PJ Raval is more recently known as an award-winning filmmaker than he is an ex-scientist, ex-vegetarian, born on tax day.
Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ‘25 new faces of independent film 2006′ and Out Magazine’s ’100 OUT 2010′, PJ discovered film and video after working with photography and media installation art.
PJ recently completed BEFORE YOU KNOW IT his latest feature documentary following the lives of three gay senior men (SXSW world premiere & “Buzz Screening”, Edinburgh International Film Festival). Slant Magazine hailed BEFORE YOU KNOW IT as a “Exemplary…a documentary that successfully puts human faces on wider issues…” indieWIRE described the film as “…a crucial new addition to the LGBT doc canon.” BEFORE YOU KNOW IT recently won the “Best Documentary Jury Award” at the Reeling Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival as well as the “Audience Award” at both the POLARI Austin LGBT Film Festival and Montreal’s image + nation 26 Film Festival. BEFORE YOU KNOW is slated for a theatrical release in select cities this June with several international territories to follow.