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Update #8

We just had to share this video...Dennis' legacy!

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This past weekend we finally had our much anticipated Portland premiere of BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. With a third of the film shot in Portland, following resident Dennis Creamer and his LGBT retirement center Rainbow Vista, the Portland premiere of our film had to be just right. Thanks to the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival & the Clinton Street Theater for screening our film!

We were thrilled to see that Dee graced us with her presence at the screening along with her fellow Rainbow Vista residents. The emotional standing ovation from the crowd was truly touching.

A standing ovation from Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
A standing ovation from Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

"I doubt very much that my life had much impact on anybody or anything. I tried to do my best as I saw it, but no outstanding legacy, no great inventions. No, no dragon slaying." says Dennis in BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. However, now that the film has screened, received multiple standing ovations and has touched many lives, a frequent comment from viewers is "Dee/Dennis, you no longer need to worry about leaving a legacy."

Director PJ Raval & Dee
Director PJ Raval & Dee

There are only 20 days left to raise our funds so that this film can reach ALL communities! Please keep sharing with your friends! THANK YOU so very much for donating and the continued support!

XO,

PJ, Sara & the BEFORE YOU KNOW IT team

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