Jeffery Schwarz and Lotti Pharriss Knowles, producer/director and producer respectively of the award-winning HBO documentary Vito, have launched a new Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to digitize all thirteen episodes of Russo's groundbreaking 1983 TV series Our Time and upload the series to YouTube for free viewing. Check out Schwarz explaining the importance of bringing Our Time to a new generation below.
Our Time ran on public access channel WNYC in 1983 for thirteen episodes and covered a range of important issues including LGBT history, drag, and the early days of AIDS crisis. Guests included ACT UP founding member Larry Kramer, gay pioneer Harry Hay, writers Rita Mae Brown, Quentin Crisp and Tennessee Williams, actors Harvey Fierstein and Lily Tomlin and several other prominent figures.
Vito premiered last summer on HBO and profiled Russo's life from his childhood to becoming a leading voice in the gay equality movement in the early 1970s, through authoring The Celluloid Closet and co-founding GLAAD, to his unfortunate passing. The film also picked up two Emmy nominations for the 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards including Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form, which will be presented October 1.
To learn more about the digitizing of Our Time, visit the Kickstarter page here.