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Smithsonian Channel readies LGBTQ+ doc “Beyond Stonewall”

Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in America through an exploration of rare artifacts in the upcoming documentary Smithsonian Time ...
May 21, 2019

Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in America through an exploration of rare artifacts in the upcoming documentary Smithsonian Time Capsule: Beyond Stonewall.

Produced by Highland Pictures, the film moves beyond the Stonewall riots of 1969, often celebrated as the birth of modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, to trace the struggles and triumphs of modern gay life. Using commentary from LGBTQ+ allies, icons and expert perspectives from Smithsonian curators, Beyond Stonewall tells the story of the LGBTQ+ community via rare artifacts in the Smithsonian collections.

The doc illustrates the multifaceted journeys of trailblazing gay pioneers in the objects they left behind, including 19th-century stage actress Charlotte Cushman’s Cardinal Wolsey costume; a first edition copy of poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass; love letters among World War II soldiers, and more.

The documentary features commentary from LGBTQ+ icons like Matthew Shepard’s parents, Stonewall eyewitness participant Mark Segal, and Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be consecrated a bishop by the Episcopal Church.

Alan Martin and Pip Gilmour are executive producers for Highland Pictures. Linda Goldman and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Smithsonian Time Capsule: Beyond Stonewall premieres June 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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