Beautiful by night – (USA, 2014)

BEAUTIFUL BY NIGHT – Un film documentar care prezintă viaţa a trei artişti de travesti de vârsta a treia, Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, şi Donna Personna, care fac drag show-uri la Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, unul dintre cele mai vechi baruri gay din cartierul Tenderloin, din San Francisco.

Beautiful By Night

By Jerry Portwood

Frank applies make-up in his bathroom/kitchen.5303788456_2832112355_nJames Hosking’s short documentary follows Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande & Donna Personna at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in San Francisco’s Tenderloin

With all the new glitz and glam surrounding drag queens in the past few years, it’s easy to overlook that many men have been donning dresses for decades at some of the seedier parts of the world. This summer, Out published „Tender(loin) Is the Night,” a story and photo essay that followed three older drag entertainers at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin area, near one of the most dangerous areas of the city that is otherwise undergoing a major gentrification effort due to the tech companies and their employees flooding the streets.

As writer Jeremy Lybarger wrote:

„Aunt Charlie’s looks like a basement at the edge of the world. The production is ramshackle: CDs skip, wigs tilt, falsies ride up out of cleavage, and yet there are nights when the show is almost transcendent. Three or four strong cocktails help, but still, there’s a sense that the place and its people are special. Most of the queens are middle-aged; a few draw pensions.

James Hosking, the photographer who captured intimate portraits of the drag performers, has created a short documentary that follows Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, and Donna Personna. It’s an intimate portrait of three men who continue to plump, pluck, and pursue a dream—even as it continues to remain elusive.

„I’m living that experience,” Personna explains in the doc. And now you can get a small taste of that experience as well. (Text from OUT magazine, 09/30/2014)


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