Word Is Out

The extraordinary, groundbreaking documentary Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives, first released in 1978—less than a decade after Stonewall—was recently restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in. Today, viewers can witness something that was a revelation 32 years ago and still enormously powerful today: college kids and gray hairs, butches and femmes (of both genders), hippies and suits, gay dads and couples (at least one of whom is still together today), lesbian separatists and drag queens—spread throughout the country and of all different races and class backgrounds—speaking candidly, humorously, movingly about the perils and joys of being queer. Recounting the decades when coming out of the closet meant tremendous risk, the film itself came out as Anita Bryant successfully campaigned throughout the U.S. to repeal local ordinances that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (NR) MELISSA ANDERSON

Fri., April 2, 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Sat., April 3, 3:30 p.m.; Sun., April 4, 3:30 p.m., 2010

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