GenreDocumentary, Comedy, Family Budget180,000 USD CountryUnited States
Release dateAugust 5, 2009 (2009-08-05) (Rhode Island) CastC.J. Bills (Himself), Diane Granley (Himself), Linda Henderson (Himself), Roxanne Hitchcock (Himself) Similar moviesDangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World (2003), The Adonis Factor (2010), Daddy & Papa (2002), Bear Nation (2010), The Butch Factor (2009)
TaglineLove collides with hate in small town America
Out in the silence proudvision
Out in the Silence is a 2009 documentary film by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer. It chronicles the chain of events that occur when the severe bullying of a gay teen draws Wilson and his partner back to the conservative rural community of Oil City, Pennsylvania where their own same-sex wedding announcement had previously ignited a controversy. The film focuses on the widely varying, emotional reactions of the town's residents including the teen and his mother, the head of the local chapter of the American Family Association, and an evangelical pastor and his wife.
The Out in the Silence Campaign for Fairness and Equality in Rural and Small Town America uses the film as a tool to raise the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and promote dialogue and bridge building. The campaign has held over 500 grassroots screenings in town halls, schools, churches, and community centers, many in isolated areas that had not previously experienced any openly LGBT events. The Center for Social Media and the BRITDOC Foundation have highlighted the campaign as an example of using film for social change.
In 2011, the Campaign initiated the Out in the Silence Youth Activism Award to highlight the work of young people on LGBT inclusion and equality.
Festival awards and recognition
Premiere, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Winner, Special Jury Prize for Bravery in Storytelling, Nashville Film Festival 
Winner, Special Jury Prize for Social Significance, South Dakota Film Festival 
Winner, Alternative Spirit Award, Rhode Island International Film Festival 
Winner, Audience Award, Hardacre Film and Cinema Festival 
Winner, Best Documentary, Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 
Winner, Best Documentary, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 
Winner, Best Documentary, Out Takes New Zealand Gay Lesbian Film Festival 
Winner, Rosebud Award, Rosebud Film Festival 
Featured presentation, Tribeca Documentary Series 
Television broadcast and awards
Broadcast premiere, PBS, 2010 
Encore broadcasts, PBS World, 2010; PBS, 2011 
America Reframed broadcast, PBS World, 2015  Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Documentary, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter