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On the eve of 1987's Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, surviving families and friends of people who have died of AIDS prepare panels to be added to a large-scale memorial quilt project. Drawing from the sea of names memorialized, director Robert Epstein focuses on the lives of six people. Alongside the intimate profiles offered, through news footage and interviews, Epstein puts the AIDS crisis in the larger context of social and government response to the disease.

  1. Rob Epstein

    Director, Writer

  2. Jeffrey Friedman

    Director, Writer

  3. Cindy Ruskin


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  1. Dustin Hoffman

    Dustin Hoffman

    Narrator (voice)

  2. Sara Lewinstein

    Storyteller (Story Subject: Dr. Tom Waddell)

  3. David Mandell

    Storyteller (Story Subject: David Mandell Jr.)

  4. Suzi Mandell

    Storyteller (Story Subject: David Mandell Jr.)

  5. Sallie Perryman

    Storyteller (Story Subject: Robert Perryman)

  6. Vito Russo

    Vito Russo

    Storyteller (Story Subject: Jeffrey Sevcik)

  7. Tracy Torrey

    Storyteller (Story Subject: Self and David C. Campbell)

  8. Gregg Baker

    Self - News Reporter (archive footage)

  9. Gary Bauer

    Self - Policy Advisor to the President (archive footage)

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Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

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