In 1992 the AIDS epidemic is raging uncontrolled in the US with almost 200,000 deaths to date. David Serko, age 32, is among those who tragically died that year.
Peter, his older brother, is at David’s bedside the moment he takes his last breath. In their final conversation David makes one request of Peter: “listen to your heart”. Devastated by David’s death yet inspired by his final request, Peter vows to one day tell his brother’s story.
Twenty years pass before Peter is able to make good on that promise. In 2012 he starts The David Serko Project with the goal of learning more about his brother’s life by finding people who knew David. Using Facebook Peter finds over 100 people who knew David, most he didn’t know.
Early in the Project a footnote link in a Wikipedia article leads to a previously unknown photograph of David being arrested at protest in 1988. The discovery is a transformative event in the life of the Project. Peter eventually finds the photographer who took the photo, they meet face-to-face in late 2012.
Peter realizes the only way to tell David’s story is in the theater, onstage as a play. With no theatrical experience Peter writes a solo performance play and begins performing it. He takes the play to his home town, to a theater where David performed early in his career. Among those in the audience is the photographer who took the arrest photo in 1988, camera in hand.
Release date: February 2017
Director: Peter Serko
Editor: Peter Serko
Writer: Peter Serko
Producer: Dancing Man Productions