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Before You Know It

PJ Raval, USA 2012, 110’

The protagonists of Before You Know It are American seniors, who share little in common with their stereotypical counterparts, mainly because they all came out of the closet. To a greater or lesser extent, all support the American LGBTQ movement, but their individual accounts are the threads that weave into the homosexualoral history. In PJ Raval’s film, each seems to place the greatest importance on community and the fear of loneliness. Robert, Tyand Dennis all refer to the leading movement phenomena (Stonewall, AIDS, or the birth of queer culture) while relating stories about their local homo-communities. Contrary to common enthusiasm, they point to a lack of acceptance from the young generation – calling themselves invisible, they don’t understand why it’s unbecoming to wear drag when you’re old.


PJ Raval

Named one of Out Magazine’s Out 100 2010 and Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2006, PJ Raval is an award-winning American filmmaker whose directing credits include nearly twenty shorts and feature-length documentaries such as Trinidad (2008, together with Jay Hodges), and Before You Know It (2013).

Raval’s cinematographic work includes the 2009 Academy Award-nominated Trouble the Water (dir. Carl Dean, Tia Lessin) and has earned him awards such as the ASC Charles B. Lang Jr. Heritage Award as well as the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. 


Selected filmography

2000 100% Cotton (kr. m. / short)

2004 Lead Role: Father (kr. m. / short)

2011 Tears from My Pussy (kr. m. / short)

2012 African Mayonnaise (kr. m. / short)

2012 Workin' on Grandma (kr. m. / short)

2013 Big Shot (kr. m. / short)

2013 Zanim się spostrzeżesz / Before You Know It (dok. / doc.)


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director PJ Raval
cinematography Mike Simpson
editing Kyle Henry
music Jimmy LaValle
cast Robert, Ty, Dennis
producer Sara Giustini
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