Any regular readers of S & A know that we have been
extensively covering the restoration and progress of Shirley Clarke’s groundbreaking 1967 documentary Portrait of Jason.
The film is an unflinching one man portrait of Jason
Holliday, “a queer, black hustler who built his entire life around transgressing
the boundaries of segregated, pre-Stonewall America. Out, proud, and
As Jason recounts
his story to Clarke, as well as her collaborator Carl
Lee and the audience, he tells unbelievable tall tales, performs routines,
and challenges the decorum of Clarke, Lee and the audience alike.
The restored film made its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, and just recently made its American premiere at the IFC Center in New York, and is now coming to Chicago for a one time only screening on Weds May 29 at 7:30PM.
The screening is sponsored by the Northwest Chicago Film Society and will take place at the Portage
Theater, located at 4050
N. Milwaukee Ave.