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"One of the 10 Best Films of the Year"
--LA Times, USA Today, Chicago Reader, Boston Globe
"One of the Best Films of the Decade"
--Village Voice, Utne Reader

Mark Massi (Left), Tom Joslin in Silvlerlake Life
(Photo Judy Linn)
A video diary of life with AIDS. Told with guts and humor by longtime lovers Tom Joslin and Mark Massi, this documentary celebrates the power of love in the face of a devastating illness. (99 min.)
Now on DVD

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Winner of:
  • The Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Independent Film
  • Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize
  • Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award
  • Peabody Award
  • Prix Italia, Best Public TV Documentary Worldwide, Rome
  • International Documentary Association Award, Los Angeles
  • Berlin Film Festival, Teddy Bear Award
Film Credits
Produced in association with Channel 4 Television, London with support from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Produced and Directed by Tom Joslin and Peter Friedman
Camera: Tom Joslin, Mark Massi
Music: Lucia Hwong
Co-producers Doug Black, Jane Weiner
Associate Producer/Sound Design: Matt Fassberg
Additional Camera: Elaine Mayes, Peter Friedman
Editor: Peter Friedman
Assistant Editor: Florence Fradelizi
Links to Reviews
David Ehrenstein's LA Times interview with Peter Friedman
Lisa Schwarzbaum’s Entertainment Weekly review
Books with chapters on Silverlake Life
The Autobiographical Documentary in America
Jim Lane
University of Wisconsin Press, 2002
Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories
Peggy Phelan, Routledge, 1997
Between the Sheets, In the Streets
Edited by Chris Holmlund and Cynthia Fuchs
University of Minnesota Press, 1997
Mirror Talk: Genres of Crisis in Contemporary Autobiography
Susanna Egan
The University of North Carolina Press,1999
Facing It: Aids Diaries and the Death of the Author
Ross Chambers
University of Michigan Press, 1998
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