Dear Programmers and Bookers,

We're excited to be working with the filmmakers of the legendary documentary Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community, newly restored for the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It will open in New York on June 21, in the Village (where it all started) at the Quad Cinema. 

I hope you'll consider programming this landmark film for your theater or festival in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Pride. A new trailer and poster is in the works and will be available shortly; the film will be available on DCP, Blu ray, Eclair and Proludio. And, the filmmakers are eager to participate in post-screening discussions via Skype or possibly in person, depending on schedules.

Please let me know if you're interested. I'm happy to send a link to the newly restored version as well.

Best wishes,

Marc Mauceri
First Run Features
212-243-0600 x20

Before Stonewall
The Making of a
Gay and Lesbian Community

Newly restored for the 50th
Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

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 LGBT Americans since the early 1900's. 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.

"Entertaining and enlightening."  - Los Angeles Times

"Funny, sad, courageous and touching." - Seattle Times

“Intelligent, moving. Adroitly mixes old newsreel and film footage, interviews and even home movies.”  - The New York Times

"You owe it to yourself to see it." - Judith Crist, WOR-TV

Narrated by iconic author Rita Mae Brown
   Groundbreaking interviews with:
Ann Bannon
Martin Duberman
Allen Ginsberg
Barbara Gittings
Harry Hay
Mabel Hampton
Dr. Evelyn Hooker
Frank Kameny
Audre Lorde
Richard Bruce Nugent
Jose Sarria
and many more!

Executive Producer: John Scagliotti • Director: Greta Schiller •
Co-Director: Robert Rosenberg
Produced by Robert Rosenberg, John Scagliotti & Greta Schiller
87 minutes, color, 1984
Available on DCP, Eclair, Proludio & Blu ray

About the restoration: The 16mm negative was scanned and digitized at Periscope Films in Los Angeles. The file was then color corrected at Edition Salzgeber in Berlin, who created the ProRes and DCP. Director Greta Schiller supervised the process and approved the new ProRes and DCP.
New Poster and Trailer Coming Soon!
Contact Info

Theatrical / Festival / Screening rights: Marc Mauceri | | 212-243-0600 x20

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