Wolfe announced this past week that Alden Peters’ first-person documentary, Coming Out, will be making its DVD debut on Oct. 4.
Alden Peters is a “filmmaker,” he holds a BFA in film production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and had done additional academic work at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba in Havana, Cuba. All of this before embarking on a film career that has seen him work as a camera operator, a cinematographer, do some film editing and even production. He can be called something of a “jack of all trades” when it comes to the art of filmmaking; in a sense, he’s well grounded.
Alden is also gay, but he discovered that there’s no school for “coming out.” He also discovered that there was precious little about the subject in his world of filmmaking beyond the dramatic stories. So he hits upon a novel idea, why not film the process … the result is Coming Out, a film which literally took on a life of its own over a period of several years.
During the filmmaking process, he not only captured the revelations of his family members (some surprised, so not so much), but others within the LGBT community contributed their own experiences, which were incorporated into the narrative.
Overcoming self-imposed stereotypes and learned social pressures can be, for the individual, as daunting as an obstacle as simply saying, “I’m gay.” Alden’s film really gets to the core of that.
The film has worked the festival circuit to great buzz and has wins at DocUtah, Ellensburg Film Festival, Festival MIX Milano and more. Wolfe is presenting two viewing options — the documentary itself and a two-part presentation of the content that is geared for classroom discussions.