Anyone and Everyone


Released 2007 (57 minutes)
"Anyone and Everyone is a moving and beautiful portrayal of the love between parents and children, and the work some parents are willing to do for the sake of that love." --Bent Lens Cinema
"... a moving documentary of American families' most heart-wrenching and heartwarming moments." --Keith York, KPBS Director of TV Programming
Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences in the documentary Anyone and Everyone. In it, filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, depicts families from all walks of life. Individuals from such diverse backgrounds as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee, as well as from various religious denominations such as Mormon, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Hindu, and Southern Baptist, share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation and discuss their responses.
The parents also talk about struggling with the pain of their sons and daughters dealing with not being accepted by relatives or friends, and being ostracized by religious congregations.
"It was so evil and so bad that we almost couldn't talk about it... You just had the idea it was so terrible that it was unspeakable," said a Mormon mother in the film.
"Having heard all these awful things and what homosexuality was and then having a member of your family, a person that you have seen, a child that you have seen since the child was born, a person that was absolutely wholesome, good, kind, gentle and that put together with the word lesbian didn't add up," said a hispanic mother.
This film is especially important since up to 26% of gay teens who come out to their parents or guardians are told they must leave home. Of the approximately 1.6 million homeless American youth, 20-40% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Nearly 40% of LGBT (GLBT) students report being physically harassed. In a 2001 Department of Health study of youth in Massachusetts, about 40 percent of gay and lesbian students attempted suicide, compared to about 10 percent of their heterosexual peers.
The film also depicts meetings of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) where people get support and help.
The film was first aired on KPBS San Diego in August, 2007 and plays on most PBS stations every year including National Coming Out Day (October 11) and Gay Pride Month (June).
Also read the biography of Susan Polis Schutz, the Director, and the Story behind the film in Susan's own words.
We are privileged to have interviewed the wonderful people who are the stars of the film. In order of appearance; Robert Kerry Graves, Jr., Lanette Graves and Robert Graves (from Salt Lake City); Anonymous Southeast Asian parents and son; Antonio Locus, Tonya Locus (Durham, NC); Jimmy Rock ,Joyce Rock, and Calvin Rock (Cherokee Nation, Muskogee, OK); Valerie Kameya, Ellen Kameya, Harold Kameya (Granada Hills, CA); Dakota (Cody) Friedman, Tirzah Firestone, David Friedman (Boulder, CO); Greg Bonetti, Ann Bonetti, and Ed Bonetti (Providence, RI); Trevor Sanford and Patty Page (Cheyenne, WY); Maria Juliana and Nila Marrone (New York City); Luis Garay, Carmen Robello (New York City); Carlos Rosario (New York City).
CAMERA: Ben Bloodwell; Roger A. Gower; Brett Wiley ADDITIONAL CAMERA:: Rob Amato; Council Bradshaw; Brian Dowley; Carl Filoreto; Jimmy G; Stephen Henry; Scott Killian; Joseph Vitagliano; Sarah Hendrick (Assistant) LOCATION SOUND: John Cameron; Danny Clayton; Paul Flinton; Dan Gleich; Jim Gower; Gabriel Sear; Alex Sullivan; Tim Snider; Alex Rossner ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Jorian Schutz (Cape Cod, Rhode Island); Emily Gann (Cape Cod) PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Suzanne Hillner LOCATION SCOTT: Marc Conn PRODUCTION ASSISATANTS: Ramiro C. Flores; Nick Huynh; Rammy Park; POST-PRODUCTION HOUSE: Final Frame MUSIC Composed by Susan Polis Schutz MUSIC Performed By Richard James CREATIVE CONSULTANTS: Stephen Schutz; Robert Hawk SPECIAL THANKS: Lauren Bonetti, Christine Bonetti, Trish Brush, Charles Cook, Will Cox, Anne Marie Doherty, Luanne Gearhart, Joe Giuliani, Ira Kawaller, Estella Morgan, Andy Pang, Daryl Presgraves, Suzanne Ramos, Cathy Renna, Lynett Rock, Ron Roukema, Hrishikesh M. Sathawane, Tammy Soto, Phyllis Steinberg, Conrad, Jean & Ross VonMetzke, outLoud Radio, API-PFLAG, GAPIMNY, GLSEN, Los Angeles Chinese PFLAG, Metro DC PFLAG, NYC Latino PFLAG, PFLAG Cheyenne, PFLAG-Families of Color, PFLAG NYC, PFLAG San Diego, TRIKON
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