On July 19, Here TV and The Advocate will premiere a new, original documentary, A Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years.
Narrated by Laverne Cox with music by Melissa Etheridge, the feature-length documentary focuses on watershed moments in LGBTQ history through never-before-seen footage and engaging interviews with NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, Caitlyn Jenner, Don Lemon, Gloria Allred, Gavin Newsom, Dustin Lance Black, Margaret Cho, Armistead Maupin, Bruce Vilanch, Greg Louganis, DeRay Mckesson, Candis Cayne, Guillermo Diaz, and many more.
Starting with the Black Cat Riots, the film covers Stonewall, the disco sexual revolution, the AIDS crisis, marriage equality, and the trans movement to present day.
The film, directed by Billy Clift and produced by Emmy-nominated producer David Millbern, is set to premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills July 19 benefiting Outfest Los Angeles before premiering on Here TV and then a 20-city theatrical release.
“The process of creating this project was twofold: to watch its journey and the journey I took personally,” Clift said in a press release. “If it changed me, it will change audiences as well. The documentary helped me learn more about the many steps taken to accomplish the great strides we all benefit from today.”
“This film celebrates the shoulders that we all stand upon in furthering LGBTQ rights and documents our long and successful journey. We’ve come a long way, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” added Millbern.
The release also states the documentary is a call to action for all minority groups such as women and Black Lives Matter to fighter for the same rights. “Same fight, same rights.”