Examining the lives of gay senior citizens, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, shines a light on these often overlooked members of the gay community. We look at the film and discuss it with director PJ Raval, and he also shares his documentary about the “sex change capital of the world,” Trinidad, Co.: TRINIDAD.
PJ Raval was named in Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 new faces of independent film 2006′ and Out Magazine’s ’100 OUT 2010.’ 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 first documentary feature, TRINIDAD 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 won the Cleveland International Film Festival Documentary Jury Award and currently can been seen on SHOWTIME as well as MTV’s LOGO network.
PJ recently completed BEFORE YOU KNOW IT his latest feature documentary following the lives of three gay senior men (SXSW world premiere, IFFBoston, San Francisco International). Slant Magazine hailed BEFORE YOU KNOW IT as an “…exemplary example of a documentary that successfully puts human faces on wider issues, eschewing polemics in favor of the personal.” indieWIRE described the film as “…a crucial new addition to the LGBT doc canon.”