movie was filmed in the Summer of 2014;
release date was in September 2015; DVD released in 2016. See below!
Local New York City GLBT Flyer promoting "Stonewall" the Movie
Directed by Nigel Finch * Produced by Christine Vachon
"Stonewall" Movie Postcard promoting the Music Cassette and Compact Disc
Pictured at top: Guillermo Diaz as La Miranda, the lead Transgender girl
Shown at bottom: Fred Weller as Matty Dean, the lead Gay guy
Background (rebellion pic): Queen Allyson Allante as a Stonewall Rebellion Testimonial
|The "Stonewall" movie
Columbia Records-produced soundtrack is/was available on compact
discs (C/Ds) and cassettes. Columbia was most expansive
in their promotion. Gay promotion of both the C/D and the
cassette were handled in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender ("G.L.B.T.") communities throughout New York City
and the New York tri-state metropolitan area significantly by the Imperial
QUEENS & Kings of Greater New York ("IQKNY"), a long-standing and legendary transgender organization, and the outstanding and legendary STONEWALL
Rebellion Veterans Association
("S.V.A.") and their supporters and sponsors. The
'Stonewall' consultant on the movie, an expert on the
original STONEWALL Club, is the SVA's Willson L. Henderson and he is so 'credited' in the film. Columbia Records' promotion and
marketing departments dealt directly with IQKNY and, specifically,
Queen Allyson Ann and her handsome mate King Farrell Armstrong.
The soundtrack was promoted at IQKNY events and S.V.A.
public conferences and civic forums. Queen Allyson not only appeared in
"Stonewall" as Herself with a memorable 'Stonewall Testimonial'
presented on stage at the movie premier in NYC, but she had the
clout of all her concert shows to highlight the "Stonewall" soundtrack songs.
It was a fact that the combination of all of the above, and much more,
resulted in a surge of interest in The Shangri-Las featuring the
inimitable Mary Weiss. A different generation and new
fans were introduced to The Shangri-Las' songbook. Promotion of
the movie "Stonewall" was also achieved locally through the IQKNY
Yours", and the
SVA's "Stonewall Newzletta"
-- plus the SVA's entertainment events with "Stonewall Showtyme" and guest
appearances on television and public events.
Columbia Records' own marketing division did plenty of their own GLBT-targeted promotion of the "Stonewall" soundtrack with full-page ads in G.L.B.T. newspapers such as the New York Blade News and in GLBT national magazines such as The Advocate and Out! and in New York City magazines such as Time-Out and Next. Columbia Records also took full-page ads in the newsletters of the S.V.A. and the IQKNY. Furthermore, Queen Allyson & The Allysonians, who were already known for their right-on performances of songs of the girl group Mary Weiss & The Shangri-Las, several songs of which are in the movie, were in even greater demand at the time of the forthcoming movie "Stonewall". Columbia Records representatives literally attended -- and enjoyed -- every performance at this time of Queen Allyson & The Allysonians at clubs such as Rome (on Eighth Av.), Barracuda (West 22 St.) and Claire's (Seventh Av.) -- all in Chelsea. Rocco S. and his boys at Columbia Records smartly distributed brochures and free (now collector item) promotional music cassettes of "Stonewall: Music from A Revolution" (see below) before, during and after the movie was finally released in the Summer of 1996. Coincidentally, The Shangri-Las had their last hit song exactly 30 years before in the Summer of 1966, "Past, Present and Future". Intentionally, it served perfectly as the three-part, effectively-interspersed theme and time-frame of the movie "Stonewall".
|"Stonewall" the movie
received most of its factual music "411" (information) directly from
the SVA's founder and director Willson
Lee Henderson, author of the renowned, unique and informative "Songs of The STONEWALL Club Jukebox" (from 1966 to 1969). See
the S.V.A. website icon "Songs of The
Stonewall" for a complete, interesting and uniquely detailed
listing of the 1ate 1960s song favorites at The Stonewall Club.
There is also the special listing of "Perennial Favorite Songs of The
Stonewall", which is where you will find most of The
Shangri-Las' songs that graced The Stonewall Jukebox throughout its
four-year history. Besides being a great group on record and in performance, "The Shangs" were one of the few white girl groups.
Willson Henderson specifically
suggested which would be the best
Shangri-Las songs popular at The
Stonewall that would most reflect the
sensitive story in the original "Stonewall" movie. The songs included "Remember, Walking In The Sand", "Out In The Streets" and "Past, Present And Future". For
fast dance and fun, the essential choice was "Give Him A Great Big Kiss".
All four of the songs plus a campy flipside favorite "Sophisticated Boom-Boom" were used in the "Stonewall"
film!!!! Mary Weiss sang
lead on all of The Shangri-Las'
hit songs. The promotional card pictured above is the flipside of
the top movie soundtrack card. This one actually peeled off
so that you could post the frontside movie card, depicting a very
symbolic embrace of the two male co-stars of "Stonewall". (Notice the "peel
here" tab in the upper left corner of the card.) "And that's
Songs in the movie "Stonewall" not listed above for the soundtrack but actually in the film include The Shangri-Las' "Out In the Streets" (very kicky and melodramatic). And most notably absent is the three-part, story-telling theme song of the movie by The Shangri-Las: "Past, Present and Future" -- a very unusual 'pop' record by any standards, most of the song actually spoken by lead singer Mary Weiss with haunting, almost Wagnerian background music. The Shangri-Las are the girl trio who had the wild, international number one song "Leader of the Pack" (replete with reved-up motorcycle sounds and a very effective motorcycle crash). "The Shangs", as they were nicknamed by the youth then, had the incredibly girlish, very teenage, strongly emoting and blue-eyed soul Mary Weiss (from Cambria Heights in Queens, New York City) as their appealing and convincing lead singer. She was backed up very effectively by her sister Betty Weiss and the Ganser twins, Mary Ann Ganser and Margie Ganser. Mary's voice, the impassioned and sometimes tragic stories that their songs told and the dramatic, lilting music were all just a perfect combo for the coming-of-Gay-age movie "Stonewall", just as they were for the patrons at the original club Stonewall. "And that's called 'good'."
Queen Allyson Allante of the Imperial QUEENS of Greater New York and the
STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association in a 'Stonewall Veteran Testimonial'
scene of several actual Stonewall veterans in the drama/musical/comedy "Stonewall"
Note: Scene was filmed at S.V.A. founder Willson L. Henderson's condominium
at The Bromley on Broadway in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, N.Y.C.
[photograph by Farrell Jeante Armstrong of IQKNY.]
"Stonewall" movie promotional music cassette
Note: "Movie Excerpt #2 refers to the Stonewall testimonial
of Queen Allyson Ann Allante of the IQKNY and the S.V.A.
Excerpt #1" is uniquely and appropriately the actual spoken words of
five Stonewall Veterans (plus a snide, retired police officer from
1969 at the rebellion scene, not included herein) of the Stonewall
Rebellion. In the movie all are included -- and shown -- in the
opening interview sequence interspersed with civil rights film footage.
It is the following excerpted words that were most riveting.
Queen Allyson Allante: "It was beyond frightening. It was... umm... traumatizing! And, in part, I am still traumatized by it to this day."
Randy Wicker: "I personally thought... oh, my God, homosexuals are going to be the boogie man of the 1970s. I was with the Mattachine Society and we sort of believed in wearing a coat and tie and making as respectable an appearance as we can."
Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt: "Nobody on that particular night showered and shaved to go to a riot."
Sasha Loren: "Well, I think it had something to do with Judy Garland's death."
Bob Kohler: "Every other group had made their point in the 1960s. But not the Gays (sic)! You could do what you wanted with the them. But suddenly, now, there were the Gays (sic) revolting."
And in a surprise second interview quip.... Queen Allyson states her well-quoted/oft-repeated remark -- the only laugh line in the Stonewall interviews and which got quite a roar in previews and from audiences in the movie theatres.
Queen Allyson: "If my Mother even hears the word 'Stonewall', she has to take another heart pill."
The drag queen lead character in the Stonewall movie then appears and her opening words are also included with "Movie Excerpt #1".
La Miranda: "You see, there are as many Stonewall stories as there are Gay queens in New York.... Well, this is my legend, honey! Okay? My Stonewall legend."
Stonewall Track #2 - The entire Stonewall Veterans interviews and La Miranda connecting segment then very cleverly and effectively segues into the actual movie, with the upbeat, bouncy, telling-a-story song, "The Boy from New York City", prominently playing full volume in the background. It leads us to the main Gay male character.
Stonewall Track #3 - A brief Gay humor excerpt from a scene in the movie: "What's between your 'maleness' side and your 'femaleness' side? Fabulousness!"
Stonewall Track #4 - The first line, literally spoken (with very danceable music in the background) of The Shangri-Las' song, the hand-clapping, foot-stomping "Give Him a Great Big Kiss", with lead singer Mary Weiss declaring the popularly-quoted: "When I say I'm in love, you best believe I'm in love, l-u-v." That spelling has been popularized ever since! "Kiss" (as it was shortened in talk) is a great, lively and even campy song. The foot stomping segments of the girls "I'm gonna walk right up to him...." are memorable and very effective. "Kiss" was an ultimate upbeat girl group song. It was a big favorite by demand at The Stonewall Club -- even years after it was off the charts. In New York it was #1! In the New York Gay community, Queen Allyson & The Allysonians are known for performing that song in their tribute to The Shangri-Las shows, which have been used at fund-raising benefits and even at public official and political candidate events.
Notes: Both sides of this promotional cassette are identical. "Testimonial" excerpts of the Stonewall Veterans named herein are also included on the commercially-sold "Stonewall" movie sound track c/d (compact disc).
Is there a plan to have Queen
Allyson appear in the new
Answer: At this time, there oddly have been no such inquiries or arrangements made,
especially odd since most S/W-vets are deceased yet the Queen is alive and grand!
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15 Years later in 2010 -- BBC Interviews Willson L. Henderson
British Broadcasting Company ("BBC") co-produced the movie "Stonewall" and Willson L. Henderson ("WLH") was the Stonewall history advisor to the movie -- and is so credited in the Stonewall film's "Credits". That was 1995.
Fifteen years later, in 2010, for the 41st anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, the BBC greatly requested and Willson Henderson finally agreed. Willson accommodated in recording interesting and unique information about the Stonewall Era, the Stonewall Club, the Stonewall People, the famous 1969 "Stonewall Car" and, of course, the historic Stonewall Rebellion, for BBC Worldwide Radio. Some of the 411 was never previously revealed. Their "Witness" series sponsored the Gay history segment. It is entitled "Stonewall".
There is an original Stonewall song from The STONEWALL Club that the BBC plays
as background music for the introduction of the interview with Willson Henderson!
"STONEWALL!": The Movie
poster for the "STONEWALL" movie
A brand-new and much-expanded film "STONEWALL" with a greater scope and bigger budget has been in the planning for years and was filmed in the Spring and Summer of 2014. The scenario takes place in and around Christopher Street and at the original Stonewall Club in Greenwich Village, New York City, in the Spring and early Summer of 1969. Filming began, appropriately, during Gay Pride Month in June 2014. Acclaimed film director Roland Emmerich, who started directing movies at the Gay youth age of 24 and has a filmography spanning four decades, is directing. Just as the entire Stonewall era, history and legacy has been a passion of the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association ("S.V.A.") founder and director Willson Lee Henderson ("WLH") for five decades, the "STONEWALL!" film has been a dedicated, personal pet project of movie director Roland Emmerich for several years.
Roland Emmerich Talks about the new "STONEWALL" movie in Entertainment Weekly:
Mr. Emmerich's outstanding directorial three-decade filmography includes (chronologically): "The Noah's Ark Principle" (1984), "Joey" (a boy with telekinesis) (1985); "Hollywood Monster" (a comedy horror movie) (1987), "Moon 40" (1990), "Universal Soldier" (1992), "Stargate" (co-starring "The Crying Game" film surprise transgender Jaye Davidson) (1994), "Godzilla" (remake of the monster starring pre-Gay "Torch Song Trilogy" Matthew Broderick) (1998), "The Thirteenth Floor" (sci-fi with some simulated humans), "The Patriot" (about the American Revolutionary War starring Mel Gibson and pre-Gay Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger) (2000), "Eight-Legged Freaks" (starring Scarlet Johansson) (2002), "The Day After Tomorrow" (starring pre-Gay "Brokeback Mountain" Jake Gyllenhaul) (2004), "Trade" (based on book "The Girls Next Door" about the illegal sex trade) (2007), "10,000 B.C." (2008), "2012" (2009), "Anonymous" (about Shakespeare's written works, or are they) (2011) and "White House Down" (starring post-"Dreamgirls" Jamie Fox and Channing Tatum) (2013). The new film "STONEWALL!" (starring Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp and Joey King) was officially released worldwide on Friday, September 25th, as planned, prior to "Gay History Month" in October.
"STONEWALL!" movie's chief producer Michael S. Fossat was the special guest speaker at the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association monthly meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2015. He provided informative and captivating information about the planning, casting, authenticating, producing and completing of the movie. Get2gether was chaired by the SVA's director Willson Henderson. Several other Stonewall veterans such as Bert "Berti" Coffman, Rita "Rusty" Rose, Leigh "L&M" McManus, Joan "Joni" Sobel, Ramon Bellido and Gil "Gil-da" Horowitz (since 86'd) plus Maria "ME" Estevez, a close friend of now deceased Stonewall vet Storme DeLarverie, were present and actively participated. Bruce A. Poli, the S.V.A. Public Relationist was present and at the recent private showing of the "STONEWALL!" movie. Mr. Fossat's behind-the-scenes interesting and charming presentation was followed with a "Questions & Answers" session from the attendees. Main issue was questions by members and others about the music in the "STONEWALL!" movie. The concern is that the songs must reflect the authentic, significant and upbeat music of the 1969 STONEWALL Club jukebox. Two reporters from The New York Times ("NYX") were present for a story in progress about Willson Henderson and the "Stonewall Car" with a backdrop of the S.V.A. They referenced the meeting, the movie and the 1969 car in their "Profile" on Willson written by Corey Kilgannon. It was published in the next Sunday edition (June 7, 2015) of the NYX. The interesting story included a new photo of the classic 1969 convertible "Stonewall Car". Local West Village newspaper WestView News ("The voice of the West Village") had a reporter on site. The elongated and lively meeting was held at the New York City LGBT Community Services Centre in Manhattan, NY.
"STONEWALL!": Movie Premiere
Photographed above are "STONEWALL!" film director Roland Emmerich
"STONEWALL" Director Emmerich Quotes SVA's Director HendersonDirector Roland Emmerich cites Stonewall vets Willson Henderson and Marty Boyce:
correspondence and information to:
STONEWALL Veterans' Association
Attn.: AnDre Christie, Gen. Mgr.
70-A Greenwich Village Av.
Manhattan, New York 10011
S.V.A. Telephone: (212) 627-1969
S.V.A. Fax: (718) 294-1969
E-mail your comments, questions and/or suggestions to the
STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association
The STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association meets the last Saturday
of every month at the historic St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at
81 Christopher Street, a stone's throw off Seventh Avenue, in Greenwich Village
Manhattan, New York City from 3:15 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. Foods are served!
Meeting is customarily moderated by the SVA's founder Willson L. Henderson.
The forthcoming "SVA's 51st Annual National STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association Conference & Stonewall Veterans Reunion + Testimonials" shall be on Saturday, June 20th, 2020.
It features actual 'veterans' of the New York City police raids from 1966 to 1969 at the original STONEWALL Club and from June 27th to July 3rd, 1969 in any of the five nights of the historic Stonewall Rebellion in New York City ("NYC"). The uprising is dramatically portrayed forevermore in Roland Emmerich's dramatically-portrayed, fact-faced and memorable movie "STONEWALL!" The S.V.A. conference also presents New York federal, state and city public officials, including U.S. congressmembers, NYS senators and assemblymembers and NYC councilmembers, and heads of G.L.B.T. organizations as guest speakers! Maybe some of the surprise guests -- the S.V.A. always has them -- may be some of the ace actors co-starring in the "STONEWALL!" movie! Original 1969 "Songs of The STONEWALL Club Jukebox" are played, as always, at the opening, the intermission and the closing of the three-hour event. The great songs feature Diana Ross & The Supremes, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Mary Weiss & The Shangri-Las, Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5, Shirley Bassey, Marvin Gaye, The Angels, The Spiral Starecase, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder, The Honey Cone, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Chris Montez and many others! The 51st annual S.V.A. conference and Stonewall reunion happens again at the landmark St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 81 Christopher Street off Seventh Avenue South in Gay Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, on Saturday, the 20th of June in 2020!
For much more 411 and details on the significant S.V.A.
of "STONEWALL!" was on September
at the Pacific Design Center in the Silver Screen Theatre
in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
opening of the "STONEWALL!" movie
by director Roland Emmerich was on September 25th, 2015.
"STONEWALL!" movie was released
Digital format, and 'On Demand' on 20th January of 2016.
Emmerich's follow-up movie
"Independence Day Resurgence"
was released on Friday, June 24th, 2016
-- ironically, on Gay Pride Weekend!
Roland's current movie is about the battle at "Midway!"
in the Pacific Ocean during World War II in 1942.
It was released appropriately before U.S. Veterans' Day in 2019.
To see and 'like' the S.V.A. at FaceBook, visit:
51st Anniversary of the USA Stonewall Rebellion==
[Friday night, June 27 ~through~ Thursday evening, July 3, 1969]