"True Life: I'm Coming Out" - MTV: Thursday, June 27 at 10pm
- "True Life: I'm Coming Out"
Thursday, June 27th at 10:00pm
Length: 45 minutes
Over the last decade light-weight video equipment has
allowed documentary makers easy and unobtrusive access
to the human experience, an advancement poignantly
illustrated by one of the non-9/11-related
documentaries in the Festival. With the most intimate
revelation between two people considered fair game by
filmmakers - nurtured first on An American Family and
later the reality movement of the 1990s, spearheaded
by - The Real World - MTV producer Lucia Engstrom
uncovers the most sensitive of interactions between
parents and children in "True Life: I'm Coming Out".
She details the lives of four young people as they
struggle with their decision to tell their families
that they are gay. Her camera is present to capture
that telling moment that will change the lives of all
involved; these 'home movies' speak to the issue of
gender and difference that so many families are trying
MTV filmmaker Lucia Engstorm explores the pain,
anxiety, and courage of four young people as they
struggle with their decisions to tell their families
that they are gay. Her compelling portraits of these
individuals - A Filipino-American high school soccer
star from California: (also, class president), a
teenager who wants to escape from her conservative
Texan upbringing (she's from Midland); the
quintessential Mormon who tried electroshock therapy
to change his orientation; (he makes his own homemade
video of his burn scars...he's too embarrassed to have
another human being see this); and the all-American
boy from New Jersey who had to imitate the masculine
traits of other boys in high school - profoundly
illustrate the emotional repercussions that follow...
The premiere of this important documentary was last
Wednesday, May 8th at the Festival of The Museum of
Television & Radio, which is here in the city on 52nd
Street. It was part of a festival series ... funding
provided by Hearst Corp, HBO, Channel 13 (our PBS),
various private Foundations, etc.
This particular moving and illuminating documentary
has the vision and prophetic voice that is currently
missing from so many of our cultural institutions.
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