On Monday night, the Landmark Westside Pavilion screening of our YouTube Original documentary with StoryCorps, Stonewall Outloud, brought to life the voices and memories of those who paved the way for LGBTQ+ rights. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato were joined by Adam Rippon, Amber Whittington, and Alonso Duralde for a Q&A following the film’s presentation by the International Documentary Association.
“The relevance of Stonewall lies in the fact that it isn’t history. It may have been fifty years ago, but it’s still a struggle that is present today,” said Bailey. “This is not a story that lives in the past; it’s a story that lives in the present.”
Barbato added, “With this film, we had this audio, and it was mesmerizing, but the goal was, ‘how do you bring it to life?’ and not just plaster pictures or archives over it. How do you really bring it to life to connect to younger people? And we just thought—lip sync for your life.”
“In this day and age, it’s so important to tell those stories because they are relevant now,” said Rippon. “As a young gay person, I didn’t know what Stonewall was, up until a few years ago.”
Stonewall Outloud highlights the stories of those who were there as the uprising began 50 years ago, through a fresh perspective with rare recordings unearthed from the archives of StoryCorps.
“Only one voice is not enough,” said Whittington. “We are a community and we have to get together and do more.”
If you missed this International Documentary Association screening and want to watch the documentary, you can stream it on YouTube or come out to support the film at our next screening on November 30th at the Laemmle Monica Film Center.
Check out photos from the screening below!
Photo Credit: Chelsea Guglielmino – Getty Images