Ever since the 1969 riots on the streets outside New York City’s Stonewall Inn, LGBTQ communities have gathered there to express their joy, their anger, their pain and their power. This film explores what more than half a century of LGBTQ history in the United States looks like when viewed through just a few blocks in New York City’s Greenwich Village. A New York Times Op-Docs film.
FILM FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
6/28/19 – SSHH Mini Pride
Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 7:00pm * SSHH * 516 East 6th Street * NYC
6/28/19 – CineSLAM – Vermont’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 6:00pm * Latchis Theater * Brattleboro, VT
6/9/19 – Pride of the Ocean Film Festival – LGBT Film Festival at Sea
Director: Cheryl Furjanic
Producers: Will Sweeney, Cheryl Furjanic, Eric Marcus, Desireena Almoradie
Cinematographers: April Maxey & Max Skaff
Editor: Viridiana Lieberman
Original Music: JR Schwartz
Executive Producer: Joy Tomchin
Archival Producer: Mark Blane
Associate Editor: Will Garofalo
Assistant Editor: Lucas Gelwarg
Additional Camera: Matthew Cusimano, Myles David Jewell, Emily Geraghty, Ryan O’Toole
Location Sound Recording: Caleb A. Mose, Emily Strong, Matt Sutton, Ryan O’Toole
Color Correction: Daniel Orentlicher, Color Nest
Sound Design / Sound Mix: Ken Takeuchi
Additional Archival Research: Cheryl Furjanic, Shanti Avirgan, Rennie McDougall, Brian DeShazor, Brendan Fay
Production Assistants: Anne Mulford, Laura Murray, Anna Keyes, Inge De Taeye, Ariel Ottey, Robert La Rocca
In the early morning hours of June 25, 2011, I had just returned to New York City from a documentary film festival in Washington D.C. Just a few hours before, the New York State Legislature had voted to legalize same-sex marriage for people like me and the celebration outside the Stonewall Inn was still going strong. I took a taxi straight downtown — suitcase and all — to join in. I made it home several hours later with the excitement of our community in my heart and a pink feather stuck to the wheel of my bag.
Gatherings of LGBTQ folks near the Stonewall bar are nothing new. Beginning just one month after the June 28, 1969, Stonewall uprising, and continuing to this day, Sheridan Square and Christopher Park, just across the street from the bar, have become a place to express our joy, our anger, our grief, our pain and our power.
Inspired by the street kids, trans folks, gender-nonconforming youth, drag queens and allies who fought back at the police raid that started the uprising, activists and community members have been gathering in the shadow of the Stonewall for 50 years to say: “We are LGBTQ people. We exist. See us, hear us. We demand our rights.”
This film explores what more than half a century of LGBTQ history in the United States looks like when viewed through just a few blocks in New York City’s Greenwich Village. If this pavement could talk, what would it say? Every gathering depicted in our film (from 1969 to the present) either took place in the area around Stonewall or was an event that began or ended there. From protests, to celebrations, to vigils, to personal pilgrimages, this small piece of land has become a sacred space with a magnetic pull for LGBTQ people from around the world. It has been a monument to our resistance and our resilience, since long before the National Parks Service declared it so.
The Stonewall uprising was the match that ignited what was then a fragile civil rights movement. This film tells the story of the courageous New York City queers who have been guarding and tending the flame — on those same city blocks — ever since.
The Monument was awarded a grant by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and funded by the New York City Council’s LGBT Caucus. We also received generous support from Robby Browne, Public Square Films, and Liz Liguori and Elspeth Gilmore & the Trust Web. We are currently raising funds to support film festival submissions, distribution, and to develop an education and outreach campaign.
Tax-deductible donations can be made via our non-profit fiscal sponsor the Center for Independent Documentary to support the distribution of this film.
OUR FILM FEATURED ON THE HOME PAGE OF THE NY TIMES WEBSITE ON 6/4/19
OUR FILM WAS AN EDITOR’S PICK IN THE NEW YORK TIMES “TODAY’S HEADLINES” EMAIL ON 6/5/19
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