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 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 bathhouses of 70s San Francisco to the front line of the American culture war.
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. –Hollywood Reporter
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. –Paste Magazine
Charming … A celebration of Maupin s career, and a love letter to San Francisco itself, Kroot s film paints a vibrant picture of the lasting impact of his written works. –Cinema Axis