*Conversations with Gay Elders

Paul Chin
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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 63-year-old Weissman (The Cockettes, We Were Here) has been working 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.
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The interview subject of this screening is longtime San Francisco resident Paul Chin, now 88 years old. Paul was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1929, giving him a unique window onto mid-century gay life in The City.  The editor of this piece is Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michiel Thomas, whose recent documentary Game Face is currently streaming on Netflix.
Co-sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society.
Photo credits: Banner image: David Weissman pictured with Michiel Thomas; inset image of Paul Chin; photos courtesy of David Weissman.
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