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Bringing Vito Russo's groundbreaking television series "Our Time" to YouTube and the next generation!
Bringing Vito Russo's groundbreaking television series "Our Time" to YouTube and the next generation!
52 backers pledged $3,670 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello from the filmmakers of VITO, the Emmy-nominated documentary about LGBT activist and "Celluloid Closet" author Vito Russo!

In 1983, Vito produced and co-hosted "Our Time," a television series focused on the gay community. The thirteen episodes that ran on public television station WNYC tackled important issues such as gay history, drag, alcoholism and AIDS, in perhaps the most famous episode at the dawn of the crisis featuring Larry Kramer. Other on-air guests included Harry Hay, Rita Mae Brown, Tennessee Williams, Harvey Fierstein, Quentin Crisp, Lily Tomlin and many other notable public figures.

30 years after "Our Time" originally aired, we finally have a unique opportunity to share this groundbreaking series with the world. Our goal is to retrieve all episodes in their entirety from the vault, digitize them, and upload them to YouTube by the end of this year, where they can be freely accessed and enjoyed by scholars, historians, and a whole new generation who may not be familiar with Vito's legacy.

Our Kickstarter goal is to raise $3,500, which will cover our post-production costs on this project. We have to raise the entire amount by the deadline in ten days, or we don’t get anything -- those are the rules of Kickstarter! We have some great incentives to sweeten the deal, so we hope you'll give generously and tell your friends about our campaign.

Thank you, and please help us make 2013 "Our Time" again!

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"Our Time" will have a fairly easy journey to completion, once we've raised the necessary funds. We will need to hire an editor and one other post-production staff member to digitize, edit and upload all the material, but with your help we can have this finished by the end of 2013.

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