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Our special guest today is Robert James, award winning LGBTQ filmmaker whose work is steeped in San Francisco culture. His outstanding documentaries, celebrated around the world, often explore themes of queer identity, activism, and community. His films bring to life people and souls who might otherwise be forgotten, but were in their own rights dynamic creative human beings with creative contributions for the world.
Today we will be talking about Robert's newest release,“The Unabridged Mrs. Vera’s Daybook” which tells the brilliant story of historic activism, love, and community art through the works of two prolific San Francisco artists, David Faulk and Michael Johnstone, who also happen to be long-term AIDS survivors and extraordinary activists who were instrumental in ACT UP and the NAMES Project (culminating in the March On Washington/installation of Aids Quilt in Washington, D.C.). During one of the darkest periods in US History, these two men decide to bring all the joy and color to a broken community for which an entire movement has emerged. Taking to the streets bedecked in glitter, baubles, and recycled plastic, the two form a cadre of colorful kindred spirits they call Verasphere, lead by the indominable Mrs. Vera.
With co-host Brody Levesque