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Silverlake Life,

the view from Here

"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

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Mark Massi (Left), Tom Joslin in Silvlerlake Life
(Photo Judy Linn)

watch the film for free here
watch the epilogue for free here

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.)

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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 Block, Jane Weiner
Associate Producer/Sound Design: Matt Fassberg
Additional Camera: Elaine Mayes, Peter Friedman
Editor: Peter Friedman
Assistant Editor: Florence Fradelizi










Links to Reviews

SILVERLAKE LIFE Peabody Awards acceptance speech



David Ehrenstein's LA Times interview with Peter Friedman

Lisa Schwarzbaum's Entertainment Weekly review

Joshua Kaplan's August 12, 2019 review on Hyperallergic

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Robert Atkins, Viillage Voice

TV Guide (Cinebooks Database)

Center for Social Media


Silverlak Live radio interview KCET-2006-Interview












Books with chapters on Silverlake Life


The Autobiographical Documentary in America
By Jim Lane
University of Wisconsin Press, 2002

Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories
By 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
By Susanna Egan
The University of North Carolina Press,1999

Facing It: Aids Diaries and the Death of the Author
By Ross Chambers
University of Michigan Press, 1998

How to Buy:

To purchase a vhs videocassette or a dvd in North America call 1-800-314-8822

or go to

Schools and libraries can purchase public performance licenses by contacting @Docuseek

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