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Stonewall Outloud

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Highly original, affecting docu about iconic LGBTQ uprising.

Movie NR 2019 32 minutes
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Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have met their goal, utilizing heartfelt testimony and inventive, thoughtful film techniques to deliver a remarkable and moving cinematic experience. Using current activists and personalities to lip-sync 30-year-old radio interviews must have been a risky undertaking, but it works. The on-camera "speakers" hold photographs of the real folks as they "talk." It's done with precision and sensitivity. Additionally, the film team makes the most of brief recreations of events that don't detract from the tale they are telling. A highlight of Stonewall Outloud is Daniel Franzese's compelling performance as he lip-syncs the testimony of Seymour Pine, the police officer in charge. While all of the performers are excellent, the real-life participants interviewed -- Randy Wicker, "Tree," Martin Boyce -- bring special sensitivity to what was for each of them a life-changing moment.

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