Red Flag Releasing acquires Sundance doc “We Were Here”

David Weissman and Bill Weber's exploration of the huge impact of the AIDS epidemic on San Francisco's gay community in the 1980s will see North American theatrical release in September through the indie film distributor.
April 21, 2011

David Weissman and Bill Weber’s exploration of the huge impact of the AIDS epidemic on San Francisco’s gay community in the 1980s, We Were Here,¬†will see theatrical release in September through indie film distributor Red Flag Releasing (RFR).

The distribution company has picked up North American rights for the Sundance favorite. It will work with assorted partners, including the filmmakers, The Film Collaborative, New Video, and PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’ on a multi-platform “Distribution 2.0″ approach involving OnDemand, TV, DVD and digital downloads through spring 2012. A non-theatrical outreach/educational initiative will also be incorporated through New Yorker Films.

Founded by Paul Federbush, Laura Kim and Ron Stein, RFR also recently acquired the controversial doc 8: The Mormon Proposition.

Weissman and Weber also made the 2001 documentary The Cockettes, about the San Francisco theatre troupe of the late Sixties and early Seventies.

“I felt strongly that this film needed to be made by someone who’d lived through the onset of AIDS – the horror, and beauty – of those years,” said Weissman in a statement. “So it’s deeply gratifying to have partners in distribution who fully share my passion that this history not be forgotten.”

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