Bayard & Me
Directed by Matt Wolf
16 Minutes | 2017


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Bayard & Me from Matt Wolf on Vimeo.


Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable. He reflects on the little known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement. Premiered at Sundance 2017 and Rotterdam Film Festival with screenings at Sheffield DocFest, BFI Flare, and numerous festivals. Winner of Outfest Grand Jury Prize for Short Film. Nominated for a Webby Award

Read Matt Wolf's LA Times Op-Ed about the story
Short film program at Metrograph Theater, New York

Adapted from a radio documentary for Storycorps & NPR Weekend Edition produced by Nadia Reiman and Matt Wolf. Short Film Produced by Super Deluxe with C41 Media