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Watch: 'Stonewall Uprising' Trailer


I had the chance to see 'Stonewall Uprising' and would recommend it to all. It opened on Wednesday in Manhattan, and opens in several more markets including L.A., Boston, and Portland this weekend.

The film features interviews with several Stonewall participants, including an officer who was there the night the bar was raided. It combines real footage with reenactments, though often it's hard to tell what's archival and what's not. The effect, for me at least, was to get a much stronger visual and tangible sense of what it must have been like to have experienced that night.

The NYT writes: "It is a sad indication of the marginalization of homosexuality in the late 1960s that media coverage of the Stonewall riots was mostly after the fact. And even then it was cursory and often condescending. Because so little photographic documentation exists of the unrest, the film relies mostly on eyewitnesses, including Seymour Pine, the now-retired police officer who led the initial raid of six officers and who describes it as 'a real war.' The details of the raid are reconstructed by several who were present, including Howard Smith and Lucian Truscott IV, journalists for The Village Voice whose offices were nearby. The film focuses on the first night of the unrest."

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Looks very interesting, though to say "there was no out" is just not true, Harry Hay founded the Mattachine Society in 1950 and Frank Kameny among others had protested publicy long before a bunch of bar patrons in Greenwich Village fought back.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jun 17, 2010 1:40:08 PM

  2. How ironic that, in the first picture, if you didn't know better, you wouldn't know who were supposed to be the gay people.

    All the mustachioed policemen look like they're in a group photo from uniform fetish night at any gay leather bar in America.

    They couldn't POSSIBLY look more stereotypically gay!

    Which makes me wonder, How many of THEM came out of the closet some time after Stonewall?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 17, 2010 2:16:00 PM

  3. It's also playing Thursday, June 24th in SF for the Frameline film festival.

    Posted by: Jacob | Jun 17, 2010 2:21:45 PM

  4. I would like to find out who that asshole is in the beginning talking to those kids? Bascially scaring them, and forcing any Gay kid to commit suicide.....Id like to find out if that hateful jerkoff is still alive, and IF not- where's he buried so we can piss on his grave!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 17, 2010 2:50:05 PM

  5. Lack of media coverage was because elite gays didn't want to get their hands dirty.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 17, 2010 2:57:41 PM

  6. The question in my mind is why this doesn't happen today?

    What keeps us from rising up against our oppressors and saying enough is enough? Why are we only content as a group to send our check, carry our banners and signs, and write our ineffective lawmakers when nothing has changed? We've had opportune flash-points in Atlanta and El Paso most recently but for some reason we're unwilling.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | Jun 17, 2010 3:14:15 PM

  7. well maybe because we no longer have most of our friends dead or dying...we are no longer driven by fear and we are not deprived as we once were...the internet makes everything so much easier...not being american most of the glbt fights here have been won to a certain extent...maybe we're just tired, or complacent

    Posted by: epic | Jun 17, 2010 3:42:08 PM

  8. Those mustaches didn't become "in" for gya men until the mid-70's.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 17, 2010 5:44:57 PM

  9. This is amazing! The people and the images are so powerful. I especially like the guy who says "I was a MAN!" Way to go!

    Posted by: james Brown | Jun 17, 2010 6:18:44 PM

  10. The Stonewall incident, did not get media attention... even in the time it happened. I believe that the impromptu march by Harvey Milk on 6/7/77 was far more important. On the same day as the incident, when forces led by Anita Bryant in Dade County Florida,voted to overturn a gay rights ordinance was felt over eighteen hundred miles away in California. Over 5,000 people marched against the verdict, and it was picked up by the national media at the time it happened was far more important. ThroughOUT the country, in big cities and small towns across the USA... people were able to read about it when it happened. Stonewall took years for it to become part of our struggle's history.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Jun 18, 2010 8:20:41 AM

  11. And to think from 1951 to 1957 I was a child porn star. In 51 I was 9 years old the pictures of me and my boyfriend were taken with my camera and I mailed the pictures to a company that wanted sex pictures. My boyfriend was 7 when we started. We stayed together for 10 years.

    Posted by: hinbww | Jun 18, 2010 4:51:14 PM

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