Classic Divine-John Waters films also to screen this fall.
The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival will open its 28th Annual edition with a new documentary about a superstar both underground and iconic. The Festival will present I Am Divine, an exuberant portrait of the drag queen actor Divine, who rose to midnight movie prominence in the underground films of John Waters, starring in such titles as Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble.
The screening will be Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm at the Oriental Theatre. The Festival runs October 17-20, with the subsequent films screening at the UWM Union Theatre. Entire schedule, ticket, and venue information can be found at arts.uwm.edu/lgbtfilm starting in early September.
I am Divine is directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, a filmic chronicler of LGBT life, whose last film was the documentary Vito, about film historian/AIDS activist Vito Russo.
“I Am Divine is a blast,” reports Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival Director Carl Bogner. “Divine had such incredible energy, a punk energy before there was punk. There’s never been another star like him and the movie is a celebration of all of Divine’s singular talents.”
“Divine can still shock,” Bogner continues, “and we all remain in need of such Divine intervention.”
The Festival will provide two late-night opportunities to see Divine in action, before and after the Festival. On Thursday, October 3 at 10pm, the Festival will present Female Trouble (1974) as a fundraiser for AIDS Walk Wisconsin. (The 2013 AIDS Walk will take place on Saturday, October 5.) On Saturday, October 26, at 11pm, the Festival will screen Pink Flamingos (1972). Both of these screenings will take place at the UWM Union Theatre.
This fall, the Festival is also sharing a screening of an underground filmmaker who John Waters cites as a major influence. On Tuesday, October 15, at 7pm, the Festival will present George Kuchar’s camp melodrama The Devil’s Cleavage (1974.) Professor Elena Gorfinkel, of the UWM Art History Department, will introduce the film. This screening is presented as part of the Union Theatre’s Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Theatre series, and is free and open to the public.
The 28th Annual Festival will be presenting other documentary portraits as well, including Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton about the influential experimental filmmaker and poet, and Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth about the acclaimed novelist and dedicated activist. Other documentaries will include The New Black, about homophobia and the African American community, and Born This Way about the struggles for LGBT people in the African nation of Cameroon, where there are more arrests for homosexuality than in any other nation in the world.
Also to screen are narrative features from around the world, including Reaching for the Moon, a film from the South American director Bruno Barreto about the American poet Elizabeth Bishop’s experiences in Brazil; In the Name Of, the award-winning Polish film about the conflicting desires of a Catholic priest; the Taiwanese romantic comedy Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?; and the Philippines film Bwakaw, about an elderly gay man and his dog.
Complete information – complete schedule, ticketing, venues – will be at arts.uwm.edu/lgbtfilm
The Festival is presented by the UWM Department of Film in the Peck School of the Arts and made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Joseph R. Pabst and the Cream City Foundation. The Festival also acknowledges the essential support provided by Bronze Optical, Jack H. Smith of Shorewest Realtors, UWM Union Programming and the UWM Union Theatre, the UWM LGBT Campus Partners, as well as generous individuals, businesses, and campus and community organizations.
For more information, contact Carl Bogner in the Film Department at 414 627 3996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.