Monday, October 20, 2014

Filmmaker Stu Maddux Saving LGBT History

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Filmmaker Stu Maddux about his new documentary "Reel In The Closet” which takes a look for the first time at LGBT home movies dating back to the 1930s. These never before seen archival treasures are tragically being thrown away by friends and family who aren't aware of the hidden history they hold. Maddux has launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete this important film. Stu’s hoping that "Reel In The Closet” ignites a movement to preserve our LGBT history. We talked to Stu about the significance of "Reel In The Closet” and his spin on our LGBT issues.

When asked what his personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Maddux stated, “You get handed opportunities every once in a while to become involved in things and I was that person who always saw my gayness as secondary. I was the person who said this is not all of who I am but then you know the rest of the world started really getting interested in that part of my life and started legislating about it and debating about it and that’s when I realized it was becoming a big personal commitment. The way that I could help that civil rights movement was to do what I do which is to make movies about things that are really important to the civil rights movement, so it’s a really personal commitment. It’s about making your own life better. I’m just trying to make my own life better and those around me too.”

Stu Maddux is an award-winning producer and director of documentaries about LGBT aging and history. His last film “Gen Silent” puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic when LGBT seniors are so afraid of being subject to discrimination or worse in long-term healthcare that many go back into the closet. His interest in LGBT aging and history grew from his 2006 documentary, “Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure” about an army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together sixty years later. Maddux has evolved into an outspoken activist for LGBT elders and honoring their experience. He has addressed national conferences including the American Psychological Association, the American Society on Aging and Out & Equal. His latest project “Reel In The Closet” is about the importance to save and share the hidden history on the home movies and personal photos of LGBT people dating back a century. To complete his film in time for the 2015 film festival season he has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 by October 31st. This is a fabulous opportunity to get involved and help preserve our LGBT stories.
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