Directed by award-winner Jeffrey Schwarz, Vito paints a touching portrait of this outspoken activist in the LGBT community's struggle for equal rights, using period footage and film clips to capture a vibrant era of gay culture. "If you're going to talk about the gay-rights movement, you're going to talk about Vito," says journalist David Ehrenstein.
The documentary features rich archival interviews with Vito, as well as insights from gay rights activists, including: Larry Kramer and Arthur Evans; film scholars, among them former MoMA film curator Jon Gartenberg; and journalists/writers such as Michael Schiavi and Gabriel Rotello. Vito also offers personal accounts from his many friends, including Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch, and his family members, including brother Charles Russo and cousin Phyllis Antonellis.
Vito was produced and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz; executive producer, Bryan Singer; co-producers, Philip Harrison, Lotti Pharriss Knowles; editor, Philip Harrison; director of photography, David Quantic; composer, Miriam Cutler. For HBO: supervising producer, John Hoffman; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.