Visibility Through Activism: The Legacy of Vito Russo

Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz
93 mins

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. An accompanying Action Guide for Gender and Sexuality Alliances includes resources for LGBTQ+ students and allies to apply Russo's activist techniques to civil rights issues today, host their own LGBTQ+ film festivals, and produce their own media, inspired by Russo's 1983 New York public access show, Our Time.

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.

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