According to research conducted by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles, there are an estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay or bisexual Americans over the age of 55. LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) seniors are five times less likely to access social services than their heterosexual counterparts, half as likely to have health insurance coverage, twice as likely as straights to live alone, and 10 times less likely to have a caretaker should they fall ill. In response to the inequities in care and resources, LGBTQ seniors have turned to each other for a solution. Some have organized to build or buy physical retirement facilities; others have worked within their cities and neighborhoods to create a network of support. The different retirement communities are as diverse as the people that make them up. Set against the backdrop of three unique retirement communities, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT captures the experiences of several gay seniors as they navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of their “golden years.”
BEFORE YOU KOW IT will be screening as part of hte 2013 Polari Film Festival. For more information, visit Polarifest.com
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Film Society. You can make a donation to this project using the form below. You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift to the Austin Film Society on behalf on the project. Since AFS is a non-profit organization, your donation may be deducted from your taxes as a charitable contribution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.
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$5,000 for post-production
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$5,000 for production
$250 in Kodak film stock
$240 in Alpha Cine Labs services
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Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2006 and Out Magazine’s "100 OUT 2010", PJ Raval discovered film and video after working with photography and media installation art. PJ’s latest film TRINIDAD (co-directed by Jay Hodges) is a feature documentary that uncovers Trinidad, Colorado’s transformation from Wild West outpost to “sex change capital of the world” and follows three influential transgender women who may steer the rural ranching town toward becoming the “transsexual mecca”. Called “a must see” by Ellen Huang (GLAAD), TRINIDAD recently won the Cleveland International Film Festival Documentary Jury Award and currently can been seen on SHOWTIME as well as MTV’s LOGO network. PJ’s previous films have won awards such as Best Narrative Short at the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Int’l Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the Cinematexas Int’l Film Festival, the Betty Nowlin Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, and the Director’s Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival. PJ’s short film LEAD ROLE: FATHER was nominated for the Golden Reel award at the VC Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and named the “programmer’s pick”. In 2004 PJ’s body of film work screened at the Artists’ Television Access (ATA) in San Francisco sponsored by the Alliance of Emerging Creative Artists (AECA), and then again in 2006 as part of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s Filmmaker Series. PJ has received 6 TFPF and Travel Grants for various projects.