Director Jeffry Schwarz leaves no stone unturned in this biographical documentary detailing the life of leading gay activist and LGBT film historian Vito Russo. We get to follow him from his involvement in the Stonewall riots of 1969 at the age of 23 to his rise as one of the founding members of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

Using a dramatic combination of seamlessly intertwined archive footage, video clips and interviews, Schwarz delivers a vibrant insight into Russo and his work, particularly as the ground-breaking author of »The Celluloid Closet«, the first book to explore gay and lesbian portrayal on film.

Often considered the pioneer of gay film nights, Russo’s inspiring legacy in the LGBT community and in AIDS awareness led him to take his life’s work on the road, presenting lectures on the subject at gay film festivals and at colleges across America, all the way through to his heartbreaking battle with HIV and death in 1990 – just months before life-prolonging medication for the treatment of suffers was discovered.

Lewis Payne

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Title
Vito
Director
Jeffrey Schwarz
Country
USA
Length
93 min
Festival
2012
Section
Documania
Language
English
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Phyllis Antonellis, Richard Barrios, Richard Berkowitz
Producer
Jeffrey Schwarz
Music
Miriam Cutler

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