You Can Watch 'Check It,' A Documentary About A Black LGBT Gang On The Washington, D.C. Streets, Thanks To Louis C.K.

"The more people see each other, the more they get each other.”

In an effort to get more people exposed to a low-key film, Louis C.K. is offering it to you for just a few bucks. The movie in question is Check It, a documentary about a Black LGBT gang — the only known one known in the country — who have banded together to form their own family and survive in one of Washington, D.C.'s rough neighborhoods.

"The film knocked me right over. It was an amazing emotional ride. It was funny and moving, I learned a lot, and it gave me a lot to think about after," the 49-year-old comedian on his website.

He explains that Check It was executive produced by Steve Buscemi, directed by Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, and was made over the course of four years. It tells the story of gang members who live on the streets, experience violence on a daily basis, and protect each other.

According to the True Colors Fund, an organization working to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth, 1.6 million youth experience homelessness each year. Shockingly, up to 40 percent of those kids identify as LGBT. The leading cause for their homelessness is that they were either forced out or ran away, signifying a conflict over their sexual identification or gender identity. Worse yet, these kids end up being in worse physical and mental health than their non-LGBTQ counterparts.

"It's not an easy film," C.K. adds. "It takes on life right where the rubber hits the road. What made me love it was just the kids themselves. They are like any kids, like anyone's children. They are trying to cope against terrible odds, they are funny and full of hope and life. Their lives are difficult and complex. They are very generous in sharing this with the filmmakers and you, if you watch the film."

While many of you might be scratching your heads as to why C.K. is the one informing you about the film — after all, he is cis, straight, White, and privileged with a wonderful career — he knows that already. For him, it's about getting this story out there for people to see.

"Look, I know this isn't what you're expecting from me. Nor am I the guy you're expecting to get this film from. I guess that's why I'm doing this," C.K. explained. "When I saw this film, I knew that no one I know will ever see it. Documentaries are MUCH harder to make than the things that I do, and they are FAR more expensive to the filmmakers in terms of their time and their lives and their emotional energy. And nobody much watches them. Those who do watch documentaries are usually people who are likely to be interested in the subject they cover already. But what a great value there is in showing people films about something that just isn't on their radar."

In a trailer for the documentary, he explained that making Check It more readily available gets it out to more people and not just those attending small LGBTQ film festivals where it is shown. After all, it's his opinion that "the more people see each other, the more they get each other."

Check It is available for downloading and/or streaming here right now for just $5.


See the trailer for "Check It" here:


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