Production Biographies

About the Filmmakers

Peter L. Stein is producer, director and writer of The Castro, which was awarded a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. He is the Executive Producer of KQED's series Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco, whose episode on "Chinatown" debuted on PBS in 1997 and has won a CINE Golden Eagle award and a Northern California EMMY. Since 1988 he has been a staff producer and executive producer for KQED, where his recent national credits include "Green Means," three series of short documentary profiles of environmental success stories (winner of the Silver Apple from the National Educational Film and Video Festival); "Today's Gourmet" and "Jacques Pépin's Kitchen" five popular 26-part cooking series (winner of the James Beard Award for Best Cooking Program); and "The de' Medici Kitchen," 13 episodes plus a one-hour documentary on the food and culture of Italy.

Prior to beginning his work at KQED in 1988, Stein worked as an EMMY award-winning producer for KPIX (CBS/San Francisco). In 1989 he took a brief leave from KQED to work as a radio correspondent in Cambodia. His stories aired on "Monitor Radio" and NPR's "Marketplace."

Stein is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University and a third-generation San Francisco native.

David Condon (Associate Producer) has been the Associate Producer and chief archival researcher for The Mission and Chinatown, the first two episodes in KQED's historical series, Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco. Prior to his work at KQED, Condon was part of the research and production team at WGBH Boston, where he worked on such documentaries as The Kennedys for The American Experience, the science series Discovering Women, and the 10-part series Rock and Roll. He is a graduate of Harvard University with honors in American History.

Dawn Logsdon (Editor) is a San Francisco-based editor and filmmaker. Her editing credits include the documentaries Teaching Tolerance and School Colors (contributing editor). Her film Tomboy, which she directed and edited, was screened in the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Production Credits

Produced, Written and Directed by Peter L. Stein
Associate Producer David Condon
Edited by Dawn Logsdon with Laurie Schmidt
Camera Greg King
Original Music by Miriam Cutler
Narrated by Terri Orth-Pallavicini
Contributing Producer Jim Yager
Videotape Editor John Andreini
Unit Manager Jolee Hoyt
Graphic Design Margaret McCall and Alan Voorhees
Creative Consultants Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Music Consultation Robert Zaborny
Audio Eric Shackelford, Helen Silvani, Birrell Walsh, and Jerry Jarocki
Post-Production Audio Mark Escott/Robert Berke Sound
Floor Director Randy Brase
Production Support Michael Jortner, Louise Runge, Veronica Savage, Frances Miller, and Deborah Reichman
Publicity Tina Bachemin
Actors Ken Ruta and John Wolfe
Film Transfers Video Transfer Center and Monaco Labs
Archival Sources: Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California, San Francisco History Center, S.F. Public Library, S. F. Bay Area Television News Archive, Rink Foto, Daniel Nicoletta, KRON-TV, Victor Barbieri, John Callan, Don Eckert, Frameline, Karen Hanning/Mitchell Family, Max Kirkeberg, Dennis Lewis, Mark Hopkins Hotel, Ed Muckerman, Harold T. O'Neal, Mary Ragusin O'Shea, Gerry Reynolds, Gary Schneider, The Westin St. Francis Hotel, Louis Wolfson II Media History Center, and D.H. Wulzen/Frank E. Wulzen

"I Left My Heart in San Francisco"
written by G. Cory and D. Cross
courtesy of Movieplay, S.A.

"Over the Rainbow"
written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg,
performed by Judy Garland,
courtesy of MCA Records
by Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets

"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"
written by Sylvester James and James Wirrick,
performed by Sylvester,
courtesy of Fantasy Records

"Take Me to Heaven"
written by Morey Goldstein and Ken Kessie,
performed by Sylvester,
courtesy of Unidisc Music, Inc.

"Macho Man"
written by J. Morali, H. Belolo, V. Willis and P. Whitehead,
performed by the Village People,
courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.

Special Thanks: Ernie and Martha Astin/Cliff's Variety, Rick Bacigalupi, Dan Bellm and Yoel Kahn, Lita Byrd/The Men's Room, David Couch and Nancy Halloran, Steve Davidson, Arthur Dong, Eureka Valley Alumni Assn., Family Link, Cafe Flore, Barry Gruber, Trevor Hailey/Cruisin' the Castro Tours, Richard Haremas, Marc Huestis, Paula Jabloner, Gerard Koskovich, Ron Lanza/Josie's Cabaret and Juice Joint, Supervisor Susan Leal, Michael Lumpkin/Frameline, Metropolitan Community Church, Anita Monga/Castro Theater, Maven Monson, Guy Morrison, Most Holy Redeemer Church, Muscle Systems, The NAMES Project, Jenni Olson, Phatima, Ken Schneider, Michael Schwarz, Oren Slozberg/LYRIC, Sherry Thomas, Jim Van Buskirk and Susan Stryker, Welcome Home Restaurant, Kathi Wheater, Helene Whitson

Advisers: Allan Bérubé, Phyllis Burke, Jewelle Gomez, William Issel, Jonathan Katz, Max Kirkeberg

Executive in Charge of Production Kevin Harris

Executive Producer Peter L. Stein

Funding for The Castro is generously provided by:

Pacific Bell, James C. Hormel, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, The Durfee Foundation, The Mary A. Crocker Trust, The R. Gwin Follis Foundation, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Richard Mac Almon and Michael DeZordo, The Morris Stulsaft Foundation, California Council for the Humanities, Chevron, Robert W. Hofer, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Alvin H. Baum, Jr. Rudolph W. Driscoll, Sr., Ayse and Bob Kenmore, The Advocate, Gerald B. Rosenstein, Library Foundation of San Francisco, Charles Q. Forester, Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, PBS,
and hundreds of individuals throughout the Bay Area community

A Production of KQED, San Francisco © 1997 KQED, Inc.