* North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Audience Award, best Documentary *
* Long Beach QFilm Festival - Best Documentary Editing *
* Out At The Movies - Best Documentary *
* FilmOut San Diego - Freedom Award *
* Jury Award Nominee - Austin Film Festival *
From 1974-1994, Studio One and its adjoining live music venue, The Backlot, became symbols of hope and community for gay men during tumultuous times. Amidst the rise of gay rights, disco's heyday, and the devastating AIDS crisis, the club offered sanctuary from rampant homophobia and police oppression. It was where legends like Liza Minnelli and Eartha Kitt performed, and rising stars like Roseanne Barr and Rosie O'Donnell ignited their careers.
Fast forward 26 years, and as West Hollywood faces the demolition of this iconic building, a community uproar emerges to preserve its history. Through personal accounts, the documentary delves into Studio One's story against the backdrop of a progressing gay liberation clashing with 80s conservatism and the escalating AIDS nightmare. It's a testament to an era, immortalizing the club's legacy for future generations.
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY CASCADE AIDS PROJECT, RICK WATKINS , MATT PEHARDA & BLAINE KOZAK.
Content warning: discussion of drug use, discussion of racist practices and racism
Length: 96 minutes
Director: Marc Saltarelli
Producer: Stephen Israel, Michael Alden, Marc Saltarelli, Lloyd Coleman, Gary Steinberg, Chris Isaacson
Executive Producer: Gary A. Carnow, Alan Eichler