POSTED ON Jul 11, 2013 BY Keith

It’s going to be a DIVINE Opening Night!

It’s going to be a DIVINE Opening Night!

Highly Anticipated Documentary I AM DIVINE

To Open Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

HAIRSPRAY Starring Divine Kicks off Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema July 19

SEATTLE -- July 10 -- Three Dollar Bill Cinema announced today that the award-winning new documentary I AM DIVINE will open the 18th annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival on October 10 at Cinerama with a divine party following the film.

"I AM DIVINE is the story of how an overweight, effeminate, bullied Baltimore kid transformed himself into an internationally recognized drag superstar,” says I AM DIVINE Director and Producer Jeffrey Schwarz.   “He became known around the world for his leading roles in films by John Waters, including the iconic “HAIRSPRAY,” and his appearances on the stage, his recording career and touring with a disco act. Divine is an inspiration to misfits, outsiders, rebels, and freaks and I hope this movie reignites interest in this incredible individual. He's a poster child for misfit youth and I'm thrilled I AM DIVINE will be making its Seattle debut at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival!" 

Schwarz is well-known to Seattle audiences as the director of VITO which received the SLGFF 2011 Audience Award for Favorite Documentary.  “We’re big fans of director Jeffrey Schwarz and his wildly entertaining yet vitally important work celebrating provocative queer icons like Divine, Vito Russo and more,” says Keith Bacon, who takes on the role as SLGFF Artistic Director from Jason Plourde (now Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Executive Director).  “Presenting I AM DIVINE at Cinerama as our Opening Night Gala promises to be an exciting evening of pedigree, punk and pomp.”

You don’t have to wait until October 10 for some outrageous Divine fun at the movies. The hair hoppin’, booty shakin’ and beloved John Waters classic HAIRSPRAY, starring Divine and Ricki Lake, bops to Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park on July 19 to kick-off “I Need a Hero,” the Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema four-pack of FREE outdoor movies.

“Divine was my close friend and fearless muse,” says John Waters.  “Who else could convincingly turn from teenage delinquent to mugger, prostitute, unwed mother, child abuser, fashion model, nightclub entertainer, murderess and jailbird.  All in the same movie? That’s why I’m giving my full blessing to the new documentary feature film I AM DIVINE, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz.”

The 18th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will run October 10 - 20, 2013 at Cinerama (Opening Night), Harvard Exit Theatre, AMC Pacific Place Theatre, and Northwest Film Forum. An exciting mix of movies, performances, and parties are in the works, with updates to be revealed soon.