By Peter ADAIR, Mariposa Film Group

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Documentary - Completed 1977

The first feature-length now classic documentary about lesbian and gay identity made by gay filmmakers.

& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2010
    • Year of production
    • 1977
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 133 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Peter ADAIR, Mariposa Film Group
    • Synopsis
    • Word is Out premiered in 1977 as the first feature-length
      documentary about lesbian and gay identity made by gay
      filmmakers. Audiences were startled and moved by the
      stories told by the film’s participants. After conducting 140
      interviews, the filmmakers selected twenty-six people of
      various lifestyles, races, ages and backgrounds to tell the
      stories of their lives. The documentary was released in
      theaters around the world and shown on prime-time
      television. It helped untold numbers of people accept
      themselves, their friends and their families, and had an
      impact on American culture.
      Word is Out became an icon of the emerging gay rights
      movement and a landmark in documentary history, but
      time had taken its toll on the existing prints and the film
      was rarely seen. I n honor of its place in our collective
      history, the Outfest Legacy Project and UCLA Film &
      Television Archive restored Word is Out with the generous
      contribution of the David Bohnett Foundation, creating
      a high-definition video for this DVD premiere. Ripe for
      rediscovery, the film is at once a record of past struggles,
      an occasion for reflecting on how far we still have to go,
      and a masterpiece of the documentary form. V iewers will
      be charmed, touched and perhaps galvanized to action by
      the film’s emotionally breathtaking blend of candor, humor, love and humor.