One of the most fabulous, transgressive people to ever almost cross into mainstream American culture is given the documentary treatment in Jeffrey Schwarz’s “I Am Divine.”
A loving, hilarious (there is no talking head like John Waters’) and complex tribute to a man and his female alter-ego, both of whom lived their lives to the fullest, “Divine” takes us from Milstead’s challenged Baltimore upbringing as an overweight kid (where he grew up just blocks from Waters, though the two didn’t cross paths until they were both 17) to the night he died in his sleep (“of happiness,” friend and manager Bernard Jay says in the film). It was the night before he was to shoot an episode of “Married… With Children”– a significant career goal in that he was hired as Glenn, not Divine.
Wolfe Video is releasing the film on April 1st digitally and then on April 8th on DVD, but you can win the latter right here at /bent. Just tell us why you heart Divine by tweeting at us @thebentblog. We’ll pick the 5 tweets we feel best serve Divine’s legacy between now and Friday, April 4th, ask for address and send a DVD your way!