Monday, April 13, 2009

Media Picking up on Film "Outrage"

None of us yet know what closeted pols, if any, are exposed in the film. But the media frenzy is beginning.

Kirby Dick's film will open at the Tribeca Film Festival next week. I was interviewed for it, and my book Queer in America (the sales ranking of which was delisted from Amazon over the weekend) was also used by Dick as background.I'll be speaking on a panel discussion about the film at the festival on Friday, May 1, after the 8 p.m. screening. (I will see the film next week, but won't be able to reveal anything until the April 24 premiere). From New York Magazine:

The best actors of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival may be Larry Craig, Jim McGreevey, and Mark Foley—gay politicians who acted straight for most of their lives. Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) says his new documentary, Outrage, examines “the issues surrounding closeted politicians and their hypocrisy in voting anti-gay—and how these people have harmed millions of Americans for many years." Sure to be the most controversial filmmaker at the fest, Dick wouldn’t screen the film for us or confirm how much new information he might reveal, but he did give some hints: The film examines the psychology, politics, and ethics of outing—and comes down hard in favor of it...

...Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and Larry Kramer all feature prominently in the film—along with outing pioneer Michelangelo Signorile and New Jersey’s McGreevey, both scheduled to answer questions after the premiere. “McGreevey said to me, ‘Being in the closet is actually good training for politics,’ ” the director recalls, “ ‘because you continually have to be able to spin.’ ”