Tokyo Lesbian Gay Film Festival

“I am Divine” at Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Monday



Super excited to see this movie about my hometown hero. Growing up in a parochial community in a declining city, Divine was our local movie star: fearless, gorgeous, and indestructible. Though deceased for many years, she remains my north star.

The documentary “I am Divine” will be shown at tomorrow’s Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at Aoyama Spiral building. Movie starts at 2.10 pm. Here’s some more information:

『I Am Divine 伝説のディヴァイン』。

ボルティモアで太めの虐められっこだったハリス・グレン・ミルステッドくん。母親に連れられて美容室に行くのが大好きだったハリスくん。保守的なボルティ モアは、まだまだゲイだということはカミングアウト出来ない街だった。高校時代にはやくもジョン・ウォーターズと出逢い、低予算の自主映画を撮る様になる。


Come see “Hollywood, Je T’aime” at Tokyo Lesbian Gay Film Festival

Los Angeles-based filmmakers Jason Bushman and Charles Herman-Wurmfeld arrived in Tokyo this weekend to show their film “Hollywood, Je T’aime” at the Tokyo Lesbian Gay Film Festival. Their film will be playing Thursday July 15 at 8 pm, and Saturday July 17 at 8:45 pm at Spiral Hall in Aoyama. The director-producer team will be at both showings for a Q&A. I’ll be there on Thursday, and encourage anyone in Tokyo to see their film or attend the festival.

The main star, a friend of the director, looks like a young Adrien Brody. It’s Jason and Charles’ first visit to Japan, and I tried to entertain them on Saturday night by showing them Ni-Chome, Hanazono Shrine (we prayed for their movie’s good fortune in Japan), Golden Gai, the male host area of Kabukicho, and finally Hagoromo, the gay-meets-yakuza sento in Nishi Shinjuku, where somehow I have become a regular.