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Before You Know It


There are an estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55. LGBTQ seniors are 5 times less likely to access social services than their heterosexual counterparts, half as likely to have health insurance coverage, and 10 times less likely to have a caretaker if they fall ill. In response to inequities in care, LGBTQ seniors turned to each other for a solution. Some organized to build retirement facilities; others worked within their cities to create a support network. Set against the backdrop of three unique retirement communities, "Before You Know It" traces a year in the lives and a lifetime of experiences of several gay seniors.

Director: PJ Raval

Producer: Sara Giustini, PJ Raval

Cinematographer: Mike Simpson

Editor: Kyle Henry

Music: Jimmy LaValle


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 filmmaker whose credits include "Trinidad"(Showtime) & The Christeene video collection(SXSW). Raval’s cinematography work includes the Academy Award-nominated "Trouble The Water" and "The Bounceback"(SXSW 2013).

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