Friday, June 21, 2013


2011 American Feature

Cast: Richard Berkowitz, Jay Blotcher, Malcolm Boyd, David Ehrenstein, Rob Epstein, Arthur Evans, Jim Fouratt, Jeffrey Friedman, Karla Jay, Arnie Kantrowitz, Larry Kramer, Eric Marcus, Armistead Maupin, Jenni Olson, Felice Picano, Howard Rosenman, Gabriel Rotello, Michelangelo Signorile, Sean Strub, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

The life of Vito Russo, gay liberation pioneer, author of The Celluloid Closet and heroic AIDS activist.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 96%
  • OMG rating: 9 /10
  • Movie Dearest rating: A

  • DVD: Available


  • Fort Worth Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nomination for LGBT-Themed Documentary of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Movie Dearest Award for DVD of the Year.
  • News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form and Outstanding Research.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Favorite Documentary.
  • Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival Special Jury Award.

  • Actors who appear in archival footage include Bette Davis, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich, Albert Finney, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Shirley MacLaine, Bette Midler, Don Murray and Barbra Streisand.

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