Tricia's Wedding: 50th Anniversary Remaster

Director: Sebastian
1971 | USA | 33m
GENRE: Comedy | Drag | Local Interest/Subjects | Performance Art | Politics | Queer
SECTION: Retrospective
Expected Guests: Director Sebastian, Former Cockettes Scrumbly, Sweet Pam, & Fayette Hauser, Performance by Birdie Bob Watt

In a brand new 4K remaster commissioned by Frameline and the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and facilitated by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Tricia’s Wedding is the world-famous Cockettes’ irreverent reenactment of First Daughter Tricia Nixon’s nuptials to Edward Cox on June 11, 1971. Television correspondent Hurtme O. Hurtme covers the affair and interviews the star-studded guests, including Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Onassis, Barbra Streisand, the pope, Elizabeth Taylor, Coretta King (as played by disco superstar Sylvester), and frisky lovers Prince Charles and Mick Jagger. But when Eartha Kitt spikes the punch with LSD at the reception, all hell breaks loose. Filmed to premiere on the same night as the televised wedding, Tricia’s Wedding is a landmark of queer cinema and San Francisco LGBTQ+ history. This wild political satire even held a secret screening to Nixon’s top aides in a hidden bomb shelter at The White House.  

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary, the screening will be followed by a performance from musician-actor-drag performer extraordinaire, Birdie-Bob Watt, who will emulate the Cockettes with a number composed for their shows in the 1970s, embodying their provocative, and often subversive repertoire.