The Sons of Tennessee Williams – (USA, 2011)


sons_of_tennessee_williamsmaxresdefaultTHE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of wildly popular ‘drag balls’ starting in the late 1950s. These men worked with the traditions of Mardi Gras to bring gay culture into public settings in the early 1960s. By 1969, there were four gay Mardi Gras clubs legally chartered by the state of Louisiana, throwing yearly extravaganzas at civic venues around the city. ‘Society matrons begged for ball tickets from their hairdressers’. They succeeded in bringing down the ‘Jim Crow’ type laws that targeted gay people during this period, staging a flamboyant, costumed revolution without politics and won freedoms during a time, as now, when laws and people fought against them.

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6629440_300x300Tim Wolff is a documentary filmmaker living in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his education at CalArts in the directing for theatre and film program, studying closely with legendary director Alexander Mackendrick. In 1999, he began the first of 4 productions at HBO as a prouducer. He produced two segments of the show Real Sex, working with „Wigstock: the movie” filmmaker Barry Shils. „The Sons of Tennesse Williams”, his first feature, appeared at over 30 film festivals around the world. „Sons” was acquired by First Run Features in January of 2011 for full distribution including theatrical release, DVD and Netflix. In July of 2013, Mr. Wolff was invited by the U. S. State Department to attend 8 screenings of „Sons” in 4 cities in China, representing the first time that the U. S. government had supported an LGBT film screening in public. His next feature is MOTHER: , an exploration of the African-American drag pageant culture of New Orleans, starring transgendered rap artist Katey Red.

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