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|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
John Scagliotti; Greta Schiller; Robert Rosenberg; Rita Mae Brown; Audre Lorde; Harry Hay; Barbara Gittings; Allen Ginsberg; Bill Daughton; Andrew Kopkind; Yvonne Flowers; Jewelle Gomez; Sandi Sissel; Before Stonewall, Inc.; Alternative Media Information Center (New York, N.Y.); First-Run Features (Firm)
|Notes:||Some credits from container.
Videodisc release of the 1985 documentary film; originally produced in 1984.
Special features: Interview with Allen Ginsberg by Andrew Kopkind featuring two poems (1984); interview with Audre Lorde and Yvonne Flowers by Jewelle Gomez (Fall, 1984); "The Black Cat:/Jose Sarria" film of reunion of the Black Cat community (a San Francisco nightclub), 20 years after its closing.
|Credits:||Archival research director, Andrea Weiss ; editor, Bill Daughton ; cinematographers, Jan Kraepelin, Sandi Sissel, and Cathy Zheutlin.|
|Performer(s):||Narrator, Rita Mae Brown ; featuring Audre Lorde, Harry Hay, Barbara Gittings, Allen Ginsberg [and others].|
|Description:||1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Details:||DVD; region 1, NTSC.|
|Other Titles:||Making of a gay and lesbian community|
|Responsibility:||director, Greta Schiller ; co-director, Robert Rosenberg ; producers, Robert Rosenberg, John Scagliotti, Greta Schiller ; produced by Before Stonewall, Inc. in association with Alternative Media Information Center.|
"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 existences experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged sparking 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."--First Run Features website.
- Gay liberation movement -- United States -- History.
- Homosexuality -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Lesbianism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Gays -- United States -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century.
- Stonewall Riots, New York, N.Y., 1969.
- Gay liberation movement.
- Gays -- Social conditions.
- New York (State) -- New York.
- United States.
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