Coming Out follows young filmmaker Alden Peters on his journey coming out gay, capturing everything on camera as it happens. This groundbreaking coming of age film places viewers directly inside the raw, intimate moments when Alden reveals his true self to his family and friends, ranging from the painfully awkward to the hilariously honest. A story bridging generations and societal divides, this awardwinning documentary makes us rethink what it means to live an honest life, ultimately leading us to a place of understanding and acceptance of oneself and one’s community.
DIRECTOR STATEMENT: When I was a questioning teenager, and later when I made the decision to come out of the closet, I searched for a film that showed the process of coming out. I found nothing but fiction films and YouTube videos, and nobody discussed what happened immediately after coming out. I wanted to see that entire process and hear the uncertainties along the way. Over four years later, C oming Out is the film that I craved, and the motivation behind this documentary is to provide support for those in a similarly insecure state. The film is presented in a humorous and uplifting manner because the inclusion of a supportive and positive narrative would have made me feel more confident in myself as a questioning teenager, had I been able to view this film.
The documentary is personal and subjective, but also includes the voices of an entire family, friends circle, and LGBTQ community. Instead of feeling like an academic social issue film, it’s fastpaced and desirable for a young digital audience. By the end of the film, the audience will have watched me struggle with a secret, share that secret, then immerse myself into a community of people with experiences different from my own. This acts as a guide for LGBTQ youth to connect with others and pay attention to digital communities and issues larger than themselves. It’s also an easilyaccessible resource for families of LGBTQ youth and those unfamiliar with the LGBTQ experience. By including so many characters, anyone can find someone to relate to in the film.