Jennifer Kroot & Bill Weber; 2017; USA; 91 min.
Co-directors Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber (previous collaborators on TO BE TAKEI) open our festival with this delightful documentary about Armistead Maupin, one of the world’s most beloved storytellers and creator of Tales of the City. Both poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, this disarmingly frank look at Maupin’s life and work follows his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. His first TV writing gig working for archconservative Jesse Helms was a challenging task, especially given his father’s disapproval of his choice to embrace life as a proud and loud gay man. From the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of ’70s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture wars, animator Grant Nelleson’s funky and f lorid graphics punctuate the gorgeous archival footage and photographs. Endearing interviews with Armistead Maupin, Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen, Amy Tan, and Margaret Cho add to the narrative.This story of stories is a true gift, reminding us that community is to be cherished, and that each and every one of us has a significant role to play in its creation.
OPENING NIGHT GALA
Come out and play as the 22nd festival kicks off with DJs, food, and drink provided by our generous sponsors. Ticket or pass required.
472 1st Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE: BILL WEBER
VULGAR LANGUAGE, NON-EXPLICIT SEXUAL SITUATIONS