Sherwood was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan. A talented violinist, he attended the National Music Camp and graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan in 1970, where he majored in composition. He then moved to New York City, where he was a composition student of Elliott Carter at The Juilliard School. Discouraged by his progress and fascinated by the cultural and social upheavals going on in New York at the time, he discontinued his composition studies, eventually enrolling at Hunter College as a composition major, where he earned a degree and made several short films.
He had a promising career as a filmmaker, but died in New York City from AIDS complications, without having fulfilled his potential. He is best known for his 1986 film Parting Glances, made for $310,000, a bittersweet romantic comedy that spans a 24 hour period in the upwardly-mobile New York gay scene. He wrote half a dozen screenplays and completed three short films in the six years before Parting Glances, and wrote two-and-a-half more screenplays in the four years after. They were never produced.
The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies by Vito Russo
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper & Row; Revised edition (September 20, 1987)
Amazon: The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies
Praised by the Chicago Tribune as "an impressive study" and written with incisive wit and searing perception--the definitive, highly acclaimed landmark work on the portrayal of homosexuality in film.
More LGBT History at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Gay Classics
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