PARIS IS BURNING + THE QUEEN

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Showings

Castro Theatre Mon, Aug 19 4:35 PM
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Castro Theatre Mon, Aug 19 6:15 PM
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Castro Theatre Mon, Aug 19 7:45 PM
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Castro Theatre Mon, Aug 19 9:20 PM
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Castro Theatre Tue, Aug 20 4:35 PM
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Castro Theatre Tue, Aug 20 6:15 PM
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Castro Theatre Tue, Aug 20 7:45 PM
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Castro Theatre Tue, Aug 20 9:20 PM
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Description

MONDAY AUGUST 19 & TUESDAY AUGUST 20 DOUBLE FEATURE

PARIS IS BURNING 4:35, 7:45 NEW RESTORATION!
Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community. (1990, 78 min, DCP)

+ THE QUEEN 6:15, 9:20 NEW 4K RESTORATION!
More than 40 years before RuPaul's Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event. Organized by LGBTQ icon and activist Flawless Sabrina, the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern. But perhaps most memorable is an epic diatribe calling out the pageant's bias delivered by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, heavily featured in Paris Is Burning (1990). (Dir: Frank Simon, 1968, 68 min, DCP)