The Unabridged Mrs. Vera’s Daybook

Directed by Robert James2022USA81 mins

Irrepressible joy and exuberant colors are rarely what comes to mind when thinking about the height of the AIDS crisis. Luckily, David Faulk and Michael Johnstone—a.k.a. Mrs. Vera and Mr. Tina—are living proof that incredible art can come from immeasurable loss.

Both long-term AIDS survivors and individually brilliant artists, this pair of San Franciscans were led by grief and uncertainty to create new and joyful art together. Using dime-store items to construct whimsical, outrageous, and explosively colored costumes, Mrs. Vera was born. Brought center stage by director Robert James (Verasphere: A Love Story in Costume, Frameline43), this vibrant portrait of Mrs. Vera practically jumps off the screen, wreathed in upcycled extravagance and ready to embrace community.

Archival footage and interviews with activists, artists, and members of the Verasphere enrich this layered and heartfelt exploration of how two survivors have grabbed onto life with both hands. Through the evolution of Mrs. Vera and the community she inspires, we experience the visible heart of a relationship that ultimately invites joyful celebration into every day lived.

Expected Guests

Robert James
Director
David Faulk
Subject
Michael Johnstone
Subject
Howard Grothe
Producer
Nick Blond
Co-Producer
Rudy Behrens
Cinematographer

Tickets

Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this screening.
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Director
Robert James
Year
2022
Country
USA
Running Time
81 mins
Language
English
Section
Streaming, Documentary Features, Captioned Films (Streaming)
Program Note Writer
Sophia Lanza-Weil
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