I Am Divine

DIRECTOR: Jeffrey Schwarz

Expected to attend: director Jeffrey Schwarz.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz (director of Vito, Frameline36’s opening-night film and Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story) celebrates the life and legendary career of Harris Glenn Milstead, known as Divine—John Waters’s fearless muse and an international drag icon.

Divine’s triumphant ascent is the ultimate underdog story, as he transformed himself from a bullied fat kid in working-class Baltimore to a larger-than-life celebrity, starring in the notorious trash classics Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, rubbing elbows with Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol and ultimately conquering Hollywood in the beloved cult hit, Hairspray. Schwarz honors Divine as a serious character actor and immortal star through film clips, rare archival footage, music videos, television interviews, and personal recollections from those who knew and loved him best, including Waters, Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter, Holly Woodlawn, members of The Cockettes, and his mother, Frances (who passed away in 2009). Divine was a true force of nature who continues to inspire misfits, punks, and drag queens 25 years after his untimely death at the age of 42.

Largely crowdfunded via Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaigns and through the power of social media, I Am Divine is a loving and definitive biographical portrait, made by and for fans, who will be inspired by this film and be sent into fits of uproarious laughter. This one is not to be missed.

— CHRIS KEECH

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