Local Legends

Bambi Lake, Heklina, mr Pam, Phatima Rude, and Jason Mecier. You may know these names, but do you know their stories? Join us in celebration of these local legends as the artists share stories about their lives that are raw, brave, entertaining, and above all else, inspiring.

Notorious transsexual chanteuse, Bambi Lake takes us on a stroll down pre-AIDS 1970s Polk Street in Silas Howard’s new film Sticks and Stones. Sit back and enjoy the lively self-titled Heklina, sharing a life in and beyond the hair and that LAUGH. Wham, Bam, mr Pam, follows mr Pam, the extremely successful female videographer of gay male porn, from her days as a Catholic schoolgirl to her work editing fisting films. A pioneer of the alternative queer punk drag scene, Phatima Rude shares brave stories both past and present in Paul King’s intimate and unflinching Ladies and Gentlemen: Phatima Rude. The program ends with a sweet surprise in Eye Candy, a look at the beloved Jason Mecier, a fine artist fashioning famous likenesses from Tina Fey to Phyllis Diller out of everything from old toothbrushes to turkey basters. Amid a changing city climate, Local Legends reminds us of the artists who helped sculpt San Francisco into the dynamic place we call home.

Sticks and Stones was a recipient of a Frameline Completion Fund grant.

— Kolmel Withlove

This film contains sexually explicit material.

Co-presented by:
Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Queer Cultural Center

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