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Courtesy of The Film Collaborative

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Jeffrey Schwartz



93 minutes


Special ticket prices apply! General admission is $10. MFAH members, students with ID, and seniors receive a $2 discount.

​Introduced by author/journalist Vance Muse, member of the MFAH film committee

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. Executive Produced by Bryan Singer and featuring interviews with, among others, Lily Tomlin, Bruce Vilanch, and Larry Kramer, with period footage of Russo’s interviews, commentaries, and participation in early Gay Pride events, VITO paints an inspiring portrait of one of the most important activists of our time.

Click here to read a New York Times review of the film.