2013 Cinetopia Spirit Award (Documentary) winner! With special guests! Young Harris Glenn Milstead was bullied for being overweight, liking musicals, and dressing up in his mother’s clothes. In the mid-1960s, he joined the Baltimore counterculture and, through mutual friends, met aspiring director John Waters. Together, they created Divine, Milstead’s larger-than-life drag queen alter ego. Roles in classic Waters cult films like Pink Flamingos and Polyester made Divine an anti-establishment hero(ine), but what he really craved was legitimacy as a character actor – and to play male roles. I Am Divine is a story about a man who fought against what society considers conventionally beautiful, and fought for fame and artistic respect. Divine’s complete commitment to being and expressing himself perhaps did more to promote notions of freedom and acceptance than he knew. He certainly paved the way for legions of misfits to come.
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Festivals: SXSW 2013
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Screenwriter: Jeffrey Schwarz
Cast: Divine, John Waters, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Tab Hunter