By Popular Demand, Return Engagement – September 30
Castro Theatre in San Francisco
Elmwood in Berkeley
From its New York and Los Angeles runs, “We Were Here” returns home to the Castro Theatre on September 30. WE WERE HERE is the first film 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 responded to, that unprecedented calamity. WE WERE HERE runs 90 minutes, is in English, and is not yet MPAA rated.
“We Were Here” tells an epic story through only 5 voices-organizer Paul Boneburg, florist Guy Clark, artist Daniel Goldstein, nurse Eileen Glutzer and volunteer Ed Wolf. All the interviewees lived in San Francisco prior to the epidemic-their relationships to The City formed in more exuberant times. Their stories of how the epidemic altered their lives are not only intensely personal, but also address the much larger historic and metaphoric themes-the political and sexual complexities, the terrible emotional toll, and the role of women-particularly lesbians-in caring for and fighting for their gay brothers. All five interviewees are available for press interviews.
“We Were Here” explores what was not so easy to discern in the midst of it all – the parallel histories of suffering and loss, and of community coalescence and growth. Despite legitimate fears of being forced back into the closet by AIDS, the gay community was in many ways greatly empowered by the challenges that the epidemic presented. Though a San Francisco-based story, the issues addressed in the film extend not only beyond San Francisco, but also beyond AIDS itself. “We Were Here” speaks to our societal relationship to death and illness, our capacity as individuals to rise to the occasion, and the importance of community in addressing unimaginable crises. http://wewereherefilm.com/