A new documentary about the Microsoft programmer and LGBTQ pioneer Ric Weiland is narrated by Zachary Quinto.
Did you know that one of the greatest philanthropists in American history was an out and proud gay man? The documentary Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story, chronicles the life of the brilliant programmer and queer pioneer who was one of the earliest employees of Microsoft. The film will play at will play at the Provincetown Film Festival from June 16 – June 26, 2021.
Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story directed by Aaron Bear (Finding Kim) is narrated by Zachary Quinto, who reads from Weiland’s real-life journals. One of the many voices featured in the film include Bill Gates, who discusses how Ric’s legacy and his fortune have gone on to fund so many LGBTQ organizations and activism in the community to this day.
Out and proud since the ‘70s, Ric was a champion of gay rights. During his life, he donated more than $20 million to fund more than 60 non-profit organizations. His efforts to establish representation and resources for the LGBTQ 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…