Our Chat With Robert Drake Shows Why His “Where I Am” Documentary Is One Of Frameline’s Most Inspirational Films By Kevin M. Thomas

"Where I Am"He’s articulate, gentle and intelligent. That’s what you get when you talk to author Robert Drake, the subject of the film
“Where I Am,” one of the best films playing at this year’s Frameline LGBT Film Festival. It screens at 1:45pm on Saturday, June 29 at the Roxie Theater.
We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Drake about the documentary. His tale is sort of hard to take: at the top of his career, he traveled to Ireland and was gay bashed and has been in a wheelchair ever since.
Drake’s Quaker faith and his overall glowing personality make one find inspiration from his near death experience. And it’s that faith that keeps his life moving forward.
“Where I Am” has Drake revisit the attack that has put him in the wheelchair – a visit that is literal and figurative, especially when years later Drake decides to go back to Ireland to ask for an apology from his two attackers who are now out of jail.
We learn in this beautifully photographed and told tale of what Drake has done since the attack. You can learn from our interview with Drake how he’s been able to remain positive since this occurred.
Additionally, the movie makes Ireland so beautiful that we asked Drake if they intentionally sought out picturesque locations a la the movie “P.S. I Love You” or if the settings were natural and organic. Drake also shares with us what his professional future holds.
Click on our interview to get the whole story. To get tickets for Saturday’s screening, go to www.frameline.org.

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  1. Ahmed Atkins says:

    Those of us who are disabled perhaps have the good fortune not to show it very much. But I can remember quite recently, as a patron of an organisation for the disabled in Oxford, talking to a young man in a wheelchair who has a degree from the Open University. Somebody came up and asked me, “Would you like a cup of coffee?” I said, “Yes”. “Would he like a cup of coffee?” I said, “Would you?” He said, “Yes”. She said, “Does he take sugar?” That is the sort of thing that happens. Of course it is funny unless you are in a wheelchair and, believe me, I am rather surprised that it does not cause some of the people to be so incensed that they get out of the wheelchair and strike the person. Certainly, however, that was an indication that somebody was trying.

  2. Laura Gates says:

    “Where I Am” has Drake revisit the attack that has put him in the wheelchair – a visit that is literal and figurative, especially when years later Drake decides to go back to Ireland to ask for an apology from his two attackers who are now out of jail.