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Published on Sep 19, 2012
Founded by a small group of local gay runners in 1981, the DC Front Runners has become a thriving and integral part of the Washington, DC gay and lesbian community and has fostered fun, fitness, and friendship among gay runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The club takes its name from the 1974 novel The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren — a significant piece of gay literature and the genesis of hundreds of Front Runner chapters across the country and around the world.
Fast Forward, a documentary short film directed by Marcel Acosta and produced by Brian Beary, provides a poignant and inspirational glimpse into the courage of those who founded the club; portrays the challenges of gay life in the nation's capital during those formative years; and contrasts the perspectives of a newer generation of Front Runners whose experiences differ, given society's greater acceptance of gay life.
The movie premiered at the 2011 Rosebud Film and Video Festival, Arlington, VA and also screened at the 2012 One City Film Festival in Washington, D.C.
Interviewees: Rob Geremia, David Thews, Claudia Gebert, Brian Fell, Andrés Gómez-Peña, Jeffery Gonzalez, Keith Buchanan, Alex Wilson, Richard Strange, Tony Anderson, Seymour Stern, Maryann Krayer, Joan Bellsey, Jerry Hadsell & Conrad Zeutenhorst Director/Editor - Marcel Acosta, Producer/Interviewer - Brian Beary, Principal Photography - Gabe Hollis, Line Producer - Andres Gomez-Pena, Production Crew - Tim Prestridge, Graphic Design - Seth Kalish, Music - Dan O'Connor