Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Thu, Jun 6, 2019 7:30 PM




Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 pm | Members $12 | Public $17 | Includes reception
With Director Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss, author of Before Stonewall:
The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community

Contrary to the perception that their history started with the Stonewall riot, gays and lesbians have long been an essential, if necessarily hidden, part of American life. In their groundbreaking documentary, Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg pry open the closet door to reveal the dramatic story of the public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s.

Brand new restoration! In 1969 the patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village transformed a routine police raid into the beginning of the LGBT movement with three nights of rioting—an event which has since become a cornerstone of modern gay history. 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 gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. 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-bydecade history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and amazing interviews with those who lived through an often brutal closeted history. (USA, 1985, 87 Mins., NR, English | Dir. Greta Schiller & Robert Rosenberg).