Celebrating Pride: Paris is Burning (1990)


Theater 3 Wed, Jun 29 7:30 PM


Wednesday, June 29 Only.
With special performance by Vemilo before the movie.

Drinks @ 6:30 / Movie @ 7:30 PM

Directed by Jennie Livingston

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Digitally remastered by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Preservation funded by Sundance Institute, Outfest and the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.

1hr 16 mins / All tickets $5

Vemilo is a pop performance artist whose purpose in life is to break boundaries, stigmas and bring people together through his music, fashion & visuals. Legend has it that if Lady Gaga & Prince had a child, it would be him. Vemilo’s performances are an inclusive dance ministry of self acceptance for any race, pace, culture & creed. He is a home grown Millerton original. Whether in the Watershed kitchen or on a concert stage, Vemilo exudes courage, talent and so much damn charisma.