Center to screen ‘The Celluloid Closet’


The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County Reel Upstanders Film Series will present a screening of the documentary film, “The Celluloid Closet,” on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.

The 1995 film examines the various Hollywood screen depictions of the LGBTQ community and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

The film is based on Vito Russo’s book of the same name, published in 1981.

Russo wanted his book to be transformed into a documentary film and helped out on the project until he died in 1990.

Some critics of the documentary noted that it was less political than the book and ended on a more positive note.

However, Russo had wanted the documentary to be entertaining and to reflect the positive changes that had occurred up to 1990.

The guest speaker at this screening event will be visual artist Philip Monaghan.

Light refreshments will be served.

There is a requested donation of $10.

HMTC, Welwyn Preserve is located at 100 Crescent Beach Road in Glen Cove.

To reserve a seat, RSVP to Deborah Lom at 516-571-8040 or via email at

Reel Upstanders was established in honor of David Taub (1932-2010), a Holocaust Survivor and respected friend of HMTC.

For more than 20 years, HMTC has been fulfilling its mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach.

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