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Michael Mayer came to the topic of "Out in the Dark," his debut feature which had its world premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opens in theaters September 27, through a combination of chance and unexpected passion.  The Israeli-born filmmaker was eating dinner in Los Angeles with a friend from Tel Aviv who mentioned his work with gay Palestinians living in Israel and told Mayer about their legal, political and emotional uncertainties.  "It kind of blew me away," he told me in a phone interview last week.  "It was the first time since film school when I was like, 'oh shit, I want to tell that story.'" On his next trip to Israel, Mayer began to research the issue--"at first, for my own benefit," as he puts it--and what he discovered challenged his preconceptions of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  Here was a liminal space where political stereotypes were scrambled, »


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