Before Stonewall

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Before Stonewall
DVD cover
Directed by Greta Schiller
Produced by John Scagliotti
Robert Rosenberg
Greta Schiller
Narrated by Rita Mae Brown
Cinematography Jan Kraepelin
Sandi Sissel
Cathy Zheutlin
Edited by Bill Daughton
Distributed by
First Run Features
Release dates
June 27, 1985 (USA)
Running time
87 mins
Country United States
Language English

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 Film Festival and was released in the United States on June 27, 1985. In 1999, producer Scagliotti directed a companion piece, After Stonewall.

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Before Stonewall was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival.[1] It won the Best Film Award at the Houston International Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at Los Angeles FILMEX, First Place at the National Educational Film Festival, and Honorable Mention at the Global Village Documentary Festival.[2] In 1987, the film won Emmy Awards for Best Historical/Cultural Program and Best Research.[2] In 1989, it won the Festival's Plate at the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Awards for Before Stonewall". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ 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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