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The Queen (Frank Simon, 1966)- DCP – August 2nd
August 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm$12
https://youtu.be/SeXrIZqMAfY More than 40 years before RuPaul’s Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event. Organized by LGBTQ icon and activist Flawless Sabrina, the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern.. But perhaps most memorable is an epic diatribe calling out the pageant’s bias delivered by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, heavily featured in Paris Is Burning (1990). A vibrant piece of queer history, The Queen can now be seen in full resplendence thanks to a new restoration from the original camera negative.
Included in our screening (preceding The Queen) is the unique and wonderful short film, Queens At Heart. This document of pre-Stonewall transgender life in the mid-1960s looks at beauty dynamics, socio-political daily existence and emerging drag and transgender identities. Queens at Heart was digitally preserved in 2009 by the UCLA Film and Television Archive as part of the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation.
About the Restoration This 4K Restoration was produced by Bret Wood of Kino Lorber, in cooperation with the Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas). The Queen was reconstructed from the 16mm A/B original camera negatives, the 35mm internegative, and 35mm optical track negative. Special thanks to Shade Rupe, Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Brooke Allen. Scanning by OCN Digital Labs. Screenings: 8/2 – 8pm 8/4 – 4:30pm 8/5 – 8pm 8/6 – 8pm 8/7 – 8pm 8/8 – 9:30pm