(USA, 2011, 73 mins)
SCR: Roya Rastegar
In English and Spanish, with Spanish and English subtitles
This exuberant documentary tells the story of Wildness, one of the most unique, electrifying and important queer parties in Los Angeles nightlife history. The film presents the creativity and conflict that arose when a group of queer avant-garde artists of color intersected with a community of transgender immigrant women at historic bar The Silver Platter in MacArthur Park. The party, begun in 2008 by performance artist Wu Tsang and DJs NGUZUNGUZU and Total Freedom, drew a mixed crowd of hipsters, artists and the bar's predominantly Latino and trans clientele, who came to dance and watch artists like Flawless Mother Sabrina, Dynasty Handbag, Ariel Prodigy, Ron Athey and others perform.
Tsang succeeds in addressing issues of immigration, gentrification, identification, community, and the history of the bar and its regulars in an authentic voice that helps him create a film as complex as life itself. Whether you're a regular who longs to return to the Wildness days or never witnessed the enchantment firsthand, you'll no doubt relish the intoxicating party footage and the film's creative twists on the standard documentary format.
WILDNESS had its World Premiere at the Museum of Modern Art and was part of the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
Sat, Jul 21st 7:30pm
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