HBO Documentary Films is honored to have VITO open the 30h Anniversary Edition of Outfest on Thursday, July 12, before it’s HBO premiere on Monday, July 23.
VITO, AN INSIGHTFUL PORTRAIT OF VITO RUSSO, ONE OF
THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE MODERN GAY LIBERATION MOVEMENT,
DEBUTS JULY 23, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
Russo Authored “The Celluloid Closet,” The Inspiration For
The 1995 Peabody-Winning HBO Documentary
“It’s real important that right now, whether I live or whether I die, that I fight.”
– Vito Russo
On June 27, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. As a riot erupted in Greenwich Village, a new era in the gay rights movement was born. Among the crowd that day was 23-year-old film student Vito Russo. In the aftermath of the infamous rebellion, a raid on an after-hours bar he frequented ended with a young gay man impaling himself on a fence while trying to escape the police.
This is when Vito found his voice as a gay activist and critic of homosexual representation in the media. Over the next 20 years, until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito Russo was one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights.
Recounting the life of one of the founding fathers of the gay liberation movement, the inspiring documentary VITO debuts MONDAY, JULY 23 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: July 26 (4:00 p.m., 12:50 a.m.), 29 (8:30 a.m., 5:10 a.m.) and 31 (12:45 p.m.), and Aug. 4 (3:00 p.m.) and 8 (9:15 a.m.)