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SHOOT: ABC Mini-Series WHEN WE RISE Stages 1970s San Francisco Women’s Rally in Vancouver’s Victory Square

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Updated with casting news:

It was the women’s turn to fight for their rights on ABC mini-series When We Rise today. The production staged a 1970s San Francisco rally that devolved into a riot, filmed in Vancouver’s Victory Square.  Locals looked twice at the new palm trees placed around the Cenotaph. Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds, Angels in America) may have been there as  Roma Guy and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) as her wife, Diane, co-founders of the San Francisco Women’s Building. Or younger versions of their characters played by Emily Skeggs and Fiona Dourif. Carrie Preston as gay rights activist Sally Gearhart could have been there too.

Harvey Milk biopic director Gus Van Sant and scribe Dustin Lance Black reunited to produce the eight-hour ABC miniseries about the gay rights movement. Van Sant is directing the two-hour premiere.

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When We Rise started filming March 3rd and is expected to wrap around June 15th (dates subject to change) according to the Directors Guild of Canada-BC production list.

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