Every great book deserves a film version, especially if the book is about the movies. The 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet
was based on Vito Russo's well-researched book of the same name, depicting how Hollywood portrayed gays and lesbians during much of the 20th century (badly, for the most part). Released five years after Russo's death from AIDS, the film tells a compelling story, but a new documentary, Vito
, turns the focus on Russo's personal life as a gay activist. The movie, showing at 6:30 p.m., opens the Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania, 913-561-5222). See kcgayfilmfest.com/vito.html
for more information.