I Am Divine is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to an internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality and revolutionized pop culture. I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s emotional complexities and rise to infamy.
Called “pure pleasure from start to finish” by Indiewire, Jeffrey Schwarz’s I Am Divine 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 30 years after his untimely death at the age of 42.
Largely crowdfunded through the power of social media, I Am Divine is a loving and definitive biographical portrait, made by and for fans, who will be inspired by this film and be sent into fits of uproarious laughter.
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