Out On Film hosts ATL debut of acclaimed ‘Vito’

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Vito Russo, the gay activist known best to some as the author of “The Celluloid Closet” and others as a vocal member of ACT UP and an early critic of LGBT media coverage, gets his due in the highly lauded documentary “Vito.” It comes to Atlanta next month courtesy Out on Film.

The Southeastern premiere screening on March 7 serves as a tribute to Russo (photos) and a fundraiser for the 25th Anniversary Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival in September. From Out on Film:

The acclaimed documentary “Vito” will have its Southeastern premiere on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Midtown Art Cinema as a fundraiser for Out On Film’s 25th anniversary year.

In the aftermath of Stonewall, a newly politicized Vito Russo found his voice as a gay activist and critic of LGBT 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. Director Jeffrey Schwarz and executive producer Bryan Singer tell us the story of a man who changed the gay landscape.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online via Out On Film.


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