Yes I Am - The Ric Weiland Story

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Documentary Feature

United States, 62 Minutes
Director Aaron Bear
Producers Aaron Bear, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Wes Hurley, Matty Brown
Cast Bill Gates, Zachary Quinto, Gil Bar-Sela

Narrated by Zachary Quinto and produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (World Of Wonder), the story of Ric Weiland’s life and legacy can be measured in incredible milestones.

He was one of the first employees at Microsoft. He helped focus and organize their early successes. It made him wealthy and influential at an early age. He never felt overly comfortable with his wealth - he didn’t feel that he deserved it. Other people had worked harder for what they had, he thought. So to quiet the nagging doubt, he turned to philanthropy.

Out and proud since the 70’s, Ric was a champion of gay rights. During his life, he donated more than 20 million dollars to fund more than 60 non-profit organizations. His efforts to establish representation and resources for the LGBT community still have a profound impact today.

He also lived through the AIDS epidemic. Painful losses tempered his social life, and focused his resolve to give back to his community during a time when they desperately needed hope. Like so many of his friends, he was diagnosed with HIV. It seemed he wouldn’t emerge from the crisis unscathed emotionally, or physically.

As his wealth and influence grew, Ric seemed to slip further into self-doubt, depression, and a kind of impostor-syndrome that seemingly no one could talk him out of. It was clear to see from the outside looking in that he was a brilliant, impactful, and beloved person. Where was the disconnect in his own heart and mind?

It’s difficult to overestimate the impact that Ric had. Technology, gay rights, HIV/AIDS research funding… and the list goes on. He was one of the greatest philanthropists in American history. A founding member of one of the biggest companies on earth. But he couldn’t manage the pain and doubt within his soul.

Near the end of his life, he wrote, “I’ve lost interest in fighting my depression and other emotions. I can’t see how it would end given my circumstances.”

It’s a chilling reminder that no matter how much success one finds - everybody desperately needs help… geniuses included.

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Narrative Short

United States, 12 Minutes
Directors Katie Ennis, Gary Jaffe
Producers Emily McCann Lesser, Katie Ennis
Executive Producer Leslie Sholl Jaffe
Cinematographer Jonathon Millman
Music By Julian Cassia
Composer Julian Cassia
Cast Wayne Wilcox, Igby Rigney, Stephanie J. Block

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Documentary Short

USA, 17 Minutes
Director Jennifer Bartels
Producer Jennifer Bartels
Executive Producer n/a
Cinematographer n/a
Composers Patrick Cowley, Lily Bartels, Patricia Lesinski, Kevin Graham, Chad Crouch
Cast Lily Bartels