This title is only available through Frameline Distribution for sales to K-12 institutions. To purchase for universities, libraries, and community centers, please visit First Run Features.
In the aftermath of Stonewall, a newly politicized Vito Russo found
his voice as a gay activist and critic of LGBTQ representation in the
media. He went on to write “The Celluloid Closet,” the first book to
critique Hollywood’s portrayals of gays on screen. During the AIDS
crisis in the 1980s, Vito became a passionate advocate for justice via
the newly formed ACT UP, before his death in 1990.
This release of Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary Vito is designed specifically for sales to K-12 institutions.This DVD features professionally developed curriculum for use
in Gay-Straight Alliance meetings, as well as integration into
classrooms for instruction in U.S. history, government and civics
courses, media studies, and health. An accompanying Action Guide for
Gay-Straight Alliances includes resources for LGBTQ students and allies
to apply Russo's activist techniques to civil rights issues today, to
host their own LGBTQ film festivals, and to produce their own media,
inspired by Russo's 1983 New York public access show,