A documentary film about a pre-Stonewall police raid in San Francisco and a resulting lawsuit had its sold out premiere last month at Frameline, San Francisco's LGBT film festival.

Lewd & Lascivious takes a look at a 1965 incident of police brutality that helped shape the future of San Francisco's gay community.

The unlikely heroes in this saga are a group of straight ministers fed up with police discrimination and laws criminalizing gay sex.

The ministers filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco Police Department after the police attempted to shut down a gay dance.

“It was the first time in San Francisco history that 500 gay men and women gathered together in one spot,” one of the ministers says in the film. “And the police did not know how to handle this.”

“We expected the police to overreact,” another minister says. (A trailer for the film is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Producers of the film have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help cover costs associated with the film's production and distribution.