2012 OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
6:00 PM - Pre-show Meetup
6:30 PM - Showtime
Co-presented by the Kansas City Human Rights Commission and the Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America
Join us for a celebration of courage at the Heartland premiere of an inspirational and empowering film about one of the most articulate, charismatic voices for gay rights and the founding father of the gay liberation movement.
Jeffrey Schwarz's comprehensive and moving film tells Russo's story through the voices of many of his friends and colleagues, among them Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin, Felice Picano and Larry Kramer. Intimate interviews with family members evoke a touching picture of Russois parents' gradual embrace of everything he stood for.
Vito's parallel passions for cinema and gay rights came together in the book The Celluloid Closet, a groundbreaking study of gay and lesbian imagery and themes in film that remains a landmark in the field, and which subsequently became a major documentary film.
As one of the founders of GLAAD, Russo led the charge in demanding an end to homophobic portrayals of gays and lesbians in the media.
As AIDS engulfed the gay community, Russo became one of the most ferocious critics of the Reagan administration's response to the epidemic and a tireless advocate for people with AIDS. Vito became a passionate advocate for justice via the newly formed ACT UP, before his death in 1990.
Be inspired and be a part of history in the making.
During the festival, GLAMA will be welcoming donations of documents and artifacts to be included in the new Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America.
ALL SEATS 8.50
VITO Trailer Coming Soon