I Am Divine


Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 85 minutes

Described by John Waters as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Divine is one of the most unique and iconic film personalities in the Universe, whether the establishment film community dares to admit it or not! Born Harris Glen Milstead, Divine started life as an overweight Baltimore youth who was harassed and alienated. Finding comfort in outrageous movies and dressing up, his meeting with John Waters changed not only both their lives, but also the very landscape of American film itself. Incorporating film clips and interviews with figures such as John Waters, Tab Hunter, Mink Stole, and Ricki Lake, this documentary-in-high-heels struts the long and wild road that led Divine from persecution to global adoration. But, while maintaining his outrageous persona, Divine also wanted respect as a legitimate actor. Long after his tragic death, Divine continues to shock, delight, and influence generations of performers. I AM DIVINE honors Harris Glen Milstead in the way he always wanted- as a legitimate and immortal star! – C.R.

CIFF37 Screenings

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM
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10% Cinema


Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition

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Director Bio
Jeffrey Schwarz was born in 1969 in New York City. He is President and CEO of Automat Pictures, a company that creates original television programming and documentary film. He has produced and directed hundreds of shorts and several acclaimed feature length documentary films.

Select Filmography
"Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story" (2007) – 32nd CIFF, "Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon" (2008), "Vito" (2011) – 36th CIFF, I AM DIVINE (2013)

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This film is presented with the generous support of JAMES S. ANDERSON and DAVID W. WITTKOWSKY

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