The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

"The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin" examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer Kroot's documentary about the creator of "Tales of the City" moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan) Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the bathhouses of 70's San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.

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Jennifer M. Kroot




Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
Producer: Gerry Kim, Mayuran Tiruchelvam
Cinematographer: Shane King
Editor: Bill Weber
Sound Designer: Lora Hirschberg
Music: Michael Hearst
Principal Cast: Armistead Maupin, Laura Linney, Ian McKellen, Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, Margaret Cho, Jonathan Groff, Amanda Palmer


Public Film Contact
Jennifer Kroot
Tigerlily Pictures
Publicity Contact
David Magdael
Sales Agent
Orly Ravid/
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2017
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Biography, Documentary, Drama, History
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 89 mins