Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

50 Years of Fabulous

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Run Time: 82 minutes

50 Years of Fabulous
50 Years of Fabulous
50 Years of Fabulous
50 Years of Fabulous

Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses throwing elegant balls with dazzling gowns and tiaras. The Grand Courts of Europe? No. The Imperial Court of San Francisco, the oldest LGBTQ charity in the world. Found by Jose Sarria in the 1960s, when the gay community was actively persecuted, the Imperial Court began fundraising and organizing gay business owners. They adopted the court system, electing Empresses and Emperors to turn being different into being noble. The extravagant drag and glamor became both a symbol and a celebration of blossoming political power. The gay movement began here. 50 YEARS OF FABULOUS is a heavenly history lesson. The Imperial Court was the center of the LGBTQ community’s war against oppression and, later, its fight against AIDS. These are the heroes and heroines you don’t admire yet, but will. This glittering documentary is both homage and warning, especially for the generations who think the battle is over. Here is real royalty, courage in high heels, and power with a floor-length gown. We need their majesty more than ever. – C.R.

CIFF43 Screenings

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 at 9:25 PM

Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 12:10 PM

Friday, April 05, 2019 at 3:40 PM

Watch Out! (formerly 10% Cinema)

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Jethro Patalinghug

Jethro Patalinghug is an award-winning filmmaker, video producer, and editor based in San Francisco. He has produced content for NextGen Climate, Google Street View, MTV Philippines, QTV 11, GMA 7, ABC 5, and MYX 23, among others. Patalinghug completed a B.S. in Film and Video Production at the Art Institute of California - San Francisco and founded Take the Test, a campaign that promotes HIV testing and counseling in the Philippines.


Marc Smolowitz, Donna Sachet

Executive Producer
David Lassman

Jethro Patalinghug, Amir Jaffer, Joshua Guerci, Benjamin Dennis, James Rumohr, Brian Silverman, Howard Green, Dina Boyer

Jethro Patalinghug

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