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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot
90 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated
Armistead Maupin is of one of the queer community’s most beloved storytellers. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin follows his evolution from intolerant conservative to leader in the fight for gay rights. Much of the film centers on Maupin’s life as a writer, including his stint as a journalist that led him to create his serialized tales that first appeared in editions of the San Francisco Chronicle during the 1970s.
As the movie notes, Armistead Maupin “was one of those gay men who knew our lore.” This is a movie that celebrates gay lore and shares it enthusiastically. For younger members of the queer community, the film provides a glimpse into a world that shaped the culture and community we enjoy today. For those who lived through the 1970s and ‘80s, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin is a frank and funny reminder of what it meant to be LGBTQ in a time and place when acceptance blossomed. These qualities make it a great movie for fans and the unfamiliar alike.
Brimming with commentary from the likes of Laura Linney, Sir Ian McKellen, Neil Gaiman, Olympia Dukakis, Jonathan Groff, Amy Tan, and many more, Jennifer Kroot’s film does what Maupin himself does so eloquently: it tells stories that make us want to tell our own. See this movie with friends because afterward, you’ll want to spend time together laughing and maybe even crying while you reminisce about your own tales of lives lived.
— Jeff Paris
Winner: Documentary Spotlight–2017 SXSW Film Festival