I Am Divine
USA  2013, 86 min

A wildly entertaining and loving look at one of film's most iconic and memorable performers: Divine.

The indie film world (and gay America) was forever changed when chubby Baltimore misfit Harris Glenn Milstead met scrawny aspiring filmmaker John Waters. With John behind the camera and Glen, now transformed into Divine, an exceedingly large, outrageously attired, almost demonic drag queen in front of it, the two would rewrite American cult cinema. Divine's persona exploded on the screen where she ferociously played many unforgettable roles including the pot-smoking misunderstood teen hippie Diane in the short "The Diane Linkletter Story" (check it out on YouTube), the gun-toting, son-blowing, dog shit-eating Babs Johnson (“the filthiest person in the world”) in Pink Flamingos, was raped by a gigantic lobster in Multiple Maniacs and was the unrepentant murderous teen delinquent Dawn Davenport in Female Trouble. A toned down Divine then slyly invaded Middle America as put-upon suburban housewife Francine Fishpaw who finds love in the arms of Tab Hunder in Polyester and the hair-rollers and housecoat-wearing mother in Hairspray. This rousing, loving tribute to this iconic gay man is filled with hilarious footage from many of her films, touching interviews with family, friends and co-workers, and features footage of her time when she was with the Cockettes, live performances ("Women Behind Bars") and several of her disco singing performances. All-in-all, an eye-opening look at a larger-than-life American original. Side note: Divine visited Philadelphia regularly in the 1970s and ‘80s, primarily at the TLA Cinema on South Street where many of the Divine/Waters films were midnight staples. And the footage in the film of her jumping out of a huge paper mache cake was filmed in 1974 at TLA to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Pink Flamingos. -- RM



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Director: Jeffrey Schwartz
Cast: Divine, John Waters, Ricki Lake, Jackie Beat, Sue Lowe, Bebe Zahara Benet, Frances Milstead, David DeCoteau, Pat Moran, Dennis Dermody, Michael Musto, Brian Entler aka Lady Bear, John Epperson aka Lypsinka, Mink Stole
Producer(s): Lotti Pharriss Knowles, Lance Robertson, Jon Glover
Editor(s): Phillip J. Bartell
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