Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3 p.m. – Panel Discussion with Filmmaker and UMass Boston's Office of Diversity and Inclusion Follows Free Screening.

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom


One of the films of the 11th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston will be screened at UMass Boston, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and UMass Boston's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

There are an estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans over the age of 55. LGBTQ seniors are five 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.


An "End Credits" panel discussion moderated by UMass Boston Film Series Curator Chico Colvard will take place on April 28 at 1 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre.


PJ Raval

Named one of Out’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) and the CHRISTEENE video collection (SXSW). Raval’s cinematography work includes the Academy Award-nominated Trouble The Water and The Bounceback (SXSW 2013).