DVD, Digital Release: I Am Divine

Digital Release Date: April 1, 2014; DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Wolfe Video

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Divine takes aim in John Waters' 1972 cult favorite Pink Flamingos.

Documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon) turns his camera on the plus-sized “cinematic terrorist” turned international icon of bad taste in the 2013 docu I Am Divine.

Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, comes to life in this complex documentary that traces his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally-recognized drag superstar and cult movie icon. The film includes interviews with many key figures from Divine’s life, including legendary filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray), co-stars Ricki Lake (Hairspray), Tab Hunter (Polyester, Lust in the Dust) and Mink Stole (Female Trouble, Desperate Living), and his mother.

I Am Divine received numerous awards on the film festival circuit over the past year, including the trophy for Best Documentary at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival and Audience Awards from FilmOut San Diego, Outtakes New Zealand, Out East Queer Film Festival, Cinema Q Denver, the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the Madrid International LGBT Film Festival.

Bonus materials include a commentary track and more than 30 minutes of deleted footage.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.