Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

‘When We Rise’ to film in the Castro

Filming for the ABC TV miniseries When We Rise will take place in San Francisco’s Castro district Saturday, May 7.

The film, which is based on the upcoming memoir of Harvey Milk confidante Cleve Jones, covers the lives of Jones and others who helped lead the LGBT rights movement from the 1970s through today.

The scene shot Saturday will be “of a man riding a bike up a hill,” location manager Heather MacLean said in a bulletin posted in the Castro this week. Filmmakers have requested a street closure from 7 a.m. to noon for 20th Street between Collingwood and Eureka streets, and Diamond Street between 19th and 21st streets.

“Residents will be allowed through our closure, but please identify yourself as a resident” to police, MacLean said in her announcement.

“No parking” signs will be posted in the area to make room for cars from the 1970s and to make sure no modern cars show up in the scene.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this temporary filming activity may cause. … We are here to answer any concerns that you may have and will work to treat your neighborhood with respect,” said MacLean, who provided the email address ( and phone number (415-554-6241) for the city’s Film Commission, among other contact information.

Recent filming has included a recreation of the White Night Riots at City Hall. The 1979 riots involved fiery battles between police and residents that erupted after a jury convicted Milk assassin Dan White only of manslaughter, rather than murder.

Milk became the first out LGBT elected official in California when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977. White, a former supervisor, assassinated Milk and Mayor George Moscone in City Hall in November 1978.

After Milk’s death, Jones, who lives in the Castro, went on to become a well-known AIDS and labor activist, founding the AIDS quilt. His book is set to be released on his 62nd birthday, October 11.

Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the 2008 Milk biopic, also wrote the screenplay for When We Rise.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 5, 2016 @ 2:57 pm PST
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