Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
Location: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Directors: Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher
Film Details: 75 minutes, 2018, USA, color, English, DCP
Official Selection of the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAM CinemaFest, and AFI Docs.
Filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher will attend in person for discussion!
“When the disco ball and the Star of Bethlehem are both signs of the divine… it’s hard not to respond with hope.” – ArtForum
“Eschewing easy demonization of any particular person or group, the filmmakers instead construct a free-moving look at faith, love, and principles.” – What (Not) to Doc
About the Film:
Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes.
The film takes a personal, and often comical look at negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance, political action, and partnership. Gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show.
Narrated by Mx Justin Vivian Bond.
About the Directors:
Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher are film and multimedia artists who have worked together for over a decade on documentaries, music videos, and live performances. Their films have exhibited at major festivals around the world including Sundance, Tribeca, NYFF, LAFF, True/False, Cannes, Locarno, and Leipzig. Their first film, October Country, was the winner of the Silverdocs Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature, was nominated for Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit awards in 2009, and was nominated for five and won two Cinema Eye awards. The filmmakers were recognized in 2010 by Filmmaker magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent film
Their second feature, Off Label, was released by Oscilloscope films in 2012. Their short film work includes the award-winning Rougarouing, a film that explores the ritual of Mardi Gras in rural Louisiana, and the Field of Vision short film Peace in the Valley, which premiered at NYFF and Sundance.
Their live cinema/dance/music project Strange Gardens recently toured with with Popup Magazine and was performed at the Risk/Reward festival. Their video installation work was recently exhibited in conjunction with Daniel Lanois at the Day for Night festival in Houston.
SINGING FROM THE ROOFTOPS
Enric Ribes | 2017 | 6 minutes | 16mm, Super 8, and Hi8 transferred to video
He was baptized as Eduardo, but he never felt this name as his own, vagabond, paratrooper, go-getter, poetry lover, dreamer, Jean Genet-esque character… but most of all, artist: in fact, probably the last quick-change artist in the almost extinct Red-light district of Barcelona “el Chino”.
A born survivor, he has taken hard blows from life and overcome them all, especially like the unrequited devotion of his only true love: Margarita Carmen Cansino, better known as Rita Hayworth… or Gilda.
This is a tribute to an artist whom, at 90 years of age, keeps going on stage everyday to deliver his show. As his beloved poet Federico García Lorca once wrote: the sissy boys of the south sing on the rooftops; Gilda Love will carry on doing so.