Before You Know It


Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 112 minutes

Are the most terrifying words in the gay universe “Everyone gets old?” PJ Raval's wonderful documentary BEFORE YOU KNOW IT offers a heart-warming and heart-tugging look at the aging challenges unique to the gay community. Meet our three gay elder statesmen. First is Dennis, ex-military, wife deceased, family estranged. Dennis is just now, in his 70s, coming out as a cross-dresser publicly. At the Rainbow Vista Retirement Community, he finds acceptance and the courage to be himself. Next is Ty, an African-American living in Harlem who is setting up the very first gay booth at a Harlem street fair. Ty celebrates New York's gay marriage legislation by helping a friend marry his longtime partner. Finally there is Robert, owner of a drag bar in New Orleans. Robert is a legend and still struts the stage at his club. With courage, humor, and a lifetime of accrued attitude, these men offer us all a lesson in how to stare Father Time right in his ugly mug and still be fabulous doing it. Grey is beautiful. —C.R.

PJ Raval

Sara Giustini

Mike Simpson

Kyle Henry

Director Bio
PJ Raval is an ex-scientist who turned to cinematography and directing. He won the American Society of Cinematographer's 2005 Heritage Award. He has directed numerous award-winning short features. His first feature "Trinidad" won the Nesnadny+Schwartz Documentary Competition at the 34th CIFF.

Select Filmography
"Trinidad" (2008)—34th CIFF, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (2013)

Print Source

Untitled Gay LLC

This film is presented with the generous support of THE SANDYS FUND.

Community Partner

Cleveland LBGT Pride

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