|Time:||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Location:||San Francisco Foundation - Koshland Room 225 Bush Street, 5th Fl, San Francisco|
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We Were Here, directed by David Weissman, 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.
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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. Weissman was the first recipient in 1990 of the prestigious Sundance Institute/Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers, and was a 1992 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's James T. Phelan Art Awards in Film. Active in San Francisco’s indie film scene since the mid-1980s, David Weissman is best known as the producer/co-director of the feature-length documentary, The Cockettes. In the mid-90s David became interested in HIV prevention policy, and independently produced a groundbreaking series of Public Service Announcements that specifically addressed the complex emotional and psychological stresses facing HIV-negative gay men living in the midst of the epidemic. In 1998 David teamed up with his friend Bill Weber to co-direct the feature length documentary The Cockettes. Recipient of the LA Film Critics Award as Best Documentary of 2002, The Cockettes premiered at Sundance, was released theatrically, and was licensed for broadcast by The Sundance Channel, Logo, and the BBC. The Weissman/Weber team reunited in 2008 to begin work on We Were Here.