Thanks to Take Magazine and Carolyn Shapiro for her new article about “Before Homosexuals”.
Can’t make it to the Hartford screening on June 10? No worries, “Before Homosexuals” will be screening on July 22 in Brattleboro, VT at the Latchis Theatre. Tickets are now available online.
What? You live in the midwest and can’t make it to either of those screenings? Well you should come see the film in Kansas City, MO on June 23rd at the OUT HERE NOW LGBT Film Festival.
Advance ticket sales are now open for the Vermont Premiere Screening of “Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” presented by the Brattleboro Film Festival.
The screening will take place July 22nd at the Latchis Theatre @ 4PM in downtown Brattleboro, VT, followed by a lively Q&A with Director John Scagliotti and members of the “Before Homosexuals” crew. Click the “Pay Now” button below to be directed to PayPal to complete your purchase. After the screening and Q&A join us for a slice of the “Saving History” Cake and have a glass of sparkling cider.
Tickets are $15 each. Proceeds of the screening benefit Kopkind Colony’s CineSLAM LGBT Short Film Festival.
We have received word of our official screening date, time, and location for OUT HERE NOW Kansas City LGBT Film Festival 2017. “Before Homosexuals” will be screened at 1:30PM on June 23rd at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport, Kansas City, MO. Tickets are now available for this event at OUTHERENOW.com.
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We are excited to announce “Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” has been officially selected to screen at this year’s OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City’s LGBT Film Festival in Kansas City, MO. We do not have the official screening date yet, but we will keep you informed as new information becomes available.
OUT HERE NOW 2017 will run from June 22nd to June 29th, 2017.
Today is the day!
Tickets to the world premiere screening event of “Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” as part of the 33rd Annual Wicked Queer LGBT Film Festival are now available for purchase online at http://www.mfa.org/programs/film/before-homosexuals.
The film will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on April 8th at 2PM in the Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161). The screening will be followed by a lively Q&A session with director John Scagliotti along with members of the cast and crew. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets today.
While John Scagliotti was news director at WBCN in 1975 he was arrested by the Boston Police vice squad and charged with “soliciting to commit unnatural and lascivious acts.” A jury dressed in festive St. Patrick’s Day attire quickly brought a verdict: guilty as charged. Scagliotti fought that conviction all the way to the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, and with the help of the ACLU, the initial ruling was overturned.
It was a landmark decision for gays and lesbians, and for personal freedom.
Representative Barney Frank at the time told Gay Community News: “This is binding. In effect, it has amended the state’s laws against unnatural acts.… Private consensual, homosexual sex is not convictable.”
Now, more than 40 years later, Scagliotti returns to the scene of the crime April 8th, 2017 at 2PM at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to present the world premiere screening of “Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” as part of the 33rd Annual Wicked Queer LGBT Film Festival. He will be joined by members of the crew and cast for a lively Q&A session after the screening.
We are excited to announce the world premiere of “Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall” will take place on April 8th, 2017, 2:00 PM at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as part of the 33rd Annual Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.
Emmy Award-winner John Scagliotti guides us in a wondrous tour of erotic history, poetry and visual art in this point-of-view documentary on same-sex desire from ancient times to Victorian crimes. He explores how the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the growth of LGBT political power in the 1990s cleared the path for artists and scholars to re-discover pre-20th century same-sex desires. With dozens of experts he revels in lesbian love spells from ancient Rome, censored chapters of the Kamasutra, Native American two-spirit rituals and more. A prequel to “Before Stonewall” (which he produced with Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg), “Before Homosexuals” unearths the garden of human sexual delights and the endurance and creativity of “an army of lovers”.
Scagliotti was news director at WBCN Radio Boston in November 1975 and was arrested. He brings the Boston arrest full-circle when he begins the film on the Greek island of Astypalaia. Standing over same-sex graffiti from 2,500 years ago, he points out the naturalness of homosexuality among the ancient Greeks, in contrast to his arrest and conviction for “soliciting to commit an unnatural act” in Boston in 1975. Scagliotti fought that conviction all the way to the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, where the ruling was overturned.
Representative Barney Frank at the time told Gay Community News that this is an important step forward for gays and lesbians. “This is binding,” he said, “In effect, it has amended the state’s laws against unnatural acts… Private consensual, homosexual sex is not convictable.”
Scagliotti will be presenting the film with a few people from both in front of the camera and behind the scenes for this special world premiere event. Tickets can be purchased starting at 10:00AM on March 23rd at the MFA Website or at the Wicked Queer Website. Price for tickets will be $11 or $9 for MFA members.
We hope to see you at the screening,
The “Before Homosexuals” Crew
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