New to DVD and VOD this week: COMING OUT
Alden Peters’ document of his coming out process debuted at DocUtah last year. It has also screened at RiverRun and at LGBT fests in Ft Lauderdale, New York, London, Milan, and Los Angeles.
University student Peters has kept his sexuality secret, only acting on it via online hookups. Inspired by a series of gay suicides that make national news in the Fall of 2010, including the case of a closeted Rutgers freshman who was secretly recorded by his roommate, he decides to come out and film the process as he tells siblings, parents, and close friends. To his benefit, but contributing virtually no conflict to his project, everyone he tells generally have no issue with homosexuality. The young man still feels out of place within the gay scene for awhile until he finally realizes he can make his own path. Peters is a nice enough protagonist, but his earnest film’s problem is that it feels as generic as its title – there’s no new ground being tread here that hasn’t been covered in hundreds of other coming out stories.