Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz
90 min | 2013 | USA | Not Rated
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz, director of Vito and Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, celebrates the life and legendary career of Harris Glenn Milstead, known to legions of fans as Divine—John Waters’s fearless muse and an international drag icon.
Divine’s triumphant ascent to fame is the ultimate underdog story: he transformed himself from a bullied fat kid in working-class Baltimore to a larger-than-life celebrity, starring in the notorious trash classics Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, rubbing elbows with Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol, and
ultimately conquering Hollywood in the beloved cult hit, Hairspray. Schwarz honors Divine as a serious character actor and immortal star through film clips, rare archival footage, music videos, television interviews, and personal recollections from those who knew and loved him best, including Waters, Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter, Holly Woodlawn, members of the Cockettes, and his mother, Frances (who passed away in 2009). Divine was a true force of nature who continues to inspire misfits, punks, and drag queens 25 years after his untimely death at the age of 42.
Largely crowd funded via Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaigns and the power of social media, I Am Divine is a loving and definitive biographical portrait made by and for fans, who will be both inspired by this film and sent into fits of uproarious laughter. This is a film that is not to be missed.
South by Southwest Film Festival 2013; Frameline Film Festival 2013