Documentary on LGBT seniors in competition at San Francisco film festival

Director PJ Raval

“Before You Know It,” a film that raises the curtain on a profoundly neglected segment of the LGBT community: its senior population, is in competition for the Golden Gate Documentary Feature Award at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival from April 25 to May 9.

Directed by FilAm filmmaker PJ Raval, the film examines the startling truth about LGBT senior: that they are five times less likely to access social services in comparison to their heterosexual counterparts and twice as likely to live alone. It introduces audiences to three men who exist behind these facts Despite all three being senior citizens, all of them are at different stages in life.

“Before You Know It” ventures into the unknown gay world of old age. “It shares inspiring stories of a past filled with lifelong loves, civil rights battles and family. It shows that the older gay man in the front of the bar might have a lot more to teach you and talk about than you might think,” according to a review in

PJ Raval, who was born in Princeton, New Jersey, but raised in Clovis, California, was named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100 2010” and Filmmakers Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2006.”

His past work includes “Trinidad” (2008), and The Christeene Video Collection. He is currently developing a feature fiction narrative with screenwriter and playwright Prince Gomolvilas and recently directed a segment of the 2011 remake of Richard Linklater’s indie classic “Slacker.”

Prior to his directing work, PJ was an award-winning cinematographer and earned both the ASC Charles B. Lang Jr. Heritage Award and the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography.

The film has the following screening schedules at Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco:

Friday, May 3rd at 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 5th at 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 9th at 5 p.m.

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