WE WERE HERE
Screening and Panel Discussion
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2022
Doors at 6:15pm
Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)
ABOUT THIS EVENT
The Little Theatre, in partnership with the Memorial Art Gallery, River Campus Libraries, and ImageOut, invite you to a special screening of the documentary We Were Here in conjunction with the Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster exhibition, on view at the Memorial Art Gallery through June 19. The film will be followed by a panel discussion discussing Underrepresentation of BIPOC Communities in HIV/AIDS Films.
ABOUT THE FILM
David Weissman’s critically-acclaimed 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominee, WE WERE HERE 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.
Offering an intensely personal account of five individuals whose lives were forever transformed by the tragedy of AIDS, WE WERE HERE offers a hauntingly beautiful tribute to an era of tremendous suffering, loss and resilience, speaking 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.
1 hour 30 mins | Documentary | 2011 | USA
English | Not Rated
Directed by David Weissman
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
- Host | Tamara Leigh (she/her)
QTPOC/BIPOC/LGBTQ+ Educator, Activist and Advocate Tamara Leigh has dedicated her life to championing causes that create safer spaces for the Black and Brown Queer community in Rochester, NY and beyond. Leigh is the Creator and Editor of Blaque/OUT magazine and a full-time professional DEI Consultant with Blaque/OUT Consulting.
- Ajay Shepard (they/them)
I have worked in health care for the last 10 years and recently with a focus on HIV treatment/prevention. I have worked as an advocate for HIV positive patients to ensure their treatment cost will be affordable. I’m also a long term survivor of HIV and work to build connections with other people who are positive to build a support base/network.
- Jessica Lacher-Feldman (she/her)
Jessica is the exhibitions and special projects manager, and is curator for aids education posters, and theater collections at ur’s river campus libraries’ department of rare books, special collections, and preservation. She is an expert on exhibit development in archives and special collections libraries, and has over 20 years of experience working as a cultural heritage professional.
- Dr. Scott Hartman
- Michael Gamilla (he/him)
Michael Gamilla has served as Programming Director of ImageOut: The Rochester LGBTQ+ Film Festival for nearly two decades, receiving both The Little Theatre Friend of Film and Empire State Pride Agenda Outstanding Community Champion awards. He has sat in international LGBTQ+ film juries, including Berlin, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Cardiff.
- Thomas Warfield (he/him)
A celebrated dancer and choreographer, Thomas has served as a professor and as director of Dance for the past 20+ years at Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Warfiield established The New York State Association of Teaching Artist and The Arts Diversity Network at R.I.T. and chaired the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.