Subject Armistead Maupin, director Jennifer Kroot and co-director/editor Bill Weber in attendance.
Winner of SXSW’s Documentary Spotlight Audience Award,The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. The film follows his evolution from a son of the Old South — at one time even a staffer for arch-conservative Senator Jesse Helms — into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Maupin’s journey also serves as a nostalgic and poignant look at the evolution of San Francisco’s gay culture, which his bestselling series Tales of the City has celebrated over nine volumes since the 1970s.
With help from his friends — including Neil Gaiman, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan, as well as Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis, who starred in the popular Channel 4/PBS miniseries version of Tales of the City— Maupin looks back on a life that embodies a quintessential “ gay experience” of the late 20th century. Filmmaker and two-time QDoc alum Jennifer Kroot (To Be Takei) captures the playful, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny perspective of a literary legend. —Laure Parsons
Director: Jennifer Kroot, USA. 1 hour, 31 minutes
Sponsored by: Les Lewis & Rick Watkins
Community Partner: NW Film Center
Festival & Film Presenting Sponsor: Umpqua Bank
Opening Night Party
Thurs, May 18th 9:30pm
Velo Cult Bike Shop – 1969 NE 42nd Ave (3 minute walk!)
Immediately following our opening night film, join the entire QDoc crew at nearby Velo Cult Bike Shop for our Opening Night Party. Velo Cult will serve up handcrafted microbrews and wine; delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served.