(USA, 2013, 90 min)
I AM DIVINE is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s rise to infamy and emotional complexities.
Director JEFFREY SCHWARZ
Producers LOTTI PHARRISS KNOWLES, LANCE ROBERTSON, JON GLOVER
Editor PHILLIP J. BARTELL
Music MICHAEL CUDAHY
(USA, 2011, 103 min.)
Nearly two decades after his critically acclaimed debut The Four Corners of Nowhere, writer-director Stephen Chbosky returns with this lovely adaptation of his best-selling novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a witty and affecting coming-of-age story about a gawky teenager's tribulations in the early nineties.
Fifteen-year-old loner Charlie (Logan Lerman) is about to embark on his first day of high school in the wake of his best friend's suicide. Taking an interest in the boy's budding literary talent, English teacher Bill (Paul Rudd) introduces Charlie to classics of cult literature (Fitzgerald, Salinger, Kerouac) which inspire the novice writer to undertake some adventures of his own. Emboldened, he befriends two seniors, pixie-haired Sam (Emma Watson) and her flamboyant stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller), who introduce him to the Holy Trinity of teendom: sex, pot, and lo-fi rock.
– Michèle Maheux, Toronto International Film Festival
Director/Writer STEPHEN CHBOSKY
Cinematography ANDREW DUNN
Editor MARY JO MARKEY
Music MICHAEL BROOK