Before Stonewall with filmmakers in person!


In celebration of its 20th anniversary season, Lesbian Looks welcomes filmmakers Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss to Tucson for a very special screening of their groundbreaking, award-winning 1984 documentary Before Stonewall. In 1969 the patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village decided to fight back, transforming a routine police raid into three nights of rioting which marked the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement. Before Stonewall examines the historical background of this sudden burst of political energy — from the social experimentation of the Roaring Twenties, to the discovery of the true size of this hidden society during World War II, to the scapegoating of homosexuals during the McCarthy era, to the development of the early homophile rights movement — providing an informative and engaging portrait of the history of homosexual experience in America. Using filmed recollections and a wealth of archival material, the film traces the social, political, and cultural development of the gay and lesbian community. Narrated by Rita Mae Brown. (Dir. By Greta Schiller, 1984, USA, 87 mins., Not Rated) Digital