Before Stonewall

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Before Stonewall
DVD cover
Directed byGreta Schiller
Robert Rosenberg
Produced byJohn Scagliotti
Robert Rosenberg
Greta Schiller
Narrated byRita Mae Brown
CinematographyJan Kraepelin
Sandi Sissel
Cathy Zheutlin
Edited byBill Daughton
Distributed byFirst Run Features
Release date
  • June 27, 1985 (1985-06-27)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community is a 1984 American documentary film about the LGBT community prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots. It was narrated by author Rita Mae Brown, directed by Greta Schiller, co-directed by Robert Rosenberg, and co-produced by John Scagliotti and Rosenberg, and Schiller. It premiered at the 1984 Toronto Festival of Festivals and was released in the United States on June 27, 1985. In 1999, producer Scagliotti directed a companion piece, After Stonewall. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Teddy Awards, the film has been selected to be shown at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016.[1]

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Before Stonewall was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival.[2] It won the Best Film Award at the Houston International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at Filmex, First Place at the National Educational Film Festival, and Honorable Mention at the Global Village Documentary Festival.[3] In 1987, the film won Emmy Awards for Best Historical/Cultural Program and Best Research.[3] In 1989, it won the Festival's Plate at the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.[2]


  1. ^ "Berlinale 2016: Panorama Celebrates Teddy Award's 30th Anniversary and Announces First Titles in Programme". Berlinale. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Awards for Before Stonewall". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-16.
  3. ^ a b "Before Stonewall - Independent Historical Film". Jezebel Productions. Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-02-09.

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