Shoulders To Stand On: The LGBT History of Rochester, NY

Shoulders To Stand OnDeBergerac Productions is proud to be the production house of choice by The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and Indovino Productions for this documentary about the history of the LGBT Movement in Rochester, NY.

Shoulders to Stand On shoot

Kevin Indovino on set

The majority of the interviews were captured by Cinematographer Brian Steblen over a two year period. Over 70 interviews were conducted by Director Kevin Indovino and Executive Producer Evelyn Bailey including Former City Councilman Tim Manes, Former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson and NYS Lt. Governor Robert Duffy. On-line Post production was supervised by Mike Champlin and Sound Designer Valerie La Banca did the post audio mixing.

Watch the Preview

Shoulders To Stand On: The LGBT History of Rochester, NY
 Documentary World Premiere (played before the night’s movie The Celluloid Closet)
ImageOut Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7pm at the Dryden Theatre

About DeBergerac Productions, Inc.

DeBergerac Productions provides professional production services for filming and video needs. The company produces programs from concept to screen. Services include production management, film or video shooting, editing, writing, directing, graphics (animation), special effects, historical research, restoration and social media.

About Shoulders to Stand On

Throughout its history, Rochester, New York has been a powerful voice for dignity and civil rights. Even before the days of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, the region was built on the quest of people seeking to better their lives with opportunities to express free thought, innovation, education and worship.

Today, we stand on the shoulders of many who have made Rochester a city that celebrates diversity and has often set benchmarks for civil liberties throughout the nation. At the forefront, Rochester’s gay community has also been there – making history – championing the cause of equality and freedom for all. But, even as history is made, our story remains fragile and can be quickly lost. Visit,

The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley is producing an exciting and important project – Shoulders to Stand On – a documentary that will chronicle and safeguard the history of the LGBT community in the Rochester region.

Related News

ImageOut 2013 Audience Award winners – ImageOut Facebook page

Gay rights history recounted in ‘Shoulders To Stand On’ – Democrat & Chronicle

ImageOut Film Festival Hits the Rochester Scene Friday – WXXI News

Director’s POV: Rochester LGBT documentary Shoulders to Stand On – ImageOut Blog

ImageOut, all grown up – Democrat & Chronicle

Shoulders To Stand On: The LGBT History of Rochester, NY – ImageOut Festival


Producer’s Premiere: Shoulders to Stand On – Buy Tickets for event through The University of Rochester

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