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THE QUEEN (1968) – 4K Restoration

November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival presents…

(Frank Simon, 4K Restoration, 68min., 1968)
A welcome time capsule of foundational and publicly vibrant queer history, THE QUEEN, Frank Simon’s groundbreaking and now digitally restored documentary unveils the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant in all its protocols and processes — and in all of its backstage theatrics.

The observational documentary generously enunciates a pre-Stonewall world of dared illegality; communal rifts; and the defiantly out expressiveness of performance.

Icon-laced, with for instance: Flawless Sabrina (the pageant’s organizer); Andy Warhol (a pageant judge); and, most essentially, Crystal LaBeija (whose House of LaBeija would be featured in 1990’s PARIS IS BURNING).

Also to screen:
(22min., 1967)
A remarkable piece of documentary ephemera that, however exploitational or whatever its status as a found anonymous trace, offers a glimpse into pre-Stonewall trans life. Four trans women candidly share details of their lives as they endure questions from an establishment interviewer. This document was initially found and re-circulated by LGBT film historian Jenni Olson.
(Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, 23min., 2012)
Inspired by Maya Deren’s MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON, this often visually dreamy journey of identity formation also allows for showcased tributes to a series of legendary trans elders. Featured superstars: Flawless Sabrina, Holly Woodlawn, and Vaginal Davis.


Free for UWM Students and UWM Union Cinema members


THE QUEEN screens as a part of the Festival’s monthly screening series.

The Festival is hosted by the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with support from the Peck School of the Arts and the UWM Union Cinema.

Much thanks also for the ongoing support of our programming to: Milwaukee Pride; Michael Ross and D.A. Leonard; and the Cream City Foundation’s Sutton Place Fund.


November 21, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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