A film by Jeffrey Schwarz
93 minutes, color, English, 2011
On June 27, 1969, a police raid on a Greenwich Village gay bar took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. As a riot erupted outside the Stonewall Inn, 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 twenty 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.
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"Enormously entertaining... Incisive and illuminating. This emotionally powerful documentary...is the stirring testament he deserves." - The Hollywood Reporter
"Hugely moving and even more inspiring." - LA Weekly
"I highly recommend it to anyone interested in pop culture, in civil rights, or in how the two are deeply connected. Through his story, ‘Vito’ becomes not just a biography but a history of his times, as a fight against discrimination became a fight for life."
"Involving...vibrant. A dramatic focal point in the history of gay rights." - Variety
● Audio Commentary with Jeffrey Schwarz, Arnie Kantrowitz, Michael Schiavi & Charlie Russo