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Silverlake Life: The View from Here Details

  • Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Genres: Biography, Culture & Society, Illnesses & Disabilities, Marriage & Commitment
  • Director:Tom Joslin, Peter Friedman

FULL SYNOPSIS

After he was diagnosed with AIDS, film director and one-time UCLA film professor Tom Joslin decided to closely document his and his lover Mark Massi's experiences. The film follows his day to day life as he struggles to cope with the disease and its ravages. One particularly difficult section covers the lovers' journey to New Hampshire for what turns out to have been a final Christmas celebration with Joslin's family, which has kept Massi at arms-length for the twenty two years he has been Joslin's lover. As the film progresses, it becomes clear that the only factor which has made the experience at all bearable is the love between the two men. When Joslin dies, the filming continues, showing how his corpse is handled. His friend Peter Friedman continues the documentary to include the ironic aftermath of Joslin's death, in which Massi is welcomed into his lover's family. There are no overt political statements in this documentary; it is a virtually pure record of the two men's experiences as one of them is dying. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival Peter Friedman Freedom of Expression Award 1992 Winner
Sundance Film Festival Peter Friedman Grand Jury Prize - Documentary 1992 Winner

Cast

Crew

Tom Joslin
Director
Peter Friedman
Director
Tom Joslin
Producer
Peter Friedman
Producer
Peter Friedman
Cinematographer
Lucia Hwong
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Friedman
Editor
Doug Block
Co-producer
Jane Weiner
Co-producer
Matthew Fassberg
Associate Producer
Tom Joslin
Camera Operator
Mark Massi
Camera Operator
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