BIFF 2020
We Were Here

We Were Here

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Plague in the city of flowers

In WE WERE HERE we witness the violent eruption of the AIDS-epidemic in the gay community of San Francisco. The film follows the community through uncertainty and fear, but also chronicles how the community became unified through the battle against the disease. WE WERE HERE is an elegiac, but also warm story of how the AIDS-epidemic attacked and transformed the flourishing gay community of San Francisco.

David Weissman moved to San Francisco in 1975, and started taking filmmaking courses at City College of San Francisco in 1981. Much of his work has been influenced by the AIDS-epidemic. In addition to his own movies, Weissman has contributed to a number of other productions. He has also thought film classes at a variety of institutions.

After making a name for himself working with commercials and music videos, Bill Weber shifted his attention to documentary films. His documentary work includes the THE COCKETTES (2002), a film about a psychedelic drag queen troupe he co-directed with David Weissman.