Sunday, Oct 16, 2011 7:00 PM
The Stonewall riot erupted on Christopher Street on June 27, 1969, and a new era in the Gay Rights Movement was born. Vito Russo, a 23-year-old film student, was among the crowd. Over the next 20 years until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito would go on to become one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights. He was a pivotal part of three well-known organizations during their formative years: Gay Activists Alliance, which staged subversive works of protest performance art to secure rights and dignity for all gays; Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, formed to ensure that media representation of gays and lesbians was accurate; and AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power, a guerilla activist group. In the midst of his activism, Vito was also a prolific writer. His seminal book The Celluloid Closet explored the ways in which gays and lesbians were portrayed on film.
Dir. Jeffrey Schwarz, 2011, USA, 93 Min.