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In the summer of 1969, a group young people fought back against a police raid of a popular NYC gay bar. This Stonewall uprising became the match that ignited the still fragile gay rights movement. In the years that followed, the LGBTQ community would gather together near Stonewall in times of celebration, mourning, and protest. In 2016, the area surrounding Stonewall was designated as a National Monument. How and why did this location go from the site of a gay rights riot to a U.S. National Park in less than 50 years and what can we learn from Stonewall?
Cheryl Furjanic (Director/Producer) is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose documentary and fiction films have screened at 150+ festivals worldwide and on television. Her most recent feature documentary, Back on Board: Greg Louganis was broadcast on HBO and nominated for an Emmy Award and Producers Guild of America award in 2016. Her feature documentary, Sync or Swim (2008) premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and received a Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2014 she was named to the OUT100—Out Magazine’s list of the most compelling LGBT people of the year. Though she has worked in many different filmmaking genres, there is a through-line in all of her work of heart, humor, and hope in the face of uncertainty.
Eric Marcus (Producer) is the creator and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, which mines his decades-old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his oral history book of the same name about the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history. Eric’s other books include “Is It A Choice?,” “Why Suicide?,” and “Breaking the Surface,” the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. He is also founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization of nearly 100 organizations and institutions planning programming, exhibitions, and educational materials tied to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall.
Will Sweeney (Producer) is a filmmaker based in New York City. Will co-wrote and produced the award-winning HBO documentary film Back on Board: Greg Louganis and he produced the critically-acclaimed The Royal Tenenbaums. Will co-founded BB Optics, a leading film preservation and digital post-production facility. He graduated from the New York University – Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film & Television production.
Desireena Almoradie (Producer) is an award-winning producer and director with years of experience creating educational content for PBS shows such as In the Life and TV-411. She has produced programming for A&E Biography, the History Channel, CourtTV, Logo Networks and Here TV. From broadcast television she transitioned into advertising, working as a Senior Producer at DraftFCB for five years, where she continued to produced award-winning content. She is currently in post-production on her first feature length documentary as director, entitled To Germany, With Love.