SxSW: I Am Divine
Post SXSW, I downloaded a selection of films that I could not catch during the actual festival. Following are a two flicks worth tracking.
I Am Divine
As I was never cool enough to turn into any underground scene, I never caught on to John Waters and his muse Divine until their mainstream hit Hairspray. Witnessing Harris Glenn Milstead’s transformation from an overweight, bullied kid to an internationally famous drag superstar—in an era where being gay could get you jailed—reminded me of the costs paid by pioneers throughout history. Check out the website for future screenings.
For those who wish upon a star, come meet a cast of characters who devoted their lives and soul to conquering the moon. From the former ventriloquist who made a killing selling moon-lots, to the young idealist loner determined to make Luna his home, this film offers a witty and touching depiction of those who refuse to dream down. Catch this film now online courtesy of Epix.
Becky Garrison is a satirist/storyteller whose most recent book is Roger Williams’s Little Book of Virtues (Wipf & Stock, March 2020). Also, she edited Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge and Resilience (Transgress Press, 2015). Her six books include 2006’s Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (PW, starred review).