About the Film
Reel In The Closet is a feature-length documentary that lets us connect with queer people from the past through the rare home movies that they left for us.
I was searching for a way to really understand the people who came before me, not just read about them. I discovered old queer home movies dating back to the 1930s in closets and attics around the world. There were also all these recorded news stories and community productions that they left behind.
I spent three years making a documentary that I hope lets you feel what I felt the first time I saw one of these movies.
But a big part of the story for me are not the few movies that have been saved but all the ones being thrown out- sometimes on purpose. In a decade, most will be destroyed or no longer playable.
We will never get that feeling back.
It's a "crowd work in progress"
Reel In The Closet now goes into communities to show people how important it is to save not just their home movies, but their own stories.
We work with local organizations to save and share the LGBTQ history in their community.
We actively seek out home movies discovered by audiences after screenings and layer them into regular updates to the documentary.
About Stu Maddux
I'm a multi-award winning filmmaker with international credits trying to use my powers for good. Sometimes I get butterflies in my stomach about something that no one is paying attention to and I know I should document it.
My last film, Gen Silent, is a widely used documentary about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people hiding their lives to survive discrimination, bullying and abuse in aging care.
My first documentary as an independent filmmaker was the critically-acclaimed Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together a half-century later.
Yea, if it's old and queer, it's kinda cool for me.