Δευτέρα, 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2010

FOREVER'S GONNA START TONIGHT (2009).

Forever's Gonna Start Tonight
Forever's Gonna Start Tonight tells the astounding life story of San Francisco living legend Vicki Marlane, still strutting it onstage at 75. Vicki takes us on the ride of her life — from cross-dressed rollerskating in her youth to working the carnival sideshows circuit in the 1950s, from the wild years of San Francisco in the 1970s, to survival in the 1980s and her legendary performances at Aunt Charlie's, where she continues to perform today.
Through video documentation of Marlane's performances, archival images of her glory days, and first-person interviews with Marlane and her circle of friends, fans and co-workers, Forever's Gonna Start Tonight tells the remarkable story of America's oldest professional transgender entertainer.
Vicki recounts her childhood as a poor Minnesota farm boy who ran away, more than half a century ago, to work as a "hoochie-coochie dancer" and performer in traveling carnival sideshows. Marlane eventually worked her way up into big-time show business as a female impersonator, starting out in mafia-controlled nightclubs in Chicago back when lip-synching was still known as "record pantomime."
By the late 1950s, she was performing in drag acts across the nation, and by the mid-1960s, Vicki was a headliner at some of San Francisco's wildest nightspots. We hitchhike through the adventures that led to her being San Francisco's "Toast of the Town" in the early 1970s, and Vicki even shares her tips of the trade acquired from decades of drag experience at hot-spot venues.
Yet, her life hasn't been all glitter, glitz, and glamorous gowns. In candid interviews, we learn how Vicki has battled drug addiction, HIV, and alcoholism; how she survived the suicide of a lover and several broken hearts; and how, more than once, she was arrested and jailed for the crime of wearing women's clothes in public (as well as how she broke out of prison and took another girl along with her!).
Directed by Michelle Lawler, and produced by archivist and historian Kim Klausner (It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues In School) and Emmy Award-winning Susan Stryker (Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria) this documentary is a loving tribute to a drag icon, and a fascinating look at LBGT history and culture, all told through the memories of a San Francisco living legend.

http://www.forevertonight.com/
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