Vito Russo Documentary Makes The New York Film Festival

Vito Russo Documentary Makes The New York Film Festival

Vito Russo was the film scholar who wrote the benchmark book The Celluloid Closet, but he was also a fiery Act Up activist who changes minds and moved things forward during a particularly dire time in gay life.

I was honored to be a talking head in Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary about Vito (I respected the man -- and, besides, Vito was one of a handful of people who congratulated me when I got this job; everyone else must have been deeply jealous).

And now, the movie will be playing the New York Film Festival, an incredibly prestigious honor.

It's the kind of thing Vito would have gone to see.

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