Miriam Cutler

Vito

2012
Vito

Project Details

Released 2012
Production Company HBO/Automat Pictures/Directed by Jeffrey Schwartz
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Project Details

Synopsis


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.


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Credits


HBO/Automat Pictures


Produced and Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz


Executive Produced by Bryan Singer


Co-Produced and Edited by Philip Harrison


Co-Produced by Lotti Pharriss Knowles


Original Score by Miriam Cutler


Awards & Highlights


Winner, Emmy Award (2013), Outstanding Research


Also nominated for Emmy Award (2013), Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form


Premiered October, 2011 at the NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL at Lincoln Center


International Premier BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2012


HBO Premier Broadcast July 2012


Opening night, OUTFEST, FRAMELINE


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Reviews


"An emotionally powerful documentary portrait with an impassioned voice that befits its subject, Jeffrey Schwarz’s Vito marries personal and cultural history in its account of the life and activism of Vito Russo, a pivotal figure in both the early gay-rights movement and the fight against AIDS ... Miriam Cutler’s propulsive score gives shape to the film’s emotional journey."  ~ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter


"Jeffrey Schwarz's involving biodoc on Vito Russo, leading gay activist, film scholar and author of "The Celluloid Closet," portrays a vibrant, charismatic, remarkably consistent individual, as generous in his personal life as in his political engagements. Schwarz...makes his subject a dramatic focal point in the history of gay rights from the Stonewall riots to the AIDS epidemic." ~ Ronnie Scheib, Variety


"After watching “Vito,” a documentary about Vito Russo on Monday night on HBO, you might be tempted to think, “Wow, that was an amazingly full life.” But really it was a life cut short..." ~ Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times


"I highly recommend it to anyone interest in pop culture, in civil rights, or in how the two are deeply connected." ~ James Poniewozik, Time Magazine



Project Details

Synopsis


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.


Visit VITO on Facebook.


Credits


HBO/Automat Pictures


Produced and Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz


Executive Produced by Bryan Singer


Co-Produced and Edited by Philip Harrison


Co-Produced by Lotti Pharriss Knowles


Original Score by Miriam Cutler


Awards & Highlights


Winner, Emmy Award (2013), Outstanding Research


Also nominated for Emmy Award (2013), Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form


Premiered October, 2011 at the NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL at Lincoln Center


International Premier BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2012


HBO Premier Broadcast July 2012


Opening night, OUTFEST, FRAMELINE


emmyvito 1nyff11   hbo doc   


vito berlin    vito frameline      vito outfest

Reviews


"An emotionally powerful documentary portrait with an impassioned voice that befits its subject, Jeffrey Schwarz’s Vito marries personal and cultural history in its account of the life and activism of Vito Russo, a pivotal figure in both the early gay-rights movement and the fight against AIDS ... Miriam Cutler’s propulsive score gives shape to the film’s emotional journey."  ~ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter


"Jeffrey Schwarz's involving biodoc on Vito Russo, leading gay activist, film scholar and author of "The Celluloid Closet," portrays a vibrant, charismatic, remarkably consistent individual, as generous in his personal life as in his political engagements. Schwarz...makes his subject a dramatic focal point in the history of gay rights from the Stonewall riots to the AIDS epidemic." ~ Ronnie Scheib, Variety


"After watching “Vito,” a documentary about Vito Russo on Monday night on HBO, you might be tempted to think, “Wow, that was an amazingly full life.” But really it was a life cut short..." ~ Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times


"I highly recommend it to anyone interest in pop culture, in civil rights, or in how the two are deeply connected." ~ James Poniewozik, Time Magazine



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