Releasing October 4th on DVD / VOD
In his directorial debut, young NYC-based filmmaker Alden Peters documents his own coming-out experience, capturing everything on-camera as he plans and boldly captures his disclosures to friends, family, and society. Inspired by social media coming out videos by teens around the world, COMING OUT places viewers directly inside the raw, intimate moments when Alden reveals his true identity to his family and friends, ranging from the painfully awkward to the hilariously honest.
Crowdsourced videos from LGBTQ youth from around the world complement the depth of Alden's own story, and he also interviews his own family, friends, and leading LGBT figures and experts, including Janet Mock, about the unique challenges of coming out in today's digital era.
Said Alden, "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 five years later, Coming Out is the film that I craved."
In the age of smartphones, Facebook, and over-sharing, COMING OUT succeeds in making the personal both a cultural event and a political celebration, and a poignant transcendence of the genre.
Documentary * 72 min * USA * Color * English
Produced and Directed by: Alden Peters
Starring: Alden Peters, Janet Mock, developmental psychologist Dr. Ritch Savin-Williams, journalist Zach Stafford, sociologist Greg Hinckley, and YouTuber Kayla Kearney
Distributed by: Wolfe Video
COMING OUT will be released worldwide via Wolfe Video on October 4 on DVD / VOD, across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com, and will also be available same date in the U.S. and Canada on DVD via Wolfe Video and many major retailers.
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
A two part version specially created for high school classrooms.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Director/Producer Alden Peters is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist who studied at New York University and at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba in Havana, Cuba. He has been featured in Out Magazine, Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, NPR, Mashable, and BuzzFeed. He has served as the Head of Production at Alleywire, and has worked with organizations such as the Tyler Clementi Foundation and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which secured landmark status for the Stonewall Inn in 2015. Alden is a cofounder of Casa Vera Productions, where he produces and directs documentary films.
ABOUT WOLFE VIDEO:
Founded in 1985 and now celebrating 30 years as the largest exclusive distributor of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) films, Wolfe's release slate includes some of the most popular LGBT films of 2015, including the Swiss Oscar and Golden Globes submission The Circle; the gorgeous lesbian drama by renowned Venezuelan director Fina Torres, Liz in September; and the epic international production by Finland's Mika Kaurasmäki, The Girl King. In 2016, Wolfe's releases include the Thai Oscar submission How To Win at Checkers (Every Time); Henry Gamble's Birthday Party; Naz & Maalik; Those People, Parched; and Margarita With A Straw. Wolfe's library of beloved modern classics includes such acclaimed hits as Cloudburst, Undertow, Desert Hearts and Big Eden. Wolfe's complete motion picture library can be found at WolfeVideo.com as well as at national retailers such as Netflix, Amazon and VOD destinations such as Comcast, Time Warner, Hulu, iTunes and WolfeOnDemand.com. Find more info online at http://www.wolfevideo.com.