We Were Here (film)

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We Were Here
We Were Here promotional image.jpg
Directed by
  • David Weissman
  • Bill Weber
Produced byDavid Weissman
CinematographyMarsha Kahm
Edited by Bill Weber
Music byHolcombe Waller
Release date
September 2011 (US)
Running time
90 mins
CountryUnited States

We Were Here is a 2011 American documentary film about the HIV/AIDS crisis in San Francisco.[1] The film, produced and directed by David Weissman with editor and co-director Bill Weber, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011, with its international festival premiere following at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2011. The theatrical premiere took place at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on February 25, 2011.

People interviewed[edit]

The film focuses on 5 different interviews of people that had a protagonist role during the epidemic. These people are, in order of appearance:

  • Ed Wolf, a counselor to many gay men[2]
  • Paul Boneberg, a political activist[2]
  • Daniel Goldstein, an HIV+ artist who lost 2 partners to AIDS[2]
  • Guy Clark, a dancer who ran a corner flower stand near the Castro, supplying flowers to many funerals[2]
  • Eileen Glutzer, a nurse who helped administer clinical trials for antiretroviral drugs[2]


We Were Here holds a 100% "certified fresh" rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a 94 rating on Metacritic, the highest among films of 2011.


Award Category Result Ref
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Documentary Nominated [3]
Dorian Awards Documentary of the Year Won [4]
LGBT-Themed Documentary of the Year Won [4]
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Documentary Nominated [5]
Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary Feature Nominated [6]
Mumbai Queer Film Festival Best Documentary Feature, Jury award Won [4]
Miami International Film Festival Knight Dox Competition, Grand Jury Prize Nominated [4]
Newport Beach Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Film, Jury Award Honorable mention [7]
Sundance Film Festival Documentary, Grand Jury Prize Nominated [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ a b c d e Stephen Farber (January 27, 2011). "We Were Here: Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Detroit Film Critics Society announces awards nominees; Take Shelter leads with six nods". Mlive. December 12, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Awards for We Were Here at IMDb
  5. ^ "23rd Annual GLAAD Media Award Nominees". GLAAD. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Take Shelter, The Artist top contenders for Spirit Awards". Los Angeles Times. November 29, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  7. ^ "2011 Awards". Newport Beach Film Festival. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2015.

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