In this documentary portrait, a spirited, older, gay, Jewish man undergoes an evolution of awareness amid his joys and sorrows. In revealing the raw truth of his life, he offers us an opportunity for reflection about the complexity of human identity.
A wonderfully engaging and sometimes moving story of Steve Stone, a seemingly ordinary person--gay, Jewish man in his 60s--whose struggles to love and make peace with the world are turned into an extraordinarily insightful experience--especially as presented in Roberta Cantow's loving portrait, NOT A STILL LIFE. Revealed primarily through interviews with Steve (over visuals that too often showcase his love of swimming--depicted with and without a swimsuit), and a couple of his neighbors, we see a life of exuberance and irreverence as Steve tries to live a gay life while honoring the principles of Judaism. We learn about his first and only great love--a sophisticated man named Flynt--from earlier in Steve's life, a man who deeply moved him--as Steve revealingly put it "He was everything I never dreamed I wanted." At its heart, NOT A STILL LIFE is a charming and poignant love story. Steve Stone may not be a household name but once you meet him in this memorable portrait you will not forget him.