Vito (film)

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Directed byJeffrey Schwarz
Produced byJeffrey Schwarz
Bryan Singer
StarringVito Russo
CinematographyDavid Quantic
Edited byPhilip Harrison
Music byMiriam Cutler
Distributed byFirst Run Features
Release date
  • October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14) (New York Film Festival)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States

Vito is a 2011 American documentary film produced and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz of the Los Angeles-based production company Automat Pictures. The film documents the life of Vito Russo, gay activist, film scholar, and author of The Celluloid Closet.[1][2]

Vito premiered at the 2011 New York Film Festival,[3] went on to screen within such festivals as Maryland Film Festival, and made its television debut on HBO in July 2012.[1] The DVD was released by First Run Features in April 2013.[4]


Development and released[edit]

The film, executive produced by Bryan Singer and produced for HBO Documentary Films, premiered at the 2011 New York Film Festival and made its television debut on HBO in July 2012. It received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research at the 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards,[5] as well as a GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. Critically well-received, Vito was hailed by Time Magazine as a document that shows how civil rights and entertainment are "deeply connected." Based on rejuvenated interest in Russo's life and work, Schwarz edited two volumes of Russo's writing entitled Out Spoken: A Vito Russo Reader.


  1. ^ a b Genzlinger, Neil (22 July 2012). "'Vito,' a Documentary About Vito Russo, on HBO". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ Rooney, David (14 October 2011). "Vito: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  3. ^ Musto, Michael (29 August 2011). "Vito Russo Documentary Makes The New York Film Festival". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  4. ^ "DVD Review: 'Vito'". CineVue. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  5. ^ "News & Documentary Emmys: "Vito" and "AC360" take home awards". GLAAD. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2021.

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