Monday, December 9, 2013

I Am Divine (2013)

WHO: Harris Glenn Milsted a.k.a. Divine, who died twenty-five years ago, is the subject of this documentary.

WHAT: I haven't yet made it to a screening of this documentary but I recommend this Projection Booth podcast interview with its director Jeffrey Schwarz (who has made documentaries on fascinating cinema figures such as Curtis Harrington, Vito Russo and others) and with frequent Divine co-star Mink Stole.

WHERE/WHEN: Tonight at 7:00 and 9:00 at the Castro Theatre and daily a the Roxie December 27th, 2013 through January 2nd, 2014.

WHY: With so many Frisco Bay connections (including an on-camera interview with Joshua Grannell, the alter ego of Peaches Christ) I Am Divine promises to be a perennial for local film fans to see and revisit. But this week is a particularly special time to see it, because it will prepare you for this Saturday, December 14th's now-rare 35mm showing of the film that made Divine a star: Pink Flamingos at the Yerba Buena Center For the Arts.

HOW: Digitally-produced documentary screens digitally, preceded at the Castro by a 35mm short film called O Sandra, which I've been unable to glean any other information about.

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