Rob Epstein - Jeffrey Friedman Collection: Common Threads, Where Are We? (Blu-ray)
For more than 30 years, Oscar®-winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have borne powerful witness to gay life, creativity, and activism — documenting lost aspects of LGBTQ+ history and chronicling unfolding events with humor, compassion, and fierce urgency. The Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman Collection includes three of their most essential works in new restorations: Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (1989, winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature), Where Are We? Our Trip Through America (1992) and Paragraph 175 (2000). Common Threads uses the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt to explore the cross-section of identities affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as efforts to combat the stigma, misinformation, and political obstruction that deepened the crisis. Where Are We? Our Trip Through America follows Epstein and Friedman as they chronicle an 18-day road trip through the American south. They interview a large variety of people along the way, stopping to ask them questions about their hopes and regrets. Paragraph 175 fills a crucial gap in the historical record by revealing the lasting consequences of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals.
-Common Threads: Audio commentary by filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
-Vito Russo’s ACT UP Demonstration (1988)
-Then and Now (1981-2004, directed by Epstein and Friedman, 43 minutes)
-Vito Russo – pre-interview footage
-Where Are We? Deleted Scenes (with optional audio commentary)
-Paragraph 175 audio commentary by Epstein and Friedman
-Paragraph 175: Additional interviews with Phillippe Swab and Kitty Fisher
-Paragraph 175 Original Trailer
- Rob Epstein - Director
- Jeffrey Friedman - Director
- Dustin Hoffman - Himself
- Vito Russo - Himself
- Rupert Everett - Himself
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