"After three long years of research, interviews and writing, it’s now time to leave home and shoot When We Rise,’ Dustin Lance Black said recently according to the Gay Star News wrote. And it does look like quite the shoot!
In fact, Black and Gus Van Sant have brought a San Francisco institution back to life on set for their eight-part documentary mini-series which got the green light from ABC last year. That's the Black Cat, a queer haunt and home to many local gay luminaries like Jose Sarria, who would nightly lead the assembled bar-goers in a rendition of "God Save the Queen" with the lyrics "God Save Us Nelly Queens." The Cat was known for holding its ground against the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission and the SFPD despite their campaign of harassment against its patrons.