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They Glow In The Dark (2013)
Λάμπουν Στο Σκοτάδι (original title)
Lamboun Sto Skotadi (title with latin characters)
Documentary, 68 min
Production country   Greece
Language   English
Director   Panos Evangelidis
Producer   Panos Evangelidis
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Michael and Jim first crossed paths in California in the 70s while wandering around America. They became lovers for a short while and, later, friends, but after a while they lost track of each other. Twenty years later Michael successfully tracked down Jim once more: penniless and now seriously affected by complications caused by HIV, Jim has returned to his family in in Illinois. Michael, also sick with HIV, suggests they try to make a living together in New Orleans, Michael’s favorite city in the US, the city where he first found shelter as an teenage runaway pulling tricks in the streets.
They reach New Orleans right after the devastation of Katrina, and they try to make a living selling hand-made dolls with Cajun themes in the French Market. 
They are both carriers of a glorious past which, while painful, equips them with the courage to keep going despite their serious problems, taking one day at a time, like comets who Glow in the Dark for just a few moments, before their big fall. 

Director's Note

The idea for the documentary came to me after I finished reading the Michael’s autobiography. Michael is one of my heroes. It ended up being a film about two middle aged gay and HIV+ men trying to survive in the post Katrina New Orleans.

Michael and Jim used to be friends and occasional lovers, but had not seen each other for more than twenty years. One day Michael traced Jim down and proposed for them to join their lonely and aimless lives in a peculiar life partnership.

They are both artistic. Michael writes and paints and Jim composes and performs music with his electric guitar. Their reliance, as Michael calls their commitment to a partnership and a life together, consists on helping each other, working together and sharing the costs and frustrations of a life too difficult and expensive for them, partly disabled individuals that struggle to survive making little figures out of the New Orleans local traditional heroes and villains.

Of course, like each one of us, Michael and Jim have their little secret dreams and find consolation in past happiness that gives them the courage to get up each time they fall and continue their uncertain path in today s America.
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Stereo
Aspect ratio   1.85:1
Production format   HDCAM
Distribution format   DCP
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