Sponsored by Queens Pride
|JULIO OF JACKSON HEIGHTS|
|Winner: Special Prize For Social Impact In Documentary|
Julio Rivera, a Bronx-born Puerto Rican hustler, was murdered in a schoolyard in Jackson Heights, Queens on July 2, 1990, by three young men looking to clean up their neighborhood by 'stretching out a gay guy', but instead the murder sparked the coming out of New York's largest and until then most closeted LGBTQ community.
Born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, Richard Shpuntoff has directed a dozen short films that have screened at over 30 festivals and venues internationally including Epiphany of Returning, Morning Dance, In Queens my ambitious soul I bare and El Grand 97. Prior to his work in film, he was a documentary photographer whose works include the black and white photography book God, Gold and Glory, and a 20 year documentary project of the Queens Pride Parade (1993 - 2012). Julio of Jackson Heights is his first feature length film.