Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives



1997 American Feature

Cast: John Burnside, Nathaniel Dorsky, Sally Miller Gearhart, Elsa Gidlow and Harry Hay
Directors: Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein, Lucy Massie Phenix and Veronica Selver

Synopsis:
Twenty-sex interviewees, of various ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, relate their their experiences as gay men and women.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 76%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Books: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • The first feature-length documentary about lesbian and gay identity made by gay filmmakers, Word is Out had a large and pioneering impact when it was originally released and became a paragon of the emerging gay rights movement of the 1970s.
  • The film's six directors were known collectively as the Mariposa Film Group.
  • The interviews from the film were transcribed into a book of the same title, which was published in October 1978. The book also details how the film and book were created. It was one of the very first gay-focused nonfiction books sympathetic to gays published in the United States. It reached many people who were unable to view the film, and remained a popular gay nonfiction text for many years, helping many gays and lesbians realize that they were not alone.
  • For Word is Out's 30th anniversary, a restored 133-minute version of the film (produced by Outfest and the UCLA Film and Television Archive) was screened at the 2008 Frameline Film Festival.

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