'Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End'

Monte Bramer's "Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End" is a powerful record of a life devoted stubbornly, even heroically, to self-expression. An openly gay poet and novelist ("The Long Shot"), Monette (pictured) won a National Book Award in 1992 for his memoir "Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story." "I'm not dying of AIDS," Monette insists. "I'm dying of homophobia." In this film, and in the most literal possible sense, we can see where Paul Monette was coming from (KCET Friday at 9 p.m.).

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