PINK FLAMINGOS
1972, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: John Waters

“Mama, nobody sends you a turd and expects to live. Nobody!” In 1972, Baltimore’s favorite filmmaking son, John Waters, unleashed this torrid tale about the battle to retain the title “The Filthiest Person Alive” - starring 300 lb. drag queen Divine. This “exercise in poor taste” does not disappoint, with ample doses of foot festishization, scatology, cannibalism and even coprophagia (look it up!). When was the last time you saw something so vile, so repulsive, on the big screen?


HAIRSPRAY
1988, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: John Waters

Among writer-director John Waters’ most subversive achievements is this critical and box office success focusing on a local Baltimore TV dance show and a pudgy teen's (Ricki Lake) desire to be one of its featured stars. Waters mainstays Divine and Mink Stole are joined by Jerry Stiller, Pia Zadora and rockers Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono and Ruth Brown in this fun-filled look at growing up in the 1960s.


I AM DIVINE
2013, Automat Pictures, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jeffrey Schwarz

Chubby, gay Glenn Milstead struggled to fit in growing up in Baltimore in the 1960s - until he met underground filmmaker John Waters and became Divine. From outrageous drag queen to disco diva to mainstream acclaim for his final role as Edna Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY, Divine’s life and career are lovingly chronicled in this documentary, which features clips from his film and TV appearances, live performance footage and new interviews with family, friends and colleagues such as John Waters, Ricki Lake and Mink Stole.


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