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Run Time: 90 minutes
PAUL MONETTE: THE BRINK OF SUMMER'S END chronicles a life dedicated to creativity, political activism, and personal introspection. Monette, author of 16 books, including the groundbreaking "Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir" (1988) and "Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story" which won the 1992 National Book Award, grew up in New England. His idyllic boyhood, closeted adolescence, and bumpy rise to fame are chronicled through home movies, photographs, and interviews with the family and friends who knew him best. Filmmakers Bramer and Klainberg shot more than 30 hours of footage with Monette thorughout the last two and a half years of his life, revealing his journey with AIDS and the indomitable spirit that inspired those around him. Although the film resonates with historical significance, its power lies in a perfect blending of Monette's personal and professional lives, for rarely has there been a writer where the two were so intertwined. As should be the case, it is Paul who is most memorable in the film, with all his humor, courage, and bravado, and always his dedication to making the world a better place for all. - John Cooper, Sundance Film Festival
Narrator: Linda Hunt Readings: Jonathan Fried
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