Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the poor, African American and Latino gay and transgendered community involved in it. Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.
The film explores the elaborately-structured Ball competitions in which contestants, adhering to a very specific category or theme, must "walk" and subsequently be judged on criteria including the "realness" of their drag, the beauty of their clothing and their dancing ability. In the film, titles such as "house," "mother," and "reading" emphasize how the subculture the film depicts has taken words from the straight and white worlds, and imbued them with alternate meanings, just as the "houses" serve as surrogate families for young ball-walkers whose sexual orientations have sometimes made acceptance and love within their own families hard to come by.
Drag is presented as a complex performance of gender, class and race, in which one can express one's identity, desires and aspirations along many dimensions. The African American and Latino community depicted in the film includes a diverse range of identities and gender presentations, from gay men to butch queens to transsexual women."
DOORS OPEN AT 8:30 / FILM BEGINS AT 9 P.M. (sunset)
Screening will be shown on the roof top of eighteen-thirty overlooking downtown and echo park. Please make sure to bring blankets, sweaters, pillows, etc to make yourself comfortable and warm. It can get pretty chilly at night.
ENTRANCE = 2$ (beer 1 / wine 2)
MUSICAL / VISUAL performance by ANARCHY JORDAN & your violent desires