Good movies move people. Granted, the emotional effect sometimes lasts no longer than the film itself that is, unless you're Denver Film Society program manager Keith Garcia and the film in question is Word Is Out, the 1977 documentary Garcia selected as this week's installment of DFS's monthly Cinema Q series. "Before I came out in high school, I searched high and low for documentaries that could show me other people living openly gay," Garcia recalls. "I found a worn VHS copy of Word Is Out, a film that was released around the time I was born, and was fascinated by the stories within and truly appreciative of the battles that these brave men and women had to face. And how, due to their diligence, I was able to live my life openly and happily."
Peter Adair's groundbreaking piece of cinema is now widely recognized as a cultural touchstone, and the film a homespun, heartfelt and quietly revolutionary collection of interviews with gay men and women from all walks of life recently celebrated a lavish thirtieth-anniversary restoration that's a far cry from worn VHS.
"I'm happy to bring this new restoration of Word Is Out to [Starz] FilmCenter," says Garcia, "if only to remind the gay youth of today that there have been people living their lives for years, and we should always acknowledge that history."
Word Is Out opens today (with shows at 4:45 and 7:30 p.m.) at Starz, in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus. The film runs through December 24; admission is $6 to $7.50. For tickets and info, call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.
Dec. 18-24, 2009