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Film: Paris is Burning + After Party

May 18 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for the kick-off event of our ongoing series “Queer Diaspora,” programmed and hosted by noted filmmaker Gregorio Davila (L.A. A QUEER HISTORY, UNIDAD: GAY AND LESBIAN LATINOS UNIDOS), with a screening of Jenny Livingston’s classic doc PARIS IS BURNING. Followed by a party after in the PRS courtyard with music by DJ Sindri of HOT DOG and alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks for sale!

There will also be vendors from Queer Mercado, the first permanent Queer family marketplace in East Los Angeles. Promoting visibility, economic opportunity, community, healing and inspiration.

PARIS IS BURNING (1990, Janus Films, 76 min.) Dir. Jenny Livingston. Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community. Digitally remastered by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Preservation funded by Sundance Institute, Outfest and the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation. – Description courtesy Janus Films.

Gregorio Davilla made his first documentary in 2001 entitled Bent Fest 2001; a documentary account of a five day music festival in Seattle which featured an all queer band line-up,and has been noted for the rare footage of Gossip, The Butchies,Traci & The Plastics and The Chromatics in their early years.

Under his production company, L.A. A QUEER HISTORY, INC., he has written, produced,edited and directed two short films and two feature-length: NANCY ROM EAST SIDE CLOVER,which played in twelve festivals around the world and won five awards, including the AUDIENCE AWARD at the SEATTLE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL, and JEANNE CORDOVA: BUTCHES, LIES & FEMINISM which made its festival debut at Outfest Los Angeles in July 2017, winning the JURY AWARD for BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY and several other awards globally. His first feature-length Documentary, L.A. A QUEER HISTORY, a film showcasing the rich LGBT+ history of the Los Angeles area, has won 3 film festival awards, a Public Media Award (NETA), a MIPCOM Diversity Award, a Telly Award, and is currently in broadcast and streaming on PBS nationally. His latest feature documentary film, UNIDAD: GAY AND LESBIAN LATINOS UNIDOS, a film about the first Queer Latine organization in the country (Gay & Lesbian Latinos Unidos, GLLU) which formed in Los Angeles in 1981, premiered on PBS in June 2023.

Ticket Price: $20 (in-person event only)

Please email [email protected] or phone 323-663-2167 with any questions.

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Philosophical Research Society
3910 Los Feliz Blvd
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