Vito Russo Documentary Makes The New York Film Festival—From Michael Musto, “The Village Voice”
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. This is his story—Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of “The Celluloid Closet,” and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.
Michael Musto says, ” 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”. Now the film has been accepted and will be playing at the New York Film Festival, “an incredibly prestigious honor”.