When We Rise will chronicle the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. The period piece will tell the history of the gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
Currently in production for ABC’s 2016-2017 Primetime Season.
Will be an eight-hour miniseries.
Written and executive produced by Academy Award-winning Milk writer Dustin Lance Black.
Also executive produced by the Bruce Cohen (Milk), Laurence Mark, and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, among many other films).
Cast includes Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters, Six Feet Under), Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds, Angels in America), Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential), Austin McKenzie, Emily Skeggs, and Fiona Dourif.
The miniseries is currently being shot in Vancouver and will move production to San Francisco on April 28th.
Kevin is playing Bobbi Campbell, an early United States AIDS activist. In September 1981, Campbell became the 16th person in San Francisco to be diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma. He was the first to come out publicly as a person living with the then unnamed disease. He became known as the “KS Poster Boy” (even appearing with his partner on the cover of Newsweek on August 8, 1983, marking the first time in U.S. history that two gay men appeared embracing on the cover of a national mainstream magazine), and wrote a column for the San Francisco Sentinel from January 1982 describing his experiences.
‘…with Robin Williams, whom Mr. Grace photographed in 1986 for the cover of Newsweek, [an] exchange of numbers turned out to be the start of a three-decade friendship and a uniquely intimate working relationship.’
Birds Flying Away - the black bird flying near the sun
Hell - the devil
Just - the song is originally by Radiohead– the guy laying down with a radio for a head.
Skyscraper - the skyscrapers
Punk Rock Girl - the girl with green hair – “We went to the Phillie Pizza Company (you can see ‘company on top) and ordered some hot tea. The waitress said “Well no we only have it iced” (they have iced tea), so we jumped up on the table and shouted “anarchy” (her anarchy tattoo).”
Linoleum - the floor and the dog named Bob pissing on it
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - The Newspaper is Newsweek “We was all on the cover of Newsweek…”
They Provide the Paint for the Picture-Perfect Masterpiece That You Will Paint on the Insides of Your Eyelids - “There is a man with no face” I feel like thats the guy with the sign on the sidewalk since you want see his eyes. “I passed a man on the corner in the city yesterday singing” ‘Yada yada yada and tomorrow it’ll never end’ “ His sign says ‘tomorrow it’ll end’; the opposite.
Red Rubber Ball - the sun looking like a red rubber ball
The Troubador - the grave with “Willie” written on it on the side of the rode
Such Great Heights - The song is originally by The Postal Service, and there is a mail box there.
Additionally, the license plate is 99SOR, there is a streetlight, and the sky is slightly tinted with swirls, making it clear that the blue swirls on the cover of Somewhere in The Between represents the sky/heaven in some way.
Newsweek cover shot, by Martha Swope, of Balanchine with Patricia Neary, Patricia McBride, Suzanne Farrell and Gloria Govrin, in 1964. I think this was taken in the New York State Theater, which was about to open.
Pat Neary is in costume for Divertimento #15, Pat McBride for Tarantella, and Gloria Govrin for Nutcracker (Dewdrop). I believe Suzanne Farrell’s pink tutu is from Scotch Symphony.
Donald Trump is once again making waves and teasing at a run for president, but 25 years ago he was on the cover of Newsweek for his money woes.
In an article about a growing nationwide push to raise taxes during the post-Regan era, Newsweek’s Rich Thomas reported:
“The Great Tax Revolt of the 1980s was largely a myth. Ronald Reagan’s rhetoric was more impressive than his actions. The Reagan administration’s income tax cuts were partly to set by increases in excise and other taxes—and by a huge jump in payroll taxes to fund Social Security. Tax relief has gone mainly to corporations and upper-income earners.”