Not a Still Life by Roberta Cantow

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In this documentary portrait, a spirited, older, gay, Jewish man undergoes an evolution of awareness,
revealing his naked truth and offering an opportunity for reflection about the complexity of human identity.

“… a tribute to compassion and

—Max Disposti,
North County LGBTQ Resource Center

“I was deeply moved.”

—Danny Maseng, Cantor,
Temple Israel of Hollywood.

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Not a Still Life is a portrait of Steve Stone, an older gay, Jewish man who shares the naked truth of the struggles, joys and sorrows of his unconventional life. With both humor and raw honesty, Steve tells of childhood ridicule in the 50’s, coming out in the early 60’s and living openly gay for fifty years, finding true love, then dealing with tragedy and loss, loneliness and the realization of aging. His gradual evolution includes embracing sobriety, connecting with a long lost relative and discovering his spirituality— only to find that he is in danger of losing his home and business. Not a Still Life is about a man in search of his identity and a sense of belonging. This one man's story taps into themes that encompass all our lives. His unique reflections stimulate argument and provide us with a most unique understanding of ourselves.

“…I am proud to endorse the educational value and personal insight which this film offers.”

—Bryan McNutt, M.A., LMFT, GC-C, Psychotherapist (MFC 52348),
Certified Grief Counselor