project leader
Valda L
13900 Shaker Blvd., # 316
(Ward 4)
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Production Schedule

the project

From Where We Stood: AIDS and the Culture Wars

Cleveland has a very rich story to tell about the AIDS crisis and the political battles. Our documentary will give previously unheard voices an opportunity to tell local their stories, in the national fight for LGBT equality.

Using both archival and contemporary footage “From Where We Stood: AIDS and the Culture Wars” reflects the LGBT history of 80s and 90s in the US, and gives a state-of-the-movement perspective at both the local and national level during the era.

Particular focus is given to the Midwest, including Cleveland, and New Orleans in the South. The film relects the nation’s climate of homophobia; the lack of civil rights protections; the lack of AIDS funding and support, and the constant physical and media attacks, orchestrated by the radical right.

In every city heroes emerged - these are just some of their stories.

the steps

Interviews are scheduled for July and August 2022 in Cleveland and October in New Orleans.

why we're doing it

LGBT+ voices have been consistently buried or erased from history.

The LGBT Legacy Project is part of a growing movement to find and preserve LGBT history and historical documents, so that queer voices can tell their own stories, from the past and into to the future.

The documentary will give previously unheard voices from the Midwest and the South, an opportunity to tell local stories, in the national fight for LGBT equality. In every city heroes emerged.  We are preserving some of their stories.


Disbursed budget 07.15.2022

TOTAL RAISED = $6,186.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $95.58

Original budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

Recording and Securing the video footage- $4,000
We need to purchase media hard drives to record the interviews on, and to make immediate backups on.
This will keep the interview footage safe and secure for editing and for the archives.  These will cost about $4,000.

One more interview -$2,000
We have enough funds for three interviews and need to do one more.
Each interview costs about $2,000. This includes equipment rental, director of photography, and crew members.



Production Schedule

We will start production in Cleveland this month and in August. We will be shooting in New Orleans in October.

Many thanks to all who have contributed. Your generosity means a lot.


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Wanda Davis
  • Dorothy C. Miller
  • Barbara Friedman
  • Meredith Holmes
  • Michael G.
  • Margarite B.
  • Anonymous
  • Jackie Wellman
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Mary Ann Jones
  • Betsey K.
  • Thomas G.
  • Anonymous
  • Jane R.
  • Anonymous
  • gail arnoff
  • Rachel Edds & Elliot Lieberman
  • Char Wells
  • Mike Brunstedt
  • Tracie Longpre & Nicole Dauria
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous