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Community Gossip Readers' Choice: PARIS IS BURNING
Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM (BST)
London, United Kingdom
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT WE'LL BE RUNNING A STANDBY QUEUE ON THE NIGHT.
TURN UP 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE SCREENING STARTS
AND WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO SQUEEZE YOU IN.
Dir. Jennie Livingston / USA / 1990 / 78 mins
Vogue! Seven years in the making, Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston chronicling the vogue ball culture of New York City and the various ethnicities, including African American and Latino gay and transgender community involved in it. With its mixture of slang, dancing and fierce attitude, the film has been become a touchstone for many drawn to its pro-gay, affirmative stance. An inspiration for Madonna's hit song Vogue, this ball scene involved contestants walking down a catwalk and being judged on criteria including the 'realness' of their drag, the beauty of their clothing and their dancing ability.
Community Gossip (or 'CommGozz' to those in the know) is a blog that sprung up in the tail end of 2010. Fiercely pro-queer, it takes a quirky view on being 'gay' in London, mixing anicdotes and observations with found material, all infused with a healthy political edge. It's is known for pioneering the 'nu polari' - gay slang spoken around London's more alternative gay scenes. It's readers voted overwhelmingly for a screening of 'Paris Is Burning' from a shortlist of four movies. Paris is Burning received 60% of the vote!
The screening of the movie is preceeded by a performance by alt-drag legend Lazy Susan of Vauxhall club night Kimono Krush.
IMPORTANT: TICKETS ARE FREE, BUT IF YOU HAVE RESERVED A TICKET AND CAN'T MAKE THE SESSION AND LET US KNOW AT APRILFILMFEST@GMAIL.COM, SO WE CAN ALLOCATE YOUR TICKETS TO SOMEONE ELSE
When & Where
Fringe! Film Fest
It’s back, Fringe! Film Fest east London’s annual queer film and arts festival returns this April for a third outing with its biggest, most strapping programme of film, art, performance and parties yet.
With enhanced screenings, world premieres, queer classics and cult rarities, Fringe! continues to mix great film with high-energy creative events, art happenings, oddball performance, discussion and debate – and upbeat after parties – at iconic venues all over east London.
For more details on the festival head to www.fringefilmfest.com