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UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present

The Cockettes

The Cockettes
November 19, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Sebastian, Bill Weber, David Weissman.

The Cockettes  (2002)

Director Bill Weber and David Weissman’s exuberant documentary looks back at the groundbreaking psychedelic drag performance troupe The Cockettes, from their formation amid San Francisco’s commune scene in 1969 to their infamous off-Broadway debut in 1971, and beyond.  Named the best non-fiction film of 2002 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The Cockettes blends archival footage and interviews to conjure the heady spirit of cultural, sexual and personal liberation that informed the group and which it, in turn, inspired.

35mm, color, 100 min.  DIR: Bill Weber, David Weissman.

Tricia's Wedding  (1971)

Off stage, The Cockettes also made underground films, the most famous of which is this hilarious, dazzling underground spoof of Tricia Nixon’s Rose Garden wedding ceremony and the media hype surrounding it.

16mm, color, 33 min.  DIR: Sebastian.  SCR: Sebastian, Robert Patteson, Kreemah Ritz.  CAST: Goldie Glitters.

Watch the conversation with Bill Weber, David Weissman, Sebastian and Film Programmer Paul Malcolm: