New This Weekend: I Used to Be Funny and In A Violent Nature

June 8, 9 & 13

Kingston Pride takes place June 8-16, with the big parade on Saturday June 14!

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

If all you know about Voguing comes from Madonna, this spirited and heartbreaking documentary from first-time filmmaker Jennie Livingston will be an eyeopener.

Rolling Stone

One emerges from this film not only with a new vocabulary and a fresh way of viewing the straight world but with a bracing object lesson in understanding what society “role models” are all about.

Chicago Reader
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Series
Genre
Documentary
Runtime 78 minutes
Rated 14A
Directed By Jennie Livingston
Starring Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey
Language English
Country
USA

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Opens June 21: Thelma

Opens June 28: Kinds of Kindness

Opens July 5: MaXXXine

June 19: Wilfred Buck with Filmmaker in Attendance

Double Feature: X & Pearl

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June 18: Show & Tell – A Filmmaker’s Open Mic

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Kingston Pride: But I’m a Cheerleader

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