March 18 – 29
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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 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.
"Trinidad" (2008)—34th CIFF, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (2013)
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This film is presented with the generous support of THE SANDYS FUND.
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