“WE WERE HERE” | writer-director, David Weissman
[PREMIERE SCREENING: Saturday, Jan. 22, 12:00 pm — Temple Theatre]
The biggest surprise was that I made it at all. I had been very ambivalent about making another documentary under any circumstances, certainly not one that would be dealing with such painful subject matter. The idea to make We Were Here came from a younger boyfriend, also a filmmaker, who hadn’t lived through those years, but had heard me speak many times of my experiences in San Francisco during the AIDS epidemic. I probably wouldn’t have thought of it on my own, but once the idea came up, it made perfect sense. My prior film, The Cockettes, was a love letter to San Francisco celebrating its exuberant rebelliousness; We Were Here is in a sense a follow-up, a love letter honoring San Francisco’s compassionate response during the darkest years of AIDS.