Writer-director Monte Bramer and producer Lesli Klainberg spent more than four years making this 1997 documentary on the gay writer and activist, filmed during the final years of his life as he was experiencing his greatest success. They capture his vitality through a mix of interviews with him and his friends, readings from his work, home movies, and photos of his childhood and his lovers, and while there’s nothing erotic here, Monette?s sexuality is lovingly asserted through jokes, remarks, and gestures. The filmmakers skillfully juxtapose individuals with gay rights and AIDS demonstrations, giving a sense of how he balanced his personal and group identities. But like most films about writers, this one fails to bring the subject?s words to life, and it falls flat at the end when it tries to mitigate Monette?s awful deterioration from AIDS with some cliched beach footage.