New documentary OUTRAGE exposes hypocrisy of closeted politicians

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Larry CraigOpening at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival this week, OUTRAGE is a new gay- themed political documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick. As described on the film’s website

A searing indictment of the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who actively campaign against the LGBT community, OUTRAGE boldly reveals the hidden lives of some of our nation’s most powerful policymakers, detailing the harm they’ve inflicted on millions of Americans, and the media’s complicity in keeping their secrets.

And from an early review of the film.

Where Dick’s film truly succeeds is in laying consequences at both men’s feet. For [Ed] Koch, it was silence during the exploding AIDS crisis… [Charlie] Crist, who has shown himself to be a moderate, or even liberal-leaning, Republican on a variety of issues – as well as a craven opportunist – is shown backing both a gay marriage amendment as well as that state’s unique law prohibiting adoption by gay parents.

Set against both men’s stories, Dick, working with his editor Doug Blush, unleashes a succession of news reports detailing hate crimes against gays and lesbians, ending with a 14-year old shooting a 15-year old at Oxnard High School in California.

It’s here that the film makes its powerful, and frankly compelling, closing argument – as Kirby Dick draws a line from the DC political closet to the death in Oxnard.

Watch the trailer.

Post by ILO on 04/25/09 at 1:42 am