About the Filmmakers

David Weissman, producer/ co-director – is a multi-award winning independent filmmaker whose films have been broadcast domestically and internationally, and have been featured at countless film festivals, including Berlin, Sundance, and Telluride. Weissman was the first recipient in 1990 of the prestigious Sundance Institute/Mark Silverman Fellowship for New Producers, and was a 1992 recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s James T. Phelan Art Awards in Film. Weissman directed the popular trailer for the 1995 SF International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival featuring Marga Gomez and Lulu in an “I Love Lucy” parody. He recently produced, wrote, and directed “HIV: un-infected does not equal un-affected”, a trailblazing series of eight 30-second AIDS prevention TV spots.

Bill Weber and David Weissman

Filmmakers Bill Weber (Left) and David Weissman

Bill Weber, editor/co-director – has been a video editor for over twenty years editing innovative commercials, music videos, special effects and a variety of long form projects for film and television. He recently retired as Vice President/Director of Editorial at Western Images, a high end post-production house in San Francisco, to work on THE COCKETTES. Weber’s recent commercial work includes work for Pepsi, Coke, Ford, and AT&T . His music video work includes Alanis Morrisette, Sting, The Grateful Dead and The Cars. Mr. Weber also has a long history of psychedelic drag.

Weissman and Weber bring highly complementary assets to this project. Weissman’s background in production, his writing skills, and emphasis on clarity of content and message is perfectly balanced by Weber’s sophisticated and imaginative visual vocabulary and post-production expertise. And both Weissman and Weber share a tremendous affection for this story, and a commitment to preserving the extraordinary historical legacy of The Cockettes.