DirectorGreta Schiller SequelAfter Stonewall CountryUnited States
CastRed Jordan Arobateau (Himself - writer), Ann Bannon (Herself - university professor), Lisa Ben (Herself - former secretary), Gladys Bentley (Herself - Nightclub Singer (voice) (archive footage)) Release dateJune 27, 1985 (USA) DirectorsGreta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg Similar moviesTaboo, Caravaggio, Falling Star, Love Is Strange, Je t'aime moi non plus, I Killed My Mother
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 Festival of Festivals and was released in the United States on June 27, 1985. In 1999, producer Scagliotti directed a companion piece, After Stonewall. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Teddy Awards, the film has been selected to be shown at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016.
Before Stonewall was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival. 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. In 1987, the film won Emmy Awards for Best Historical/Cultural Program and Best Research. In 1989, it won the Festival's Plate at the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.