I Am Divine Screens at Downing on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2

The Downing Film Center presents a new documentary about the most beautiful woman in the world … the legendary, the outrageous, the one and only… Divine!

The new documentary I Am Divine, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, will have special screenings at The Downing Film Center on Saturday, Nov. 30, at  10 p.m., and again Monday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Divine playing Edna Turnblad in the original 1988 film by John Waters (Photo courtesy of The Downing)

Divine playing Edna Turnblad in the original 1988 film by John Waters
(Photo courtesy of The Downing)

I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, and honors him in just the way he always craved — as a serious artist and immortal star. Divine’s story is told from his early days as a misfit youth in Baltimore through his rise to infamy as a cult superstar. Like characters he portrayed in numerous films, Divine was the ultimate outsider. He transformed himself from a bullied schoolyard fat kid to a larger-than-life personality and underdog royalty as his alter-ego Divine.

Divine stood up for millions of gay men and women, female impersonators, punk rockers, the ample figured, and countless other socially ostracized people. He blurred the line between performer and personality and revolutionized pop culture.

I Am Divine combines movie clips, home movies, photos, television appearances and live performance footage with new interviews with John Waters, RickiLake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter, Holly Woodlawn and mother Frances Milstead (who provided her final interview months before she passed away).

Ticket are: general admission $8.50; seniors $7.50; students (18-21) $7.50 and members $6:50. I Am Divine is not rated and is for mature audiences only. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or at downingfilmcenter.com. The Downing Film Center is located at 19 Front St., Newburgh. Call 845-561-3686 or visit the website.

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