Before You Know It
AMC Kabuki CinemasFri, May 3, 2013 6:00 PM Not Available
AMC Kabuki CinemasThu, May 9, 2013 5:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2013
Running Time:110
Original Language:English
Awards:GGA Documentary Feature Contender
dir:PJ Raval
prod:Sara Giustini
PJ Raval
cam:Mike Simpson
editor:Kyle Henry
mus:Jimmy Lavalle
source:Unraval Pictures
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PJ Raval’s powerful documentary Before You Know It dares to tackle a subject rare in cinema—the relatively unseen world of aging gay men. There is Dennis, a lonely, still-closeted 76-year-old cross-dresser from Niceville, Florida, estranged from his family and drawn to a gay retirement facility in Oregon. There is Robert, 73, extroverted longtime owner of Robert’s LaFitte, Texas’s oldest gay bar and longest -running drag show where all visitors, regardless of sexual orientation, are welcome and feel at home. And there is Ty, the sensitive, 60-something outreach manager of a gay senior advocacy center in Harlem, New York, who works to provide a safe place for elderly people to talk about their needs amid the backdrop of the New York Senate’s groundbreaking vote on same-sex marriage. All three remember the time before Stonewall, but are now experiencing a mindboggling and rapidly changing world where gay rights are front and center. At the same time, as the film movingly demonstrates, gay seniors are less likely to have health insurance, social services access or to have a caretaker if they fall ill. Before You Know It is poignant and insightful as it highlights the challenges and triumphs of an under-represented segment of the human community.
-Tim Sika
Additional Information

PJ Raval

PJ Raval grew up in Clovis, California and studied media art at the University of California, San Diego, and film production at the University of Texas, Austin. His many credits include shorts, underground films and features as a cinematographer, director and producer. He was cinematographer on the Oscar-nominated Hurricane Katrina documentary Trouble the Water (2008), received the Woodstock Film Festival’s Haskell Wexler Award for Cinematography for his work on Room (2005) and, with Jay Hodges, directed the feature documentary Trinidad (2008). His award-winning work has premiered at Cannes, Sundance and a number of international film festivals and has been shown on Showtime and MTV’s Logo Network.