“With candor, humor and poignancy…gorgeous archive footage, photographs and vintage interviews, Kroot’s entertaining documentary…[is an] affectionate portrait…of San Francisco as a liberating haven for people who at that time were sexual outsiders.” —David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

“Heartwarming. Funny. Sad. Vital. This is essential gay history. I’m thankful that this film will help preserve it and turn new generations on to his work.” —Matt Shiverdecker, Austin American-Statesman

“Every good movie needs a compelling lead character and a charismatic performer to play the role. Directors Jennifer M. Kroot and Bill Weber found both in Maupin himself, the novelist and journalist who has not only lived a fascinating life but has also developed the dramatic skills to tell that tale entertainingly.”—Geoffrey Himes, Paste

Acclaimed director Jennifer M. Kroot and editor/co-director Bill Weber will bring their celebrated feature documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin to make its New York debut September 29 at Metrograph theater, kicking off a limited, weeklong run including a very special screening with a guest appearance by Maupin himself on October 1. Watch a new trailer for the film, debuting today, here.

These New York screenings follow a San Francisco run at The Roxie (starting September 22), and an award-winning festival tour, with honors including Audience Award Winner and Documentary Spotlight at SXSW, Best Documentary Jury Winner at Outshine Miami and the Spectrum Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival.

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Jennifer M. Kroot’s documentary about the creator of Tales Of The City moves nimbly between playful and poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. With help from his friends (including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan), Maupin offers a disarmingly frank look at the journey that took him from the jungles of Vietnam to the front line of the American culture war, within the context of his awakening in 1970s San Francisco and discovery of his “logical family” among its colorful denizens.

Director Jennifer M. Kroot is a seasoned documentary filmmaker. Her most recent feature length documentary, To Be Takei, a portrait of actor/activist George Takei (Star Trek), premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Starz Digital in August 2014 to critical acclaim. Her feature documentary It Came From Kuchar, following cult filmmaking duo George and Mike Kuchar, premiered at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Kroot brings a background in underground filmmaking to her documentaries, and uses that sensibility to create surprises within her stories. Her tales incorporate shifts in pace and tone that allow a fluid and engaging structure. Kroot focuses on the humanity of her subjects, keeping their stories accessible and unpretentious.

She has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Frameline, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Kroot is a Bay Area native and studied film at The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), where she taught film. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and Denver University.

Co-director Bill Weber is a San Francisco based documentary editor. He directed and edited the documentary feature The Cockettes, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and 2002 Berlinale. Bill co-directed and edited the documentary feature We Were Here, which played at the 2011 Sundance and Berlinale festivals, and To Be Takei, which premiered at Sundance in 2014. As an editor, Bill’s work includes A Revolution In Four Seasons, 2016 HotDocs, Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer, 2015 Berlinale, The Galapagos Affair, 2013 Telluride Film Festival and 2014 Berlinale, and the Oscar nominated documentary short film, The Final Inch. He also edited the award winning documentaries Last Letters Home and The Alzheimer’s Project.

For more information, please contact Krista Williams, Reid Kutrow or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


September 22 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Roxie
September 28-October 4 ///San Rafael, CA /// Smith Rafael Film Center
September 29-October 5 ///New York, NY ///Metrograph