinciding with the thirtieth anniversary of public knowledge about AIDS.
For more information, log on to www.wewereherefilm.com.