Do you remember your first Divine movie? For me it was John Water’s Female Trouble at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. As a young, queer man I squealed, applauded and felt empowered by the “bearish” drag queen, who literally and figuratively chewed the scenes and her fellow actors to shreds; prompting me immediately to demand to all my friends, that I wanted “cha-cha” heels for ‘Xmas.
As a chubby, gay, film loving, Asian-German-Irish hybrid, I always felt out of place amongst my peers but for the first time I felt like had found my inspiration; a fearless role model who manifested all the rebelliousness, sexual freedom and joyous anarchy that was pent up inside of me.
That’s why it’s important to support Jeffrey Schwarz’s upcoming documentary I AM DIVINE because:
- Jeffrey does beautiful work capturing cultural icons who have helped shape and influence entertainment. Definitely check out his other films, Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story and Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon.
- The King of Trash, John Waters has given his blessing and Mink Stole is officially on-board too!
- There’s some groovy incentives to give: t-shirts, posters and even a chance to tell your friends, with a stogie in your mouth, that “I’m a producer!”
- And finally for those of you familiar with this drag icon, I’m sure I’m not alone in my feelings of liberation and respect for Divine’s work. And for the uninitiated, this documentary will introduce a new generation to the life of one of the original “It Gets Better” stories.
I AM DIVINE, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz and produced by Schwarz and Lotti Pharriss Knowles, will premiere in the Summer of 2012.
IndieGoGo campaign page:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DivineMovie
Check out the official trailer at: