Filmmaker David Weissman’s Conversations with Gay Elders is a series of in-depth interviews and conversational documentaries focused on gay men whose journeys of self-discovery precede the era of Stonewall and gay liberation. It’s a cross-generational collaboration, in which 62-year-old Weissman (The Cockettes, We Were Here) works in partnership with gay men in their 20s and 30s as editors to profile gay men in their 70s and 80s. Conversations with Gay Elders explores how these men navigated being “different” long before there was any social or political context for a positive LGBT self-image.
The interview subject of this screening is longtime San Francisco resident Jack Lasner, now 89 years old. The editor of this piece is Oakland-based Ben Zweig, who most recently worked on the documentary, Dolores.
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