PJ Raval is an award-winning documentarian whose film "Before You Know It" was screened at the UMass Boston Film Series on April 25.  He has been named one of Filmmaker Magazine's '25 new faces of independent film 2006' and has won awards such as Best Screenplay at the Cinematexas International Film Festival, the Betty Nowlin Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, and the Director's Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.  

After the screening in the Campus Center Ballroom, Raval spoke with The Mass Media about his film.

“Before You Know It,” a new film about elderly gay men by PJ Raval, begins with shockers. Dennis, a retiree in Florida, reveals that he likes to crossdress, then shows the audience his alt.com profile, and goes on to talk about being suicidal. Robert, who owns a drag bar in Texas, talks about arguments he had as a kid, recounting the times he told a bully at church to take his morals “and shove them up your motherfucking ass.” And that is how Raval gets his audience’s attention.


Dan Shaughnessy has been a fixture in Boston sports for over 30 years. From coining “The Curse of the Bambino” in 1990, to contributing to numerous radio shows in the city, to his widely read column in the Globe, Shaughnessy is one of the Hub’s greatest authorities on Baseball, and he once again entered the spotlight with the release of his book Francona, the Red Sox Years last month.

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