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

P.S. Burn This Letter Please

Year: 2020
Language: English
Run Time: 100 minutes

P.S. Burn This Letter Please
P.S. Burn This Letter Please
P.S. Burn This Letter Please
P.S. Burn This Letter Please

In 2014 a box of forgotten letters was discovered in a storage unit in Los Angeles. Preserved in secret, these letters captured the correspondence of New York City drag queens, or “female impersonators”, from the 1950s and 1960s—back when this type of self-expression meant ostracization, jail time, or even death. Many of the letters and personal stories from the gay community—a largely marginalized part of society—were destroyed by shame-filled families who never wanted the world to know. A rare window into secret lives and the hidden history of the New York City drag scene, P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE takes viewers through the laughter, sorrows, struggles, and joys of these fabulous female impersonators. An experiential time capsule, this documentary is filled with letter readings, found footage, and interviews with many of the former drag queens themselves, telling their stories for the first time. For all of the risk associated with drag, these remarkable performers refused to hide their authenticity, paving the way for future LGBTQ+ generations. Glamourous, exciting, and dangerous, these tales from the criminal underground will inspire you to live out your truth. — G.S.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Film is Art

Ad Hoc Docs Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director Director

Jennifer Tiexiera, Michael Seligman

Jennifer Tiexiera, Michael Seligman, Craig Olsen,

Zachary Shields

Michael Seligman, Alex Bohs

Film Contact

Community Partners

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

North Coast Men's Chorus

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