Visibility Through Activism
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K-12 institutions can purchase for just $25
Jeffrey Schwarz, 93 minutes
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, Our Time.
Student and Teacher Reviews
"I loved the film. I am inspired by Vito Russo who paved the way for me to be out and proud! Thank you for sharing history with me and my students!"
– Anonymous Teacher
"Showing the movie Vito motivates people to take action and make changes in the world for LGBT people. I think that students seeing other leaders makes them want to be leaders too."
- Leighanne Gray, Arvada High School
"QSA members were REALLY excited to get a free movie to view in QSA. Many of them are eager for these types of documentaries that they have been unable to find in mainstream curriculum or television. Keep doing what you're doing! The free materials are really important for low income schools and students like us."
- Anonymous Teacher
"Teachers have taken the curriculum into their classrooms and used it as a part of their activism curriculum."
- Teacher, Lighthouse Community Charter School
"My favorite thing about Youth In Motion are the topics that are covered, and the way that excellent LGBTQ education is provided FREE of cost to educators. I don't know how you afford it, but it's amazing."
- Angela Cunningham, Branham High School
"Vito was amazing. I haven't read or seen the Celluloid Closet but really would like to now. I'm approaching classic movies in a different way. I've also recommended the film to a colleague for use in a contemporary issues in film class."
- Anonymous Teacher
"My GSA students were very excited to become more politically active after viewing the film. It motivated them to be more than just a social club."
– MARIA ROHLOFF, LYONS TOWNSHIP HIGH SHCOOL