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The Queen (1968)
November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM$5
(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 and enunciates a pre-Stonewall world of dared illegality, communal rifts, and the defiantly out expressiveness of performance. Featuring: Flawless Sabrina (the pageant’s organizer); and, most essentially, Crystal LaBeija (whose House of LaBeija would be featured in 1990’s Paris is Burning).
Also to screen:
Queens at Heart (22min.,1967)
A remarkable piece of documentary ephemera that, however exploitational, whatever its status as an anonymous trace, nevertheless offers a glimpse into pre-Stonewall trans life. Four trans women candidly share details as they endure questions from an establishment interviewer. This document was initially re-circulated by LGBT film historian Jenni Olson.
She Gone Rogue
(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 Students and UWM Union Cinema Members