We Were There To Be There

World Music Film's Landscape

  • United States
  • 2021
  • 27min
  • DCP
  • Color, B&W
  • Documentary
  • Rock
  • 12
  • KP


Taking place as cuts to crucial social services loom under Ronald Reagan, two legendary punk bands come together to perform a show for patients and staff at a psychiatric facility. Captured on tape by seminal video art collective Target Video, We Were There Be There threads moments from the Napa State Hospital set with commentary from band members and those who witnessed it firsthand, providing a crucial backstory for the recording of one of the most iconic shows in the history of music. 



MIKE PLANTE makes documentaries about outsiders. He produced the feature Giuseppe Makes A Movie (2014), about trailer park underground filmmaker Giuseppe Andrews. It played Hot Docs, Los Angeles Film Festival, and Rooftop Films. 


JASON WILLIS is an award-winning multimedia creative professional located in Tucson, AZ. Specializing in directing, editing, video, and motion graphics, his diversified skills include stop motion, live-action, graphic design, photography, and animation production. 


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