WHEN WE WERE LIVE is a feature-length documentary about the pioneers of Austin’s public access television in the 80’s and 90’s. Told largely through archival video, the film combines recent interviews with each character and video footage from their days on access. The result is five gripping vignettes covering different sides of the community and the era. Carmen Banana is a drag queen icon of the 80’s gay community who lost most of his film crew to a new virus called AIDS. Livia is a geophysics Ph.D. student by day and a foxy Elvira-esque call-in host by night. Keith Kritselis makes headlines after staging an on-air shooting, a la Orson Welles. Finally, a young music videographer named Dave Prewitt makes it his mission to start his own, better version of MTV, all focused on Austin music. Through each of their stories, we see the rise and fall of an era, the changing landscape of Austin, and the early roots of our current viral-video crazed world.
About the Filmmaker
John Spottswood Moore is an award-winning animator and documentary filmmaker. He most recently completed “Once Again,” a short documentary about his own childhood struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Moore has been awarded the Barbara Jones Media Award for excellence in disability broadcasting and is currently being exhibited by PBS Online. In 2012, Moore received an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas. He currently works as a video editor and producer.