A documentary on the life and death of Jim Wheeler, and the gay and lesbian youth across America who live his dream today.




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Mike Glatze
Benjie Nycum
Scott MacPhee
Ted McGuire


Jim Wheeler was a young gay poet and artist, who was the victim of extreme homophobia while growing up in rural Pennsylvania. In 1997, alone in a cold room, Jimmy took his own life. Five years later, armed with a video camera and Jim's poetry, three members of Young Gay America embark on a cross-country road trip, interviewing gay and lesbian youth in the heartland of America. Their stories show not only the struggles many gay and lesbian youth still face, but also the progress and strength demonstrated every day by simply being yourself. Written by Mike LaMonaca

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8,000 miles through one boy's soul.





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2 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Coming out across America
20 October 2003 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

Three openly gay teens, former contributors to YX magazine, now living in Halifax Nova Scotia fly to Vancouver, pick up a van and travel across the USA interviewing gay teens.

The three are involved in a web site that gay teens can log into and exchange information. In response to teens across America volunteering to be interviewed for this film, the three rent a van and go.

I had the feeling throughout that the REAL value of this film's being made was NOT that we saw it, but that the kids involved had a chance to connect and to speak their minds while being reassured that they were not alone. Since it was partly sponsored by one of the big cable networks there is a good chance that it will also help some kids in small rural locales if they can see it when and if it airs on cable.

The documentary itself seemed a bit heavy on the travelogue aspects and a bit light on the interview aspects but overall was well made and worthwhile, even for a big city audience that is exposed to much more of this kind of programming.

America is a big country and there are a LOT of small towns where there are gay kids that will really benefit from seeing this. There are plenty of kids that are even more isolated than the "Jim" in the title and its an important message that needs to get out.

I'd like to see another pass made of this same topic. Perhaps this time even smaller towns could be included and more time provided for more in-depth interviews.

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