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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
One event, though unexpected, has the power to change history. Values promoted: living authentic lives; standing up for one's dignity in the face of relentless harassment; and taking steps to right wrongs.
Positive Role Models
Portrays members of the LGBTQ community over several decades with respect, compassion, and admiration for their courage. Lauds the fearlessness and integrity of participants in a life-changing historical event. Ethnic and gender diversity throughout.
Violence & Scariness
Some violence in archival newsreel footage. Discussions about the harassment and beatings of LGBTQ folks over many decades. Conversations give details of physically fighting back.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Movie is based on events and real-life individuals from the LGBTQ communities. Interviews are conducted with gay men, lesbians, transgender folks, drag queens, past and present.
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"Hell," "bad ass," "homo."
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Products & Purchases
Events are set in The Stonewall Inn, NYC.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Footage from 1960s and '70s take place in a bar where alcohol is being served. Cigarettes are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stonewall Outloud is a short (32 minute) documentary commemorating the people and events of June 28, 1969, when patrons of The Stonewall Inn, a Manhattan gay bar, resisted arrest and fought back against the New York City Police Department. "The Stonewall Uprising," as it's widely known, is marked as a significant event for the world's LGBTQ community as they fought against law enforcement that night, and continue to fight for equal rights, as well as freedom from repression and harassment. Legal statutes and bigotry had marginalized their lives. The Uprising energized a proactive movement. Viewers will see newsreel footage showing the riots, as well as frank discussions about physical fights between police and protestors. Archival material shows folks in bars, drinking; some men are in drag; cigarettes are seen. A few curses and slurs are heard (i.e., "hell," "bad ass," "homo"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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