Because I’m Here

film screening and discussion

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Musician Earl Gilmore - Photo by Andrew Garrison
Musician Earl Gilmore - Photo by Andrew Garrison

UVA College at Wise Student Center

UVA College at Wise Wise, VA 24293
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Earl Gilmore was a singular, creative spirit, unapologetic in his being and expression, but deeply private about his gay sexuality—until he spoke publicly, on camera about it with filmmaker Andrew Garrison in 1984.

Wanting to honor Gilmore’s decision to speak openly, on-film, but not have the film “out” him before he spoke in-person to friends and neighbors, Garrison was unable to complete the movie.

Thirty-five years later, and eighteen years after Gilmore’s death, the filmmaker returns to the footage to try and finish what he started.

Director Andrew Garrison will be presenting clips from “Because I’m Here,” the work-in-progress documentary, along with live conversations with Knoxville musician, Sparky Rucker, historian Dr. Kevin Mumford, and friends and family of Earl Gilmore on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at UVA’s College at Wise in the Rhododendron Room of the Student Center.

The program is sponsored, in part, by Virginia Humanities and the Clinch River Education Center.

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