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Eric Slade Biography

Eric Slade works as an independent film and video producer in San Francisco. His independent work focuses on the areas on human rights, health care and education. Slade graduated in film production from Emerson College in Boston in 1981. His work experience includes a staff position at WNAC-TVšs (CBS) "Nightscene," in Boston; field production for KATU-TVšs (ABC) "Faces & Places" in Portland, Oregon; and as a researcher on Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedmanšs PBS documentary Where Are We? Slade has also worked as a free lance director of photography and sound recordist for numerous clients including NBC television, E! Entertainment, Channel 4 (London), Levi-Strauss & Co., and Kaiser-Permanente.

His independent work includes Status and Style, a 30 minute documentary on Portland Architecture which received the Image Crossing Northwest award; Facing the Challenge Together, a documentary on HIV in the early stages of the epidemic; Safety in Numbers, an HIV education film used by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (honored by the University of Oregon Film Festival); and Acting Up for Prisoners, (co-produced with Mic Sweeny) a 30 minute documentary on health care for women in California prisons. In the area of health care Slade has produced over a dozen programs. His most recent production, The Case of the Missing Shots explains to adolescents the use of vaccinations. The program is scheduled for national distribution through Blockbuster Video outlets and through health departments across the country. Other organizations Slade has produced for include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UCLA School of Public Health, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, San Francisco Public Schools, Over 60 Health Center, Human Health Organization, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Kaiser-Permanente, American Institute for Foreign Study, The Management Center, and The Oakland Zoo. His work has received extensive recognition including First Place at the American Medical Association Film Festival in 1997, a Silver Apple from the National Educational Media Network, 1995 for Roll Up Your Sleeves, a Bronze Plaque from the Columbus International Film Festival, 1997 for Immunization Day; First Place at the Bologna, Italy AIDS Film Series for Acting Up for Prisoners, and Second Place for Safety in Numbers in the Frameline/SF AIDS Foundation Film Competition. His productions have screened at dozens of festivals around the world including festivals in Los Angeles; New York; Chicago; San Francisco; Bologna, Italy; Sydney, Australia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Acting Up for Prisoners is currently in distribution through Frameline in San Francisco. A number of health education programs are in distribution through The American School Health Association, the Immunization Action Coalition and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mic Sweney

Is an artist and activist living in San Francisco. His video (in collaboration with Eric Slade) has been exhibited internationally in such venues as The Guggenhiem Museum, The VIIIth International Conference on AIDS, and locally at Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, and the Eye Gallery. His artwork has been in exhibition in San Francisco with Visual Aid.

As an activist has been involved with the former ACTUP San Francisco as a member of the PISD Caucus and the Prison Issues Committee as well as the Propoganda Committee. He has been actively politically over the years campaigning for human rights issues, in solidarity with oppressed peoples around the globe as an anti-imperialist.