Before Stonewall


1h 27m 1985
Before Stonewall

Brief Synopsis

A portrait of the history of the homosexual experience in the United States. Using filmed recollections and a wealth of archival material from both the mass media's portrayal of homosexuality and from the gay subculture's own documentation, we trace the social, political, and cultural development of the lesbian and gay community.

Film Details

Also Known As
Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community, The
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
1985

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Synopsis

A portrait of the history of the homosexual experience in the United States. Using filmed recollections and a wealth of archival material from both the mass media's portrayal of homosexuality and from the gay subculture's own documentation, we trace the social, political, and cultural development of the lesbian and gay community.

Crew

Nan Allendorfer

Researcher

Harold Arlen

Song

Ann Bannon

Other

John Baumann

Titles

Damian Begley

Assistant Editor

Lisa Ben

Other

Irving Berlin

Song

Jan Blair

Photography

Zane Blaney

Research Assistant

George Buse

Other

Becky Butler

Camera Assistant

Jackie Cachero

Other

Amy Chen

Production Coordinator

Paul H Clarke

Other

Michelle Cliff

Consultant

Blanche W Cook

Consultant

John D'emilio

Consultant

Hilary Dann

Consultant

Bill Daughton

Editor

Carroll Davis

Other

Doris Day

Song Performer

Walter Donaldson

Song

Martin Duberman

Other

Deborah Edel

Consultant

Malvina Edwards

Song

Malvina Edwards

Song Performer

Neil Elliot

Research Assistant

Bruce Eves

Consultant

Sammy Fain

Song

Jeff Farber

Photography

Anne Marie Forte

Associate Producer

Anne Marie Forte

Sound

Peter Friedman

Sound

Peter Friedman

Assistant Editor

Reverend Grant Gallup

Other

Judy Garland

Song Performer

Allen Ginsberg

Other

Barbara Gittings

Other

Jewelle Gomez

Other

Jeff Goodman

Research Assistant

Claudia Gorbman

Researcher

Mark Gordon

Song

Erica Gottfried

Consultant

Katherine Grant-bourne

Unit Manager

Barbara Grier

Other

Janie Groff

Research Assistant

John Hammond

Consultant

Mabel Hampton

Other

E. Y. Harburg

Song

Harry Hay

Other

Lauren Helf

Animator

Dorothy Hillaire

Other

Dr. Evelyn Hooker

Other

Larry Horne

Researcher

Ike & Tina Turner

Song Performer

Bill Jacobson

Photography

Jefferson Airplane

Song Performer

Gus Kahn

Song

Frank Kameny

Other

Amy Kato

Unit Manager

Jim Kepner

Other

Jim Kepner

Consultant

Jan Kraepelin

Other

Jan Kraepelin

Cinematographer

Audre Lorde

Other

Rob Lutrell

Animator

Nancy Macculloch

Other

Toby Marotta

Consultant

Beni Matias

Sound

Patricia Mei

Unit Manager

Nancy Miller

Other

Neil Miller

Other

Joan Nestle

Consultant

Richard Bruce Nugent

Other

Carrol Oliver

Research Assistant

Judith Oney

Research Assistant

Harry Otis

Other

Julia Penelope

Consultant

Johnnie Phelps

Other

Roy Ramsing

Sound

Rosetta Reitz

Consultant

Craig Rodwell

Other

Ted Rolfs

Other

Robert Rosenberg

Producer

Chuck Rowlands

Other

Vito Russo

Consultant

Dean Sargent

Sound

Deborah Sargent

Camera Assistant

Jose Sarria

Other

John Scagliotti

Executive Producer

Greta Schiller

Producer

Tina Schiller

Unit Manager

Judith Schwartz

Consultant

Laurie Seligman

Sound

Paul Sergio

Research Assistant

Susan Shoiji

Research Assistant

Frank Sinatra

Song Performer

Sandi Sissel

Other

Sandi Sissel

Cinematographer

Donna Smith

Other

Kate Smith

Song Performer

Jan Stott

Assistant Editor

Ricky Streiker

Other

Marge Summit

Other

J T Tagaki

Sound

Jeff Tennyson

Graphics

Hank Vilas

Other

Harry Warren

Song

Tom Waugh

Consultant

Paul Webster

Song

Andrea Weiss

Researcher

Judy Whitaker

Other

Judy Whitaker

Photography

Sande Zeig

Research Assistant

Cathy Zheutlin

Other

Cathy Zheutlin

Cinematographer

Film Details

Also Known As
Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community, The
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
1985

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1985

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States April 1985

Released in United States July 2009

Released in United States June 17, 1989

Released in United States June 1994

Released in United States March 1985

Released in United States November 1985

Released in United States October 1985

Released in United States on Video June 8, 1999

Released in United States September 1985

Released in United States Winter December 16, 1986

Shown at 1985 Antwerp International Festival.

Shown at 1985 Florence Women's Festival

Shown at 1985 Hemisfilm Festival.

Shown at 1985 Inout Film Festival.

Shown at 1985 United States Sundance Film Festival.

Shown at Creteil Women's Film Festival March 1985.

Shown at Houston International Film Festival April 1985.

Shown at London Film Festival November 1985.

Shown at New York International Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film June 17, 1989.

Shown at Nyon International Film Festival October 1985.

Shown at Outfest: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Special Events) July 9-19, 2009.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 1985.

Broadcast over PBS on December 16, 1986.

Released in United States 1985 (Shown at 1985 Antwerp International Festival.)

Released in United States 1985 (Shown at 1985 Florence Women's Festival)

Released in United States 1985 (Shown at 1985 Hemisfilm Festival.)

Formally distributed through Cina Guild.

Released in United States 1985 (Shown at 1985 Inout Film Festival.)

Released in United States 1985 (Shown at 1985 United States Sundance Film Festival.)

Released in United States 1994 (Shown in New York City (MOMA) as part of program "Gays and Film: Get Reel" June 17 - July 12, 1994.)

Released in United States March 1985 (Shown at Creteil Women's Film Festival March 1985.)

Released in United States March 1985 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (US Independent Feature Competition) March 14-31, 1985.)

Released in United States March 1985 (Shown at Los Angeles Filmex March 1985.)

Released in United States April 1985 (Shown at Houston International Film Festival April 1985.)

Released in United States June 1994 (Shown in New York City (Anthology Film Archives) as part of program "25 Years of Exposure" June 17-23, 1994.)

Released in United States on Video June 8, 1999

Released in United States June 17, 1989 (Shown at New York International Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film June 17, 1989.)

Released in United States July 2009 (Shown at Outfest: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Special Events) July 9-19, 2009.)

Released in United States September 1985 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 1985.)

Released in United States October 1985 (Shown at Nyon International Film Festival October 1985.)

Released in United States November 1985 (Shown at London Film Festival November 1985.)

Released in United States Winter December 16, 1986