Before Stonewall

Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Funny, sad, courageous and touching.

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Before Stonewall

In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had begun.

Before Stonewall pries open the closet door, setting free the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private lives experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged spark of today's gay rights movement, from the events that led to the fevered 1969 riots to many other milestones in the brave fight for acceptance.

Experience the fascinating and unforgettable, decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and amazing interviews with those who lived through an often brutal closeted history.

"Entertaining and enlightening." -Los Angeles Times

“Intelligent, moving!” -The New York Times

"You owe it to yourself to see it." - Judith Crist, WOR-TV

Narrated by iconic author Rita Mae Brown

Groundbreaking interviews with: Ann Bannon, Martin Duberman, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Gittings, Harry Hay, Mabel Hampton, Dr. Evelyn Hooker, Frank Kameny, Audre Lorde, Richard Bruce Nugent, Jose Sarria and many more!

About the restoration: The 16mm negative was scanned and digitized at Periscope Films in Los Angeles. The file was then color corrected at Edition Salzgeber in Berlin, who created the ProRes and DCP. Director Greta Schiller supervised the process and approved the new ProRes and DCP.

Genre
Documentary, History, LGBT, Justice
Runtime
87
Language
English
Director
Greta Schiller
Robert Rosenberg
Awards:
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival

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