I Am Divine

Documentary | USA 2013 | 90' | OV

  • Monday, 30. September 2013 20:00 hrs Odonien

25 years ago, one of the most eccentric movie stars ever to rise from the USA died from a heart attack at the age of 42: Harris Glenn Milstead, better known under the name Divine. John Waters’ (HAIRSPRAY) career would be hard to imagine without his discovery of the then 16-year-old Milstead. In EAT YOUR MAKEUP, Waters cast him to play Jackie Kennedy, in PINK FLAMINGO, he simply filmed the reactions of passers-by to the overweight actor promenading about in blonde bombshell drag. The most notorious act, however, was something else: in PINK FLAMINGOS, Divine was filmed eating dog droppings. Featuring interviews and many film excerpts, I AM DIVINE is a touching tribute to a flamboyant showperson who broke taboos for a greater good: employing humor to combat the bigotry of American society and fight for everybody’s right to self-determination – including that of heavyset, in-your-face drag queens.

In cooperation with SXSW and UFALab

Jon Glover, Lotti Pharriss Knowles, Lance Robertson, Jeffrey Schwarz
Jeffrey Schwarz
Phillip J. Bartell
Sound Recordist
Dan Greene, Paul Buscemi, Mark Orzel, Jim Siler, Petr Stepanek, Gary Stevenson, Chris White
Michael Cudahy
Principal Cast
John Waters, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter, Michael Musto, Mary Vivian Pearce, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Bruce Vilanch, Holly Woodlawn, Greg Gorman
Production Companies
Automat Pictures/Making it Big/The Collaborative

International Sales

The Film Collaborative
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Suite A
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Domestic Sale

PRO-FUN MEDIA Filmverleih
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60487 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +1 323 610 8128

Selected filmography Jeffrey Schwarz