Beautiful Work by Stu Maddux
Keep your eyes out for the new documentary by Stu Maddux, "Reel in the Closet". I just saw it screen at San Francisco's Frameline film festival. It is lovely! The film has some of the best archival footage of gay people from the 40's, 50's, and even the 30's. It includes a priceless interview with Jerome's friend Daniel Nicoletta explaining how he outed himself to his family (I won't spoil the surprise -- you'll just have to see the film for yourself).
Reel in the Closet is a benchmark I am using for my documentary film on Jerome Caja. Maddux's film unearths never-before-seen treasures from our queer history and pulls them together in a strong narrative arc. This is what I aim to do with Jerome.