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tonight, tonight | “paris” in nyc

tonight, tonight | "paris" in nyc

Wow! Just learned that Jennie Livingston’s seminal 1990 film “Paris is Burning” is screening for free tonight, outdoors on Pier 46. (Thanks @1basil1)

As I wrote in indieWIRE four years ago, “When I first saw “Paris Is Burning” in Los Angeles in 1991 it blew me away. Not counting Michael Moore‘s “Roger & Me,” it was the first true documentary, in this case a portrait of a group of New Yorkers who were part of the ball scene, I had ever seen in a movie theater. After it came out on video, I watched it many more times with friends and have always admired Jennie Livingston for creating such an incredible look inside a world that my friends and I found eye-opening. Listening to Cheryl Lynn‘s “Got To Be Real” today still takes me back to the first time I saw the film.”

I am so there.

More on the film at Wikipedia.

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