Co-presented by Meltdown Gallery & Outfest
Divine Rarities Show! – 6:30pm
To help celebrate Meltdown Gallery’s Divine-themed art show (opening November 11th), it’s a tribute weekend to Divine and his work with John Waters! From his early days as a misfit youth in Baltimore through his rise to infamy as a cult drag legend, Harris Glenn Milstead aka Divine crafted a body (and oh, what a body!) of work which earned him credit as both a serious artist and immortal star. Like the characters he portrayed in numerous films, Divine was the ultimate outsider who stood up for millions of gay men and women, female impersonators, punk rockers, the ample-figured and countless other socially ostracized people. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture in the process. Join us for 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage of Divine at her peak: movie clips, rare home movies and photos, TV appearances and live performance footage as outrageous and fun as its subject! Jeffrey Schwarz (director of the upcoming feature documentary I Am Divine) will be here in person for a Q&A after the screening!
Pink Flamingos – 8:00pm-ish
“Kill everyone now! Condone first-degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit! Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!” — Divine, Pink Flamingos
Long before reality shows and sex tapes, drag goddess par excellence Divine showed the world how to become the most notorious celebrity in the world with John Waters’ taboo-demolishing Pink Flamingos. Here she’s on the lam as trailer trash crime queen Babs Johnson, who will stop at nothing to beat a competing couple and earn the crown of “Filthiest Person Alive.” Watch as Divine shoplifts, murders, and castrates her way into your heart! Gasp at Divine’s proto-punk sense of fashion! Marvel at her show-stopping finale with a canine co-star! If you still haven’t seen this all-time shock value champ on the big screen — with an appalled audience at your side — then you really haven’t lived at all.
Dir. John Waters, 1972, 35mm, 92 min.
Watch the teaser trailer for “I Am Divine”!
Watch the trailer for “Pink Flamingos”!