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SUPERSTAR IN A HOUSEDRESS
Best Documentary Toronto Inside Out Film Fest
"Jackie Curtis is not a drag queen. Jackie is
an artist. A pioneer without frontier." -Andy Warhol
Critics Choice! "Illuminating...invaluable...Curtis' satiric, sexually ambivalent take on popular culture influenced John Waters, David Bowie, Bette Midler, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch." -Chicago Reader
"Engrossing...one of the most talented and doom-ridden of them all, smartly, tartly profiled." -Chicago Tribune
I am not a boy, not a girl
I am not gay, not straight
I'm not a drag queen, not a transsexual
I am just me, Jackie. -Jackie Curtis
This superstar in a housedress happens to be Jackie Curtis: actor,
playwright, drag queen extraordinaire, and with Candy Darling and Holly
Woodlawn, also an Andy Warhol superstar. Through interviews with Curtis'
friends, Superstar in a Housedress not only paints a fascinating picture of
one performer in New York City, but also serves as a who's who of the
avant-garde artists of the 1960's and '70's. Recreating the atmosphere of
the off-off-off-off-Broadway scene before, during, and after the rise of
more famous performers like Andy Warhol, Bette Midler, and Barbra Streisand,
filmmaker Craig Highberger pays tribute to his friend using video clips of
Jackie's cabaret performances, as well as interviews and stories about every
aspect of this amazing life.
Directed by Craig B. Highberger, U.S.A., 2003, 35mm, 95 mins.